Welcome to The Softalk Apple Project

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Welcome to The Softalk Apple Project website. And a Special HELLO to Softalk Forever!!! Facebook group members.

Our site and its associated project to create a digital archive of the complete run of Softalk magazine is in its early stages and growing as a grassroots community project. So far you can get just a taste of the depth and breadth of the content of the remarkable Softalk magazine. Take a look around and set a bookmark so you can come back to check on our progress. We'll be heading to Kickstarter to fund our exciting plans to preserve, explore, and extend the content legacy of Softalk magazine.

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 Unfortunately, Volume 2 remained unpublished when Softalk went bankrupt in August 1984.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.

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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.

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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.

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