|Turtle Robots - Peter Neubauer|
The growth of the personal computer made computer-controlled robots popular and accessible to hobbyists. "Turtles" are a style of small, mobile robot resembling cybernetic animals. Join Peter Neubauer at KansasFest 2011 for a photo tour and comparison of several turtle robots contemporary with the Apple II.
Keywords: turtles; robots; Peter Neubauer; Apple II; KFest; KansasFest; 2011
|Apple III, A Closer Look - Mike Maginnis|
Mike Maginnis provides an overview of the Apple III and a look at all those nasty rumors about its allegedly poor design and engineering. Download the slides at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ and read clarifications from the presenter at http://wp.me/pJsxq-43
Keywords: KansasFest; 2011; KFest; Mike Maginnis; Apple; Apple III; Apple ///
|Hidden Gems of the Apple IIgs Toolbox - Eric Shepherd|
The Apple IIgs Toolbox is big. Really big. It does a lot of stuff. You may know about a lot of it, but there's stuff in there that's not obvious. At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd takes a look together at some of the interesting bits you may not have noticed.
Keywords: IIGS; KansasFest; KFest; 2011; Eric Shepherd; Sheppy; toolbox; programming
|Today in iOS 2011 - Rob Walch|
Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple's iOS and related hardware.
Keywords: KansasFest; 2011; KFest; Apple; Rob Walch; iOS; iPad; iPhone
|KFest 2010 - Rob Walch, iPhone 4.0 and iPad - Ken Gagne|
In April, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer compatible with the iPhone's App Store. In June, the iPhone and iPod Touch received the iOS 4 firmware upgrade. Rob Walch of the Today in iOS (formerly Today in iPhone) podcast, brings us both these devices with tips, tricks, and critiques of Apple's new mobile hardware and software. The slides Rob used are available for download at kansasfest.org/downloads/
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Rob Walch; iOS; iPhone; iPad
|A Tour of An Apple II Built In Minecraft - Steve Weyhrich|
A tour of a scale model of an Apple II Plus, built in the game Minecraft, by Steve Weyhrich. Find the videos used in this presentation at http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL305A535804065D37
Keywords: KansasFest; 2011; KFest; Steve Weyhrich; Minecraft; Notch; Apple II
|HackFest 2010 - Ivan Drucker|
HackFest is an annual programming competition in which KansasFest attendees are challenged to write the coolest program possible for the Apple II while at KansasFest. Contestants Peter Neubauer, Martin Haye, Scott Miller, and Jeff Blakeney present their entries before Ivan Drucker announces the winners, as determined by Drucker, Ken Gagne, and Sean Fahey.
Keywords: KansasFest; 2010; KFest; HackFest; competition; programming; contest; development
|Disk Drive Maintenance - Tony Diaz|
Keeping those disks a-spinnin': How to make your 5.25" and 3.5" disk drives work like they never have before, and then some. Tony Diaz demonstrates how to disassemble and reassemble like a pro.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Tony Diaz; floppy; disk; drive; maintenance
|KansasFest's Bite The Bag 2010|
"Bite the Bag" is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. Long absent from our convention, Geoff Weiss gave this game its Rockhurst debut when he put it on the KansasFest 2010 schedule. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance.
Keywords: KansasFest; 2010; KFest; party; bag; Bite the Bag; grocery; competition; contest
|Bite the Bag 2011 - Geoff Weiss|
Bite the Bag is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. For the second year in a row, Geoff Weiss hosted this event at Rockhurst University for KFest 2011 attendees. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance.
Keywords: party; bag; Bite the Bag; grocery; competition; contest; Apple II; KansasFest; KFest; 2011
|Using disk images on the Apple IIgs - Ken Gagne|
Over the past few years, there have been developments which allow greater support of disk images on the IIgs. Geoff Weiss demonstrates the latest technology with such products as MountIt by Brutal Deluxe and the SmartportVHD by Cedric Peltier.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2011; Geoff Weiss; MountIt; SPVHD; SmartPort; disk images; emulation; emulators; Apple; Apple II
|Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft - Ivan Drucker|
Wouldn't it be great if you could put whatever machine language you wanted into a standard Applesoft program with practically no performance, dependency, or stability issues? With Ivan Drucker's Slammer, you can! Slammer is a new method for installing and executing machine language routines, at machine language speed, using 100% legal Applesoft. This presentation introduces Slammer, explains how to use it, and describes the unusual and extreme machine language programming behind its development...
