Category Archives: Finnish

Apple Opas

img_20170912_0818312_sFinally i was able to find an copy of the “Apple Opas”. I had an photocopied version of it in my collection before. Book was translated to Finnish and written by Tietoväylä in Jyväskylä, Finland, 1981.

img_20170912_0818332The book covers BASIC / DOS3.3 / Pascal as well various hardware add-on’s at the time. The terminology sound funny now in 2017 however of cos.

apple-opas-_-oy-apple-computer-finland-ab_closeup_sAnd it have  have forewords by Seppo T. Nykänen CEO of OY Apple Computer Finland AB at the time.

The book will be scanned and it will be available as PDF at : archive.org later this year.

(C) 2017 Jorma Honkanen
Apple ][ forever – finapple

Vintage Apple-logo signs

mainos_loydetty_sThese Vintage Apple-signs or trade show props, were donated to my by a friend and colleague. He used to work to repair Apple and Macintosh computers back in 1980 and 1990’s. He must have saved these and totally forgotten these for all these years. They came across his basement storage recently and he of cos,  knew my interested in the “old apples”, offered them to me right away.  There were supposed to be just one, but to his suprisement, there were two of them. One being more rough,  the sticker corners are peeling off due old age, but the other one is in much better shape.  Needs just some cleaning. The better one will make nice props to my work/hobby room.

manos_puhditust_2Cleaning was needed or at least trying …

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So basicly i tried just basic every household cleaning methods. Tolu-foam which really didn’t do much but maybe  polish the plastic a bit – the darker dirt came off however perfectly with Label-Off spray. The plastic itself was partly yellowed (I know! this sounds like a job for Mr. Retr0bright..). But i don’t think it’s much of a worth the effort to go that extreme on this case. If you want these, you can easily make your own copies.

mainos_puhdistus_1_sSo i was quite ok with them cleaned up, glued together the logo a bit and we’re good to go.

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I placed them to my work/hobby room against the wall. But. I had an idea. I need to find where i can cut another of them to perfect square around the logo itself, it would make great framed decoration to the wall..

Konttorikone-messut 1986

Konttorikone-messut (1986) was big retail show in downtown Helsinki, held in Messukuskus, Pasila.

These pictures are taken by unknown person and donated to me by Markku Jussila.

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The stand of Mustapörssi have also an sign “Apple II Forever” and clearly an Apple //c there for display. But in 1986, as the Macintosh had arrived (and possibly here, Macintosh Plus) the Desktop publishing was the new big thing and Apple ][‘s started to fade away from mainstream.

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Apple Computer stand and Mercantile Data Oy. What an nice big display there!

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Introducing the Macintosh Plus i assume?

km1986_4No Apple ][‘s to be seen anymore…

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Donation of Macintosh Plus?

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This picture is actually not releated to the topic itself, as this must be the first Macintosh 128k been given to the first owner (or intruction time) – but as this blog is not about Macintosh, i’ll just leave it here.. Historical importance is however valid.

Apple //c in SALE!

The high price-point for the Apple //c then of cos lead to this.

Mustapörssi was electronics retailer of the 1980’s and was very aggressive with their pricing and commericals. I’ve wondered what was the “complete gaming software bundle” package they offered?

If somebody knows about what it containted, please contact me.

 

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Laser Shop!

Laser Shop sold Apple ][‘s as well, in this case, the Apple //c which got LOTS of ad’s in Microcomputer magazines trying getting back to the market. But.. Apple //c was quite expensive if you compare to the other 8-bits, like Commodore 64 or Spectrum whose ruled over the market before Amiga and then later Windows units.

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Z-RAM II for Apple IIc (Applied Engineering)

Nice ad for Applied Engineering “Z-RAM II” for Apple //c from Finnish microcomputer magazine “PRINTTI” which were just finally, scanned to PDF and can be found online.

Wonder how many of these actually were bought? I’ve never seen any so far.

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http://ae.applearchives.com/apple_c/z-ram_ultra_ii/z-ram_ultra_series_brochure.pdf

 

Update!
I managed recently found an Z-RAM II board! It was installed in German Apple //c (yet to be received).

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Choplifter (Omenahyve, Joulukuu 1983)

Omenahyve (Appleklubi – Apple Finland User’s Club Ry) user’s magazine had an review of classic Apple ][ game, “CHOPLIFTER” (by Broderbund), in their December 1983 issue.

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Original review by Esa Juntura, son of Aapi Juntura who wrote articles to the magazine and was quite a hardware hacker back in the day. Sadly the magazine was printed cheaply and there’s issues with quality, which, i’m afraid, i have NOT fixed as of yet. Maybe someday i’ll do complete rescan for the whole serie of issues published (i am missing few i think).

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And the original box for the game (from my own collection). Thanks to Alex Lee of http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/ for the fixing the image.

 

WB-Sails Oy and Apple ][+

I came across this company recently while helping them with vintage Macintosh-hardware, that they have used Apple ][+ back in the day, early 1980’s, to design and cut sails for the sail-boats.

That Basic-software would be great to find and preserve.

http://www.wb-sails.fi

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Isonvillasaarentiellä tuli ahdasta ja Meripellontielle Centrum Marinan taloon siirryttiin 1983. Solveig Thun-Wilenin suunnittelema logo alkoi saada jo nykyisen kaltaisia piirteitä. Texas Instrumentsin ohjelmoitava laskin antoi tilaa Apple II:lle v. -81. Maailman ensimmäinen purjeensuunnitteluohjelma henkilökohtaiselle tietokoneelle ohjelmoitiin itse BASIC-kielelellä.