Spotlight: Matt Hovey

On April 27, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Matt Hovey of Weird Kid Software

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About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

The Complete Historically Brewed
Book Review

On May 23, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Complete Historically Brewed
Author: David Greelish
Publisher: Classic Computing Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-53812-9
Price: US$26.95 | 198 pages

David Greelish is known to many in the computing community as an evangelist of classic computing.

The extent of his interest has garnered such projects as the Classic Computing blog, Retro Computing Roundtable podcast, Stan Viet’s History Of The Personal Computer podcast, and the Classic Computing Show podcast.

Clearly David has many achievements to his name but his main achievement is his magazine publication; Historically Brewed.

Historically Brewed started out as a bi-monthly (every other month) “zine” (newsletter / magazine). It was published to a subscriber based audience from 1993 to 1997.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Liquid Metal
TechFan Podcast #73

On April 20, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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What the heck is Liquid Metal? You will have to listen to this episode of TechFan to find out. Also, is digitizing archived materials actually good? The original Prince of Persia for the Apple II has it’s source code released, and it’s David’s birthday!

Archives digitize 19th century materials for 21st century access
Original Apple II Prince of Persia source code published by creator
How ‘Liquidmetal’ Could Give the Next iPhone Its Special Swagger

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Apple’s January 19th education event brings the iPad to the forefront as an educational tool to replace textbooks and classroom computers.  Apple is once again focusing on the K-12 education market, a market it dominated in the early 1980’s with the Apple II.  But is the iPad really the device Apple is focusing on here?  Or is there another device in Apple’s future that this event is paving the way for?  I think Apple needs a new device, I call the ePad.



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About Darrin Waggoner

Darrin is a long time Apple user, dating back to 1979 when his father purchased an Apple ][+ to help run his printing pre-press business. In 1984 the business purchased their first of many Macs, an original 128k model. Darrin has been a software developer for over 20 years and is currently a Software Development Manager at his day job. But he is still involved in the family business, Fleet Graphics in Dayton, Ohio (, which is now focused on wide-format and digital printing. He is also a registered iOS developer and has an app he created for Fleet Graphics published in the iTunes App Store.

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By Mick O’Neil

When Apple introduced the successful Apple II series, the company also went a long way toward defining what we mean by a workable personal computer. For example, the CPU came in a box along with an expansion bus; it was accessible so that a user could make up for hardware deficiencies by modifying the mother board; cards containing new technology could be added to ‘upgrade’ the system; users could save data to a floppy drive; and peripherals could be attached to expansion cards via punch out tabs in the rear of the computer. In addition, some software was included in ROM (Read Only Memory) to allow the computer to ‘boot’ and read information from a floppy disk. When IBM released the PC a few years later, the hardware was a bit more sophisticated, but the model was pretty much the same.

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