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Apple IIe

The Apple IIe is the third model in the Apple II series of personal computers produced by Apple Computer. The e in the name stands for enhanced, referring to the fact that several popular features were now built-in that were only available as upgrades or add-ons in earlier models. Improved expandability combined with the new features made for a attractive general-purpose machine to first-time computer shoppers; as the last surviving model of the Apple II computer line before discontinuation, having been manufactured and sold for nearly 11 years with few changes, the IIe earned the distinction of being the longest-lived computer in Apple's history. Apple Computer planned to discontinue the Apple II series after the introduction of the Apple III in 1980. Management believed that "once the Apple III was out, the Apple II would stop selling in six months", cofounder Steve Wozniak said. By the time IBM released the rival IBM PC in 1981, the Apple II's technology was four years old. In September 1981 InfoWorld reported—below the PC's announcement—that Apple was secretly developing three new computers "to be ready for release within a year": Lisa, "McIntosh", "Diana".

Describing the last as a software-compatible Apple II replacement—"A 6502 machine using custom LSI" and a simpler motherboard—it said that Diana "was ready for release months ago" but decided to improve the design to better compete with the Xerox 820. "Now it appears that when Diana is ready for release, it will offer features and a price that will make the Apple II uncompetitive", the magazine wrote."Apple's plans to phase out the Apple II have been delayed by complications in the design of the Apple III", the article said. After the Apple III struggled, management decided in 1981 that the further continuation of the Apple II was in the company's best interest. After ​3 1⁄2 years of the Apple II Plus at a standstill, came the introduction of a new Apple II model — the Apple IIe; the Apple IIe was released in the successor to the Apple II Plus. The Apple IIe was the first Apple computer with a custom ASIC chip, which reduced much of the old discrete IC-based circuitry to a single chip; this change resulted in reducing the size of the motherboard.

Some of the hardware features of the Apple III were borrowed in the design of the Apple IIe, some from incorporating the Apple II Plus Language card. The culmination of these changes led to increased sales and greater market share of home and small business use. One of the most notable improvements of the Apple IIe is the addition of a full ASCII character set and keyboard; the most important addition is the ability to display lower-case letters. Other keyboard improvements include four-way cursor control and standard editing keys, two special Apple modifier keys, a safe off-to-side relocation of the "Reset" key; the auto-repeat function is now automatic, no longer requiring the "REPT" key found on the keyboards of previous models. The machine came standard with 64 KB RAM, with the equivalent of a built-in Apple Language Card in its circuitry, had a new special "Auxiliary slot" for adding more memory via bank-switching RAM cards. Through this slot it includes built-in support for an 80-column text display on monitors and could be doubled to 128 KB RAM by alternatively plugging in Apple's Extended 80-Column Text Card.

As time progressed more memory could be added through third-party cards using the same bank-switching slot or, general-purpose slot cards that addressed memory 1 byte at a time. A new ROM diagnostic routine could be invoked to test the motherboard for faults and test its main bank of memory; the Apple IIe lowered production costs and improved reliability by merging the function of several off-the-shelf ICs into single custom chips, reducing total chip count to 31. The IIe switched to using newer single-voltage 4164 DRAM chips instead of the unreliable triple-voltage 4116 DRAM in the II/II+. For this reason the motherboard design is much cleaner and runs cooler as well, with enough room to add a pin-connector for an external numeric keypad. Added was a backport-accessible DE-9 joystick connector, making it far easier for users to add and remove game and input devices. Improved were port openings for expansion cards. Rather than cutout V-shaped slot openings as in the Apple II and II Plus, the IIe has a variety of different-sized openings, with thumb-screw holes, to accommodate mounting interface cards with DB-xx and DE-xx connectors.

Although the lower IC count improved reliability over previous Apple II models, Apple still retained the practice of socketing all ICs so that servicing and replacement could be performed more easily. Later-production IIe models had the RAM soldered to the system board rather than socketed. Despite the hardware changes, the IIe maintains a high degree of backwards compatibility with the previous models, allowing most hardwa

Darkwing Duck (TurboGrafx-16)

Darkwing Duck is a video game for the TurboGrafx-16 console based on the animated series Darkwing Duck. It was designed by Radiance Software, it was published by Turbo Technologies Inc. in 1992. Steelbeak has recruited some of St. Canard's dangerous criminals to help to build an ultimate crime weapon; as a result, S. H. U. S. H. Requires the help of Darkwing Duck to stop them. There are few clues, except a picture of the criminals looking at stolen artwork. Darkwing must bring Steelbeak to justice by scouring the city to find jigsaw puzzle pieces that reveal the villain's location. Players battle enemies while collecting puzzle pieces scattered throughout each of the first three levels. Levels are timed and Darkwing is crushed by a falling safe for prolonged idling; the player's primary attack is jumping on enemies heads. The player can use a gas gun, which can only be used when the player has gas pellets as ammunition. Three colors of gas pellets correspond to confusing and knock out gases, which describe the effects inflicted on enemies.

