What’s happening here?

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2016 in News

Can’t make KansasFest but want to know what’s happening?  Busy with HackFest and missed the latest sessions?  Follow us on Twitter. Also, read the nice story on Cult of Mac.

We are recording sessions and will post them as soon as possible.

Beneath KansasFest: HackFest

Posted Tue, Jul. 19th 2016 in News

HackFest participants write original Apple II software entirely at KansasFest.  Considering everybody has a full schedule already, the breadth and quality of the software is amazing.  The videos below speak for themselves.  Also, take a look at the rules and past entries.

Spin up your floppy drives and start hacking Wednesday morning.

Photo Roster – KansasFest 2016

Posted Tue, Jul. 19th 2016 in News

The photo roster compiled by Martin Haye at KansasFest 2016 is currently available in PDF format (1.6 MB, version 5 from 7/24/16 11:14am) here: PhotoRoster2016

(The order of the photos is roughly the order Martin encountered people on the Rockhurst campus and is thus nearly random.)

Welcome to KansasFest 2016

Posted Tue, Jul. 12th 2016 in News

The KansasFest Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you next week!  We’re committed to everybody having an excellent trip, so please let us know if we may help with anything.

Please see our new Welcome to KansasFest page for details about your arrival. Also, the schedule is available.

Beneath KansasFest: Door Signs

Posted Sun, Jul. 10th 2016 in News

KansasFest is more than scheduled sessions.  Hallway discussions, late-night hacking, and crazy contests are all normal.  One of the traditions is a door sign contest.  These aren’t “normal” door signs; KansasFest door signs are often interactive, exhibit unique memorabilia, and involve extensive planning.  Besides showing off your creativity, resourcefulness, and interests, the best signs win fabulous prizes.  Here are door signs from 2015 for inspiration.

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Special offers only at KansasFest

Posted Fri, Jun. 24th 2016 in News

KansasFest is a great opportunity to meet some of the vendors who support our community.  You’re able to ask questions, get help, and sometimes get special deals.  Here are some of the KansasFest-only special offers with more sure to come:

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book, by Roger Wagner, edited by Chris Torrence. Chris will have copies available for $25 (regular $36 on Amazon).

RetroConnector electronics items are available 10% off.  Order before July 15 at Tindie with the discount code KFEST2016 and choose “KansasFest Pickup” as your shipping option.

RetroConnector 3D printed and hand-made models, jewelry and gadgets are also available 10% off.  Order before July 1 at Etsy with the coupon code KFEST16 to get 10% off your total order or with KFESTPICKUP to get the shipping and handling fee waived.

Ultimate-Micro.com is offering RAMWorks IIII Kits, a 4MB clone of the RAMWorks III board for your IIe in a simple-to-assemble kit form.  Universal PSU Kits for hand delivery are also available.  See product reviews here and here.

ReActiveMicro.com is offering vendor-themed shirts and mugs. Choose your favorite vendor’s logo along with the KFest logo hand-delivered.

There are rumors that Juiced.GS and Call-A.P.P.L.E. will have something special for us, too.

Early-bird registration ends May 31

Posted Thu, May. 26th 2016 in News

Discounted early-bird registration for KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, ends May 31.  On June 1, prices rise $55, so reserve your spot now.  Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1.

Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.  Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees present all KansasFest sessions, so please submit your session proposal by May 31.  Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, 4 player Kaboom! tournament, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Call for Sessions

Posted Wed, May. 11th 2016 in News

Sessions are the lifeblood of KFest’s daytime hours. We get to see the magic that our Apple II comrades have conjured up around this amazing machine.

Proposals for sessions that you would like to share are due by May 31. Please don’t delay and submit your proposal today. If you need some ideas, check out the extensive list of sessions from years past, our YouTube video archive, and the Internet Archive.

A few of the proposals we’ve received this year include:

  • Automated Verification Of Copy Protected Disk Images
  • Six-Gun Showdown: An interactive text adventure
  • A.P.P.L.E.’s Blast From the Past
  • Picking apart the IIc Plus ROM
  • Silcone Molding and Resin Casting Small Parts
  • RetroConnector Mini HackFest
  • Getting back to 3:59: A 4am uncrack

Don’t miss early-bird registration. Prices will go up after May 31.