This "Who is Lord British? Contest" has got to be one of the more unusual examples of Softalk's frequent use of contests, puzzles, polls, and other techniques to actively engage its community of avid readers. Softalk contests were most often headline articles in their own right. This one apparently was a subtle entry intended for the interest and pleasure of the focused, detail-oriented reader.
The Softalk Apple Project is pleased to announce and thank Friends of Softalk community member Steven Brosch for the donation of the two remaining issues to the source document (physical issue) archive of the project. Steven donated the November 1980 (Vol.1 No.3) and January 1981 (Vol.1 No.5) issues.
In an open letter to members of the museum informatics community we describe our FactMiners social-game project and its relationship to the growing domain of folksonomy research and practice. Our purpose is to find kindred spirits who might we interested in working with us.
We have updated the November 1980 (V.1.03) Issue Profile of Softalk. We wish to thank Friend of Softalk Bob Murphy for the loan of his issue for scanning. In addition to the half-resolution sample cover and contents pages, we're pleased to post the full issue in PDF format.
This is an especially interesting issue as its theme is Music and includes detailed articles on rocker Todd Rundgren's Utopia band and their techno-geek proclivities as well as articles with reviews of music hardware, software, even how to do music programming. It is truly astounding how far we have come in terms of microcomputers in music since then.
We are pleased to announce that the Issue Profiles for "The Gruver Donation" issues are now on-line. Each Issue Profile includes vital information about the issue together with a medium-high resolution JPG image of the cover and table of contents page. John Gruver's donation is especially appreciated because it includes the December 1981 issue. December issues are "treasure troves" of information because they include the Holiday Gift Guide which were meticulously researched and full of information about all kinds of software and hardware available at the time.
As mentioned on the Softalk Forever!!! Facebook group/page, we are happy to field "one-off" requests for folks who have a particular few pages they need or want to see before the "heavy-lifting" of the scan part of our project bears fruit.
Today, we've posted three sample pages that were requested by StF!!! member, Steven Weyhrich. Steven has a very specific interest that could be answered by a quick scan of three pages from two issues:
We are very pleased to announce that Softalk Forever!!! Facebook page member John Gruver has generous donated three of the five missing issues to The Softalk Apple Project document archive! John's donation completes Volume 2 of the full 4-volume Softalk magazine collection. Included are; September 1981 (V2.n1), November 1981 (V2.n3), and December 1981 (V2.n4).
Okay. Now that this project and website have gone live, it's time for me to start blogging a bit. For my first post, I am pleased to announce that we've added a new content type to our content management system! 'More to the Story' stories are part of the 'extend' dimension of our 'preserve, explore, and extend' project mission.