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Ivan Drucker; Appke; Apple II; assembly; programming; development; machine language; Applesoft; BASIC
|Introducing NuInput - A Superior INPUT - Ivan Drucker|
If you've programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don't need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank entry, provide an ESCape, and much more! Download your copy at ivanx.com/appleii/
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Ivan Drucker; Apple; Apple II; input; BASIC; NuInput; programming; Applesoft
|Sweet16 v2.3 unveiling - Eric Shepherd|
At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd of SheppyWare debuts and demonstrates v2.3 of Sweet16, the premiere Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X. Download Sweet16 from sheppyware.net/software-mac/sweet16/
Keywords: Sweet16; Apple IIGS; IIGS; Sheppy; Eric Shepherd; SheppyWare; emulation; emulator; KansasFest; KFest; 2011
|Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux - Ken Gagne|
The Apple II was a fantastic gaming machine. You may not have daily access to this vintage hardware, but many of its best entertainment titles have been remade for the Macintosh. Ken Gagne revisits classics like Arkanoid, Ultima, and Dark Castle in this session that showcases the best of new and old. Find links to the games and YouTube videos shown here at http://wp.me/pBeOH-1x
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Ken Gagne; Arkanoid; Dark Castle; Ultima; games; gaming
|Is that a IIgs in your pocket or are you happy to see me? - Geoff Weiss|
The Free Tools Association (FTA) released ActiveGS, a free IIgs emulator for IOS devices now available in the iTunes App Store. The year when the Apple IIgs has gone mobile is 2011, and KansasFest 2011 is a chance to see it in action, courtesy Geoff Weiss and Tony Diaz.
Keywords: Geoff Weiss; Tony Diaz; KFest; KansasFest; 2011; Apple IIGS; ActiveGS; emulator; emulation; iOS; iPad
|KansasFest 2009 keynote speech - Mark Simonsen|
Mark Simonsen, former president of Beagle Bros Software, presented the keynote speech at KansasFest, held July 20-25, 2010, at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. This 21st annual Apple II convention was attended by retrocomputing enthusiasts from across North America, celebrating their favorite creation of Steve Wozniak.
Keywords: Apple II; Beagle Bros; keynote; Kansas City; speech; presentation; KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Mark Simonsen
|Apple's Growing Divide Between Programmers and Users|
The incredibly open nature of the Apple II for development, down to the inclusion of schematics in every box, encouraged a generation of users who were also programmers. By contrast, today we have the walled garden of iPhone OS, where Apple judges all. Between these polar positions is the Macintosh. How have Apple - and Apple users - evolved over the years? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment? How do the Apple II and...
Keywords: KansasFest; 2010; KFest; iPod; iPhone; Apple; iOS; iPad; tablet; SDK; API; programming; development; panel
|How to Use Your Apple II as a Dumb Terminal for Mac OS X - Stavros Karatsoridis|
Ever want to use your Apple II as a terminal for your Macintosh? Stavros Karatsoridis demonstrates what cables, adapters, and software are needed to connect your Apple II to the Terminal application in Mac OS X. Includes an ADTPro tutorial.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Stavros Karatsoridis; Apple II; ADTPro; serial; terminal; Mac; OS X
|You're Happy If You GNO It - Geoff Weiss|
GNO/ME is an open source UNIX-like extension for the Apple IIgs. Version 2.0.6 was released in 1999 (presented at KFest for the very first time in 2020) and has been often described as a central component to what would be included if GS/OS would have advanced. Topics covered by Geoff Weiss include how it compares with modern UNIX operating systems and what it will take to port code. Video courtesy Ed Eastman.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Geoff Weiss; GNO/ME; GNO; Apple II; Unix
|Apple IIgs System Timing and the FPI - Daniel Kruszyna|
The Apple IIgs has a split personality. Most of the machine runs at a ~1MHz clock rate, keeping compatibility with earlier Apple IIs. Some components, however, can be decoupled and run at a faster rate. The FPI, or Fast Processor Interface, is the chip responsible for coordinating the interactions between these personalities. In this KansasFest 2011 session, Daniel "Krue" Kruszyna includes a high level overview of the FPI's responsibilities, along with a detailed look at some particular cases, u...
