2017: a big year for Apple users and enthusiasts

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In 2017 we not only celebrate 40 years of Apple’s rebirth as a real business in the form of a Corporation, but also:

  1. -) 40 years of the Apple II, Apple’s first mass-produced computer

  2. -) 30 years of the Mac II, the first “open” Mac and the first post-Jobs computer for the rest of us and 30 years of HyperCard, Bill Atkinson’s higly influential multimedia hypertextual wonder tool

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Wednesday 15 February 2017, 2:08 pm

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On Instagram and Patreon!

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Stories of Apple’s 2017 begins with two big news.

The first news is that after Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr (where we’ve surpassed 1700 posts), it now also has a brand new online outpost on Instagram.

Instagram is full of Apple historians, collectors and enthusiasts and now Stories of Apple is there too, to post and interact with them… and you. Follow us!

The second news, which will hopefully have a big impact on the future of this website (and its italian counterpart) is that Stories of Apple has joined other independent creators and publishers on the crowdfunding site Patreon!

This website has always published its contents for free and never shown intrusive and ugly ads or sponsored posts and never will. So I ask you to join Patreon and support Stories of Apple by becoming a Patron and try to finance its future publications with a small (or big) monthly sum.

There are a few tiers (I hope you’ll like their titles) and rewards on Patreon and I’ve also written a detailed explanation of what I plan to do and how you can help create more great articles and interviews about the history of Apple!

Thanks for your support

Thanks in advance for your support!

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 1:28 am

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One year of Stories of Apple on Tumblr

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Back in July last year I announced the birth of a brand new resource for “quotes, memorable images and assorted tidbits from Apple’s history”: Stories of Apple on Tumblr.

Stories of Apple on Tumblr - header

One year later, I’m proud to announce that it has gathered close to 7200 followers and amassed more than 600 posts in its archive, which you can peruse, like and retumblr.

Moreso: the posts are all thouroughly and painstakingly tagged by yours truly so you can not only see content about – let’s say – the Lisa, Sir Jonathan Ive or various Apple prototypes, but you can also search for years, such as stuff that was released or happened in 1983, 1997, 2001 or 2007.

Stories of Apple on Tumblr - July 2015

I have loads of quotes, images, graphics, videos, recordings, and plan to keep going for quite a while. I am also working by accretion and will sum up some of the most interesting threads in proper and longish posts here, on the Stories of Apple website.

In the meantime thank you for reading, reblogging, commenting, suggesting, submitting and pointing out mistakes. And if you’re not doing it (yet) follow Stories of Apple on Tumblr!

Wednesday 08 July 2015, 12:00 pm

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Stories of Apple is on Tumblr

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If you love Apple’s history and want more there’s another resource: the brand new and official account of Stories of Apple on Tumblr.

As stated in the description, it’s a [svelte and visual] companion to the articles and posts published on www.storiesofapple.net.

Stories of Apple on Tumblr

You’ll find shortish quotes, memorable images and assorted tidbits from Apple’s history, taken not only from the Stories of Apple/Storie di Apple websites but also from other notable sources online, among which are people who are or have been working at Apple and have interesting facts and memories to share.

So follow the tumblr (it’s free), read, enjoy and reblog!

Tuesday 08 July 2014, 5:37 pm

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Two great Apple-retro-styled items: the Disk II SD Card Reader and the Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock

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The world of retrocomputing (or computing history, if you wish) and modern tech products seldom meet.

I have been asked a few times to haw^^advertise new products for sale but have always refused since I never found new stuff which had something in common with the old technology I write about on Stories of Apple and its italian version. That was until a couple of days ago, when I found, on Etsy, two very nice Apple-retro-styled items made by RetroConnector.

The Disk II styled USB SD Card Reader is an external reader of SD memory cards, which has been styled after the iconic Apple II floppy disk drive from 1978. It’s available in beige, mimicking the color of the original disk drive, or in an unpainted in white and black which were the colors of a rare Bell & Howell edition of the Apple II.

Here it is, in a view embedded from the Etsy listing.

Disk II styled USB SD Card Reader

The other item is a Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock, a dock for 6th generation iPod nano. It resembles a Macintosh from the late Eighties, in a painted “platinum” beige to match the color chosen for the Mac Plus by frogdesign. Also: when inserted, the iPod nano acts as a screen for this tiny tiny computer for the rest of us.
Here it is.

Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock

Both items are quite costly ($50.00 USD for the card reader and 60 for the dock) and are obviously absolutely unofficial products, not licensed by Apple.
On the other hand they succeed in recreating the look and the memory of the original items, which are now over 30 years old, while also being useful accessories for modern Apple products, which is quite a feat.

Well done, RetroConnector!

p.s. There is no referral in the links and I do not get any percentage or kickback from the sale.

Thursday 17 April 2014, 6:59 pm
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