Exec: Sir-Tech - Wizzing to the Top

Ever wonder why that little bucking bronco symbol is on the back of your Wizardry manual, encircled with the words “Frederic Remington Country?”

Frederic Remington was a loner who dedicated his life to depicting the solitary existence of the cowboy and the vanishing lifestyle of the American Indian; he painted the wild mustangs of the prairies and the lonely, majestic beauty of the Great Plains and the Rockies. His works embody the spirit of the western wilderness. By the time he finished his travels around the American frontier, it had become a part of him; the life was in his blood. He chose Ogdensburg, New York, as his permanent place of residence.

Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners Are Ashoka/LEGO #Play2Learn Semi-Finalists!

We are very excited to announce that both The Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners have been selected as semi-finalist Pacesetter projects in the Ashoka #Play2Learn challenge. Selection as a Pacesetter comes after a thorough screening process in which 636 entries were considered. We are incredibly pleased to be moving on to the next phase of this Challenge.

Assembly Lines by Roger Wagner - Part 16

Assembly Lines, Part 16 was first published in Softalk in January 1982. This was the first article in what was supposed to be "Volume 2" of "Assembly Lines: The Book". Unfortunately, Volume 2 remained unpublished when Softalk went bankrupt in August 1984. Part 16 is actually the first of three parts where Roger Wagner explains how to interface assembly language with Applesoft Basic.

Ashoka and LEGO Foundation Launch changemakers #Play2Learn: We're In! :-)

The legendary social enterprise incubator and advocacy organization, Ashoka, and LEGO Foundation have teamed up for a monumental changemakers.com #Play2Learn program. Here's the opening statement about this Changemaker Challenge:

In the face of critical and complex challenges, we believe that children and young people need to better develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration so they can step into leadership roles in pursuit of purpose.

Timlynn Babitsky Takes Reins as Head Archivist and Project Director

Timlynn Babitsky to "stick around" as Head Archivist & Project Director of The Softalk Apple Project

May 5, 2014. STAP Founder and Research Director Jim Salmons announced today that Timlynn Babitsky has accepted the combined roles of Project Director and Head Archivist for the Softalk Apple Project. Her focus will be on managing preparation of all 9,300 pages of Softalk magazine for preservation in the Stanford Digital Repository, coordinating and supporting the work of Volunteer Archivists, and extending the content of the STAP website with new articles, posts and authors.

Timlynn brings a wide and varied background to the STAP project. She is a gifted educator, mentor, organizer and manager, a well-published writer, and a skilled public speaker. "Timlynn is really adept at wearing many hats, and keeping every project moving smoothly," noted Jim Salmons. "She will be a strong lead for the Softalk Apple Project."

Roll up Your Sleeves - Become a STAP Volunteer Archivist

If you have keen interest in something published in Softalk magazine -- a particular game, software, hardware, author, topic, advertiser, etc., – join the hunt to explore and extend its presence in the digital archive. Become a Volunteer Archivist.

Volunteer Archivists will be among the first to identify and gather all references to their Archive focus within the 9,300+ pages of Softalk magazine. Our STAP "Citizen Historians" will then cross reference and link these Softalk references with other references on the web that are being made available by way of the growing use of Linked Open Data (AKA 'LOD') principles and standards.

Chris Torrence Is the "Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist"

The Softalk Apple Project is very pleased to announce that Chris Torrence has accepted the role of Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist for the Softalk Apple Project. Chris brings to the project a long standing appreciation for Softalk magazine and particularly for the articles written by Roger Wagner on Assembly Language. As Chris stated in accepting this Volunteer Archivist role:

I received my first complimentary issue of Softalk in January 1982, a couple of months after my family had won an Apple II+ at a computer store grand opening in Detroit, Michigan. I was 13 years old and in 8th grade, and from that point on, I was hooked on computers. I remember pouring over each issue of Softalk, reading reviews of new games, and interviews with people like Buckminster Fuller and Richard Bach.