Keywords: KFest; KansasFest; 2011; FPI; Daniel Kruszyna; Fast Processor Interface; CPU; IIGS; timing; interrupts; krue
|Escape From The Homebrew Computer Club - David Schmenk|
Escape from the Homebrew Computer Club is a modern(ish) raycasted 2 1/2 D game for the Apple II. Creator David Schmenk describes how he came up with the concept, the technology designed in it, and how to play it. Download the game from http://schmenk.is-a-geek.com/Apple.html
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2011; David Schmenk; HBCC; Apple II; Homebrew Computer Club; game; Escape
|Suck free from a distance - Ryan Suenaga|
Creator of the popular 'FishNDA', Ryan Suenaga proves that he doesn't suck by delivering this precorded video to KansasFest 2010, in which he announces the development of a send-only email NDA for the Apple IIGS, codenamed Melissa and officially named Emily II.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Ryan Suenaga; Apple; Apple IIGS; email; Melissa; Emily; NDA; SMTP; client
|iPhone 4.0 and iPad - Rob Walch|
In April, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer compatible with the iPhone's App Store. In June, the iPhone and iPod Touch received the iOS 4 firmware upgrade. Rob Walch of the Today in iOS (formerly Today in iPhone) podcast, brings us both these devices with tips, tricks, and critiques of Apple's new mobile hardware and software. The slides Rob used are available for download at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/
Keywords: KansasFest; 2010; KFest; Rob Walch; iOS; iPad; iPhone; Apple; tablet; mobile
|The Bleeding Edge of Web Technology - Eric Shepherd|
Let's take a look at the cutting edge of what the Web can do. It's not just about LOLcats and static news anymore. Eric Shepherd demonstrates how to create dynamic web applications using the latest technologies, including WebSockets. And, for the non-programmers, a few fun demos of what the web can do that you might not have known it can.
Keywords: CSS; HTML5; Web; WWW; KFest2011; KansasFest; Eric Shepherd; Sheppy; WebSockets; WebKit; Mozilla
|KansasFest 2009 keynote speech - Jason Scott|
KansasFest is the largest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world. Held each year, the event draws attendees from all over the world. For more info, see kansasfest.org. In 2009, Jason Scott was the keynote speaker. Jason is the host of the Textfiles.com web site, and creator of the "Get Lamp" video that chronicles text adventures, and "BBS: The Documentary" about computer bulletin board systems...
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2009; Jason Scott; Apple; Apple II; BBS; text adventures
|Networking your Mac or PC to your Apple II - Ivan Drucker|
Serve files to your Apple II the cheap and easy Way! If you have an enhanced Apple IIe or an Apple IIgs, then you have a computer that can access files shared from a current-day Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, and even boot ProDOS or GS/OS from the network instead of a disk. Ivan Drucker's session shows you the plan to get your II on the LAN. Download A2SERVER from http://appleii.ivanx.com/a2server/
Keywords: LAN; networking; Mac; Windows; Linux; A2Server; Ivan Drucker; KansasFest; KFest; 2011; network; IIGS; IIe
|Behind The Scenes At Open Apple - Ken Gagne|
Open Apple, the Apple II community's only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process?
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2011; Ken Gagne; Mike Maginnis; audio; Apple II; Open Apple; podcast; Apple
|Apple II Forever: Mark Simonsen's tribute to Randy Brandt - Mark Simonsen|
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, Beagle Bros alumnus and AppleWorks developer Randy Brandt, attending KansasFest for the first time in nearly two decades, was honored with an Apple II Forever award. The first-ever recipient of the award, former Beagle Bros president Mark Simonsen, delivered this remote message to the honoree.
Keywords: Apple II; KansasFest; KFest; Mark Simonsen; Randy Brandt; AppleWorks; ProntoDOS; Beagle Bros
|P2E - Pseudo-II Emulator - Martin Haye|
|Optimizing Algorithms in Applesoft BASIC - Wayne Arthurton|
Recent experiments with fractal algorithms in pure Applesoft BASIC have revealed methods for optimizing code to achieve acceptable speeds on a 4Mhz IIc Plus. In this session, Wayne Arthurton demonstrates the effects of using and optimizing user-defined functions, vari able reuse, variable allocation order, and other techniques for improving BASIC calculation performance.
