Apple II’s 30th Anniversary.

150_-apple-ii.jpgIt was on June 5, 1977 that the Apple II, the world's first "practical" personal computer, went on sale.
Featuring an integrated keyboard, built-in BASIC programming languages, expandable memory, a monitor capable of color graphics, a sound card and expansion slots, the Apple II resembles today's modern desktops in the way a '38 Plymouth resembles a Cadillac Escalade. Cruder, perhaps, with fewer bells and whistles, but a smoothly functioning machine nevertheless.

A few years later I upgraded from a TRS-80 to a second-hand Apple II. I was amazed at the ease of a computer that you didn’t have to program yourself! Link

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Remember the cool disks with all the dealer programs? The guy that sold us some of our accessories when we built our first Apple gave us copies. Applevision (a cool program that had some impossibly complex mix of Integer Basic and assembly language), Nightmare #6 (the object of the game is to find out the object of the game!), the Great Probability Machine, etc. Good times! And of course Little Brick Out on the DOS 3.3 master disk. And later, when I got involved with a computer club, Disk Muncher was my best friend!! Just amazing to think that I now have nearly every Apple II program I ever used or played on my hard drive thanks to Apple Disk Transfer and AppleWin!

Such great memories...
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I was in fifth grade circa 1981. "Mr. Markoff," a young psychologist for the school district was so excited about computers. He selected a few kids (myself included) from the 5th and 6th grades who were the best at math and took us out of class for an hour per week to teach us BASIC on the Apple II. Thank you, Mr. Markoff, wherever you are!
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Does anybody else remember the Apple IIc game "Island Prison?" We picked up a copy that didn't have directions, and it was such an eerie game. It was very frustrating, as you had to figure out a maze through a castle, but sometimes, for seemingly no reason, you'd be set back right where you started...five hours earlier. In the rare event that you made it through the castle, you were outside, with no clue as to the point of the game. But now there were fields and fences to explore. Man, that thing brings back some very confusing memories.
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WTF is the Cadillac Escallade supposed to be representative of the evolution of the automobile in the same way that modern computers have evolved? I hope the fsck not, otherwise we are screwed.
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