Echoes of KFest

The KansasFest podcast features speeches and presentations from the world's only annual Apple II retrocomputing convention. Subscribe to this podcast in iTunes!

Creating Apple IIgs Device Drivers

Posted Sat, Jan. 1st 2011 in Echoes of KFest

Greg Branche, Matt Gulick, and Jim Luther presented this session, "Creating Apple IIgs Device Drivers", at KansasFest 1990.

This recording, digitized by Antoine Vignau, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT0-18) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

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Weishaar interviews Wozniak

Posted Sat, Dec. 25th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

At KansasFest 1992, Tom Weishaar presented this prerecorded interview he conducted with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and inventor of the Apple II.

This recording, digitized by Antoine Vignau, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT2-31) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

A video of this interview is also available.

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Old Timers: Two Survivors

Posted Sat, Dec. 18th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

The titular Alan Bird and Roger Wagner are joined by Tom Weishaar, Randy Brandt, and other Apple II veterans at KansasFest 1992 as they recount tales from behind the scenes. From the session schedule:

Part of our 15th Anniversary celebration, this session will give you a chance to meet and listen to two old-time Apple II programmers who have survived. Alan Bird is the author of numerous Beagle Bros classics, including the TimeOut kernel and the Beagle Compiler, and the WestCode programs InWords and Pointless. He was part of the Beagle team that worked on AppleWorks 3.0 and was winner of one of two 1992 Apple II Individual Recognition Awards. Roger Wagner taught the world to sing 6502 assembly language in his columns and books, and is now the loudest evangelist the Apple IIGS has. Roger was winner of the 1991 Apple II Individual Achievement Award.

This recording, digitized by Steve Weyhrich, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT2-35) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

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Old Timers: Muse Software

Posted Sat, Dec. 11th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

The late Silas Warner gave this presentation at KansasFest 1992 about his company, Muse Software, developer of Castle Wolfenstein, Robot War, and many other classic Apple II products. From the session schedule:

As part of our 15th Anniversary celebration, this session will be a complete history 01 Muse Software, from new Apple II to finaI auction in live years. Muse is probabIy best known for its strategy games Castle Wolfenstein, RobotWar, and ABM, but the company was also an early publisher of education software and the Super Text Professional word processor.

This recording, digitized by Steve Weyhrich, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT2-34) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

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Old Timers: Apple II Magazines

Posted Sat, Dec. 4th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

Join Paul Statt, Tom Weishaar, Steve Disbrow, Jim Merritt, and others at KansasFest 1992 as they discuss the origin of and challenges faced by Apple II print publications. From the session schedule:

As part of our 15th Anniversary celebration, this session will reminisce in the general area of Apple II publications. Come and ask questions or express your feelings and experiences about SoftaIk. inCider/A+, A2-Central or other publications. Tom Weishaar is publisher of A2-Central and winner of one of two 1992 AppIe II Individual Recognition Awards. Paul Stall is Senior Editor of inCider/A+.

This recording, digitized by Steve Weyhrich, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT2-33) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

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Jason Scott's keynote speech

Posted Sat, Nov. 13th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

Jason Scott, creator of textfiles.com, BBS: The Documentary, and the online Twitter personality Sockington the cat, delivers this keynote speech at KansasFest 2009.

Recorded on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, by Sean Fahey.

A video of this session is also available.

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Suck Free from a Distance

Posted Sat, Nov. 6th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

Creator of the popular 'FishNDA', Ryan Suenaga proves that he doesn't suck by delivering this precorded video in which he announces the development of a send-only email NDA for the Apple IIGS, codenamed Melissa and officially named Emily II.

Prerecorded by Ryan Suenaga; presented on Saturday, July 24, 2010, by Andy Molloy and captured by Ken Gagne.

A video of this session is also available.

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Apple's Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers

Posted Sun, Oct. 31st 2010 in Echoes of KFest

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 program mers. 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 its users measure up in modern times? Panelists: Ivan Drucker (IvanExpert), Martin Haye (California Digital Library), Mike Maginnis (The Computist Project). Moderator: Ken Gagne (Juiced.GS).

Recorded Thursday, July 22, 2010, by Ken Gagne.

A video of this session is also available.

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