Apple //e Twitter machine

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark -- if you like that sort of thing.

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By John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark -- if you like that sort of thing.

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I just got a tweet from @yergacheffe letting me know that my @johnedgarpark Twitter avatar made me look young in 8-bit.

Why does he have my avatar in 8-bit? Because he took an Apple //e and wrote a bootable 5.25″ Twitter floppy for it! This all makes me immensely happy, because I, too, spent my formative years in front of an Apple //e.

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In his own words:

The Apple II has an 8-bit 6502 CPU running at 1 MHz, so it can literally execute thousands of instructions per second. In other words, it’s about a million times slower that the computer you are using right now. So I wasn’t about to write a networking stack or Twitter client on the Apple II itself. Just like the TweetWall the communication with Twitter would happen on a PC and the Apple is just used for display.