Cherry bombs can be used to defeat all enemies on the screen and scattered power-ups can be collected for various effects such as increasing remaining lives or granting temporary invulnerability. The game has received negative reviews from critics. TurboPlay magazine, dedicated to the TurboGrafx-16 console, gave the game a rating of 40%, it noted the unimpressive soundtrack and weak graphics, which do not use all the features of the console. List of Disney video games Darkwing Duck Darkwing Duck at MobyGames Darkwing Duck at IGN

Chet Allen (actor, born 1928)

Chet Allen was an American actor. Allen was born in Chickasha, the seat of Grady County, Oklahoma on August 17, 1928. Allen was known for his supporting role as the 31-year-old "Slats" in the 1959-1960 NBC adventure/drama television series The Troubleshooters with costars Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias; the half-hour, black-and-white program was about unusual events of a rescue nature, regarding an international construction company. Forrest Compton and the stunt actor Carey Loftin appeared in the 26-week series; the series is notable for being directed by a young Robert Altman, whom Allen was close friends with and once related to by marriage. He was an art director for the films The Delinquents, The Magic Bond, Honeymoon for Harriet. In 1964, Allen, at thirty-six, made his last acting appearance as a hoodlum in the film and the Seven Hoods. In 1987, he was production designer for the USA network film, P. K. and the Kid, starring Molly Ringwald in the role of P. K. Bayette; the picture was filmed around Colorado.

After transitioning from the film industry to construction in the early 1960s, Allen became a sought-after designer and builder of swimming pools in the Los Angeles area. A father of six, Allen died at the age of 82 on April 19, 2011 of lung cancer at his home in Topanga, California. Chet Allen on IMDb

Barly Baruti

Baruti Kandolo Lilela, better known by his pen name Barly Baruti, is a Congolese cartoonist. He has been described by the British Broadcasting Corporation as "the Congolese author best known outside his country", he studied pedagogy worked at the graphics studio of the French Cultural Centre in Kisangani. There, in 1982, he wrote and drew his first published comic, Le Temps d'agir, on environmental issues. In 1984, having won a comics competition, he was invited to study comics writing in Angoulême in 1987 worked for a few months at the Studios Hergé in Brussels, he returned to Congo, where he published several albums moved to Belgium in 1992. In 1994, the Cultural Centre in Kisangani published his album Objectif Terre!, an environmental manifesto. In the late 1990s, he co-produced Eva K, a trilogy of comics albums, with Frank Giroud, followed by Mandrill, a series of seven albums. For these works, Baruti "replaced his semi-humorous clear line style with a more realistic one". In December 2010, he was invited to participate in the first international exhibition of African comics, in Paris.

Baruti is the co-founder of the Atelier de Création et de l'Initiation à l'Art to encourage talented youth in Kinshasa

Bear Mountain (New Hampshire)

Bear Mountain is a 3,219-foot mountain located in Bartlett, New Hampshire, USA. Bear Mountain is flanked across Bear Notch, by Bartlett Haystack. To the east is Table Mountain, followed by Big Attitash Mountain; the north side of Bear Mountain drains via Louisville Brook and Albany Brook to the Saco River in Bartlett. The southern slopes of the mountain drain to the Swift River, on the southwest via Douglas Brook and on the southeast via Cilley Brook, which joins the Swift River at Rocky Gorge. Once home to an alpine ski trail, Bear Mountain is sometimes confused with nearby Bear Peak at the Attitash ski area. List of mountains in New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest Bear Mountain - New England's Alpine CCC Ski Trails Bear - NHMountainHiking.com

Brandon Halverson

Brandon Halverson is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. He was selected by 59th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Halverson played major junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. On July 2, 2015, the New York Rangers signed Halverson to an entry-level contract. During the 2017–18 season, on February 17, 2018, Halverson made his NHL debut with the Rangers, stopping 5 shots and allowing 1 goal, in a 6–3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Following the conclusion of his entry-level contract, Halverson was not tendered a qualifying offer, releasing him as a free agent from the Rangers. Leading into the 2019–20 season, Halverson continued in the ECHL, securing a contract with the Norfolk Admirals on October 4, 2019. List of players who played only one game in the NHL Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database