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Wayne Arthurton; Apple; Apple II; Applesoft; BASIC; programming; development
|Retr0Blasting & Restoring A2 Hardware - Tony Diaz|
From a collectors point of view, Tony Diaz covers the aspects of restoring the "new" look to various Apple II related products, and the pros and cons of various methods avail able and show some samples of work done and in addition cover what makes a system "complete" with regards to collect-ability, and what makes it "original" or "Like original".
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Tony Diaz; retroblasting; retrobrite; restoration; beige; age; hardware; yellow
|Magic with Macrosoft - Peter Neubauer|
"Once upon a time, only advanced programmers could achieve machine language speed." Learn how to use Macrosoft, a programming language from the same folks who brought us Nibble Magazine, to write Applesoft-like programs that achieve machine language speed, in this introduction to obtaining, using, and setting up Macrosoft and the companion Assembler. We'll write a small Macrosoft program during the presentation to help you get started writing your own programs...
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Peter Neubauer; Apple; Apple II; assembler; assembly; Nibble; Macrosoft
|Know Your Meme - Ken Gagne|
Thanks to the Internet and social media, cultural artifacts can be disseminated in a distributed fashion faster than ever before. When something attains phenomenon status via viral means, it becomes a meme. But, just like a real virus, memes can quickly die off. What's everyone talking about today that will be gone tomorrow? Ken Gagne demonstrates what a double rainbow means and who your man could smell like...
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; 2010; Ken Gagne; meme; double rainbow; Old Spice; trend; videos; commercials; parodies
|Apple II History redesign unveiling - Steve Weyhrich|
Steve Weyhrich, curator of the Apple II History Web site, unveiled at KansasFest 2010 the redesign of his site to use WordPress. Presented remotely, this presentation was captured via a combination of screencast and external microphone. Find the history site at http://apple2history.org
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; Steve Weyhrich; Apple II; history; WordPress; redesign; Apple2History; museum; a2history
|Apple II Forever: Ewen Wannop's tribute to Geoff Weiss - Ewen Wannop|
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, telecommunications expert Geoff Weiss received this message from Ewen Wannop, creator of Spectrum, in recognition of his status in the community. (Unbeknownst to Ewen, who was not on-site at the event, he too received an award.)
Keywords: Geoff Weiss; Ewen Wannop; Apple II; Apple II Forever; award; plaque; ceremony; tribute; commemoration; KansasFest; KFest; 2012; Apple II
|KansasFest 1995 - EGO Systems|
This montage of highlights from KansasFest 1995 is a tour de force of one of the earliest conventions to celebrate the Apple II personal computer. Features include the keynote address by Roger Wagner; the party game Bite the Bag; the roast of Steve Disbrow; sessions by Tony Diaz and Mike Westerfield; and a cavalcade of cameos by Margaret Anderson, Joe Wankerl, Jack Kells, Greg Nelson, Nate Trost, Scott Johnson, Ephraim Wall, Susan McGregor, Bruce Milyko, John Stankowski, Lunatic E'Sex, Tim Gjenv...
Keywords: Apple II; A2; KansasFest; KFest; 1995; Avila; Kansas City; Apple 2; Roger Wagner; EGO Systems; Steve Disbrow; Diz
|Know Your Meme, or the Return of the King - Ken Gagne|
For your amusement, Ken Gagne entertains KansasFest 2011 attendees with some of the latest Internet memes, demonstrating and tying together variations on three different cat themes: Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, and Debbie from eHarmony. Guaranteed to bring out the laughs.
Keywords: Keyboard Cat; Nyan Cat; Debbie; eHarmony; Gregory Brothers; Gregory Bros; meme; KFest; KansasFest; 2011; Ken Gagne; Fatso; humor; comedy
|A History of AppleWorks - Randy Brandt|
Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his own JEM Software as the only developer...
Keywords: KansasFest; KFest; Apple II; 2012; Randy Brandt; AppleWorks; AWP; Beagle Bros; Quality Computers; Scantron; AW5; JEM; history