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5 1/4” floppy disk

5 1/4” floppy disk

Mainly from the Apple II and IIgs era but also for the Mac

AUSOM began its’ life back in the late 1970’s as The Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne (A.U.S.O.M.) Inc — Before the Apple Macintosh existed, let alone iPods, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches!

The most popular personal computer in use in the 1970’s and early 80’s was the Apple II and AUSOM was formed to help Melbourne based Apple II users get the most out of these computers and soon become one of the world’s largest Apple User Group communities.

These were also days before the Internet existed, so the main way of discovering new software was through computer user groups like AUSOM. These groups copied hundreds, if not thousands, of floppy discs (in those days they did actually flop) full of Public Domain, Freeware and Shareware Software, which where then sold to their members for a small sum — usually around $5 per disk.

Because the internet didn’t exist at the height of the Apple II’s popularity, far too much of this old software was never made accessible online and runs the risk of been lost forever, so I’m trying to locate some of the old software I personally wrote back in the 1980’s and early 90’s, as well as some of the collections of Apple II Software that I know AUSOM used to (and hopefully still has) maintain so they can be preserved for posterity. Continue Reading

Nicholas Pyers Photo 2015

Nicholas Pyers

Welcome to the online home of Nicholas Pyers!

Here you’ll find many of the articles I’ve written since the mid ’80s on various topics related to Apple Computer, as well as presentations I’ve given to various Apple User Groups in Australia (and I’ve even gone to New Zealand to present) in the last decade.

If you wish to contact me, use the web form found on the About page;

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Staying in ContactOn Wednesday, April 4, 2012 the MacTalk Hunter Apple User Group hosted a presentation by Nicholas Pyers on “Staying in Contact”.

When conducting this presentation Nicholas was over 1,000km away, in a totally different state, to his audience!

He used the various methods mentioned in the presentation to communicate with the members of MacTalk Hunter group! Continue Reading

MobileMeMobileMe costs a mere 32¢ a day!

On Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Nicholas Pyers explains to ClubMac why it is worth every ¢ if you use any combination of a Mac or PC Desktop Computer, Laptop, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Continue Reading

Reading iBooksDespite the hype about how Apple’s iPad is going to kill the traditional paper based book and other e-book readers like Amazon’s Kindle, it is interesting to note that the much publicized iBooks application for the iPad is NOT actually installed on the iPad by default. Like the iTunes Remote App, it is a free, yet optional, download from the iTunes App Store. Continue Reading