March 13, 2007
A three-year project by Jim Andrews, Geof Huth, Lionel Kearns, Marko Niemi, and Dan Waber has come to fruition. The result is that an important set of early digital poems is available once more; the editors, also, have saved the original bits and made the running work available in several emulated, ported, and recorded ways, setting a powerful example for future preservation and porting of digital art, games, and poetry.
While the disk image is labeled the “emulated version,” you don’t have to run the image in emulation. Using Apple Disk Transfer, ADTWin, or a similar program, you can write a real Apple II floppy with the bits on the image and then run it on authentic hardware. Such hardware may be scare, of course, but it’s far easiler to come by than one of bpNichol’s 100 first-edition floppies. I’m planning to suit First Screening up in an Apple II and let it run at some point … but I have this deadline to attend to before I work on that …