The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs

Seattle, Washington — July 9, 2019 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and Brian Wiser are proud to announce the immediate availability of his new book “The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs.” This is a collection of his Apple II software programmed as a student. BASIC and machine language programming were once taught in schools, and here you’ll find a variety of useful graphics, education, utility, and game software. The author also shares fun stories about his programming experiences in school.

Availability

The “The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs” is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. A disk image will be available on the Apps page.

Features

  • Table of Contents – PDF
  • The Etch-a-Sketch – fun drawing with keyboard, joystick, and sound.
  • The Apple – the six color logo in beautiful lo-res.
  • Motherboard Simulation – move around an Apple IIe motherboard picture.
  • Annual Graph Matrix – graph monthly amounts for one year.
  • Compound Interest – calculate investment interest over time.
  • States & Capitals – learn about the U.S. through quizzes.
  • Access Code – an alarmed gatekeeper for your disks.
  • H – a powerful HELLO program for launching files in DOS 3.3.
  • Random Access Filer – a simple text database for contacts.
  • Tunnel Race – dodge obstacles through a text-based cavern.
  • Joystick Calibration – optimize your entertainment device.

Author

Brian Wiser is a long-time consultant, enthusiast and historian of Apple, the Apple II and Macintosh. Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, as well as Creative Computing, Nibble, InCider, and A+ magazines were early influences. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced many books including: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition, What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, and The WOZPAK: Special Edition – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak’s restored original, technical handwritten notes.

He passionately preserves and archives all facets of Apple’s history, and noteworthy related companies such as Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering, featured on AppleArchives.com. His writing, interviews and books are featured on the technology news site CallApple.org and in Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine that he co-produces. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris.

In 2005, Brian was cast as an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie Serenity, leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures to large audiences at conventions around the country.

Publisher

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985.  Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer, and has produced over a dozen new book titles since 2013 in addition to over 100 Apple software titles.

A.PP.L.E. produced and published the The WOZPAK Special Edition – a detailed book containing Steve Wozniak’s restored handwritten notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also publish titles such as: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition by Mark Pelczarski, Tome of Copy Protection,  Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution by Mike Harvey, What’s Where in The Apple: Enhanced Edition, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition by David H. Ahl, The A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.

Press information is available at: www.callapple.org/press

Books are listed at: www.callapple.org/books

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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.