Category Archives: Handhelds

My “Portable Week” Offering to /r/RetroBattlestations

Another week, another competition over at Reddit’s /r/RetroBattlestations. This week was Portable Week. The challenge was on the easy side this time around: display a message of greeting to the subreddit on the screen of a portable retro battlestation. Now, … Continue reading

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It Occurred to Me That a Lot Has Changed in Mobile Computing over the Last Fifteen Years

This past weekend my wife and I headed down to Charlottesville, VA for the night, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. When we met, she was half-way through law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and I soon … Continue reading

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A Trove of Apple Promo Videos from the ’80s and ’90s

For a few years now I’ve been sitting on two DVDs full of Apple promotional videos that someone put together and auctioned on eBay. Happily, most of the content was new to me. The videos promote various Apple systems, primarily … Continue reading

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‘ActiveGS’ for iOS: Boundless Mobile Apple II Goodness

Last week I wrote a post about FTA’s recent iOS release Active GS – Best of FTA [App Store]. (I wrote one for TouchArcade too, actually.) The app is a collection of Apple IIgs demoscene productions from FTA and associated … Continue reading

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iPad 2 Launch Day at the Apple Store in Clarendon, VA

Yesterday was iPad 2 launch day and, of course, I was there to grab Apple’s most powerful iOS device by far. I got about 2 hours of sleep last night, as I just couldn’t put the thing down. I’ll post … Continue reading

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FTA Releases Apple IIgs Emulator in the iOS App Store

Long-time readers may be aware of the fact that I’ve long been a big fan of the demoscene. I saw my first true demoscene production (or “demo”) the night I received my mail order Amiga 2000 back in 1989. I … Continue reading

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Of a Dancing Baby and a Pocket Reference

Just a quick one here. I dug out my Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 the other night to take a video to share around of the Dancing Baby app put together by Arnold Kim (of MacRumors.com) back in 1997 or so. … Continue reading

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Apple’s iPad: The Dynabook, And The Future Of Computing, Has Arrived

Look closely. The device you see above is the future of computing. And I guarantee it. Wednesday, January 27, 2010. A day to remember. That is the day that Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Yerba Buena … Continue reading

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Newton Poetry: An Active Newton Blog…In 2008

As my readers are likely aware, I’m a big fan of the Apple Newton. I consider my MessagePad 2100 to be the finest PDA I’ve ever owned, relatively speaking. That said, imagine how surprised and happy I was to run … Continue reading

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Newton eMate 300 As A Serial Terminal

Ok, my three regular readers may be asking themselves, “didn’t we just read this story?” They would be mistaken in thinking so, however. Back in late July I described the manner in which I configured my Apple //c to serve … Continue reading

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