Archive for 2008

Jason Scott to keynote KansasFest 2009

Posted Thu, Dec. 18th 2008 in News

KANSAS CITY, MO — December 18, 2008 — Technology historian and documentarian Jason Scott will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2009, the world’s only Apple II computer convention. Scott, whose documentary about dial-up bulletin board systems was presented at KansasFest 2007, brings with him a comprehensive insight into the Apple II and its role in the development of the personal computer.

“I’ve been wanting to attend KansasFest for years,” said Scott. “That there’s still an Apple II conference going on after all this time is just wild.”

Scott is the creator and webmaster of TEXTFILES.COM, a Web site dedicated to collecting the files and related materials from the era of the dial-up bulletin board systems. This Web site, originally built from files he collected as a BBS user in his early teens, has expanded to many gigabytes of data and now receives thousands of visitors a day. Inspired to create “the ultimate BBS list” from the hundreds of lists on his Web site, he suddenly started receiving dozens of stories from BBS users and operators who found their old BBSes listed. Recognizing a missing piece in the story of computers, Scott traveled roughly 25,000 miles to record 250 hours of footage, from which he created the five-and-a-half-hour final product, BBS: The Documentary. Having completed this project in 2005, Scott has since begun work on Get Lamp, a new documentary about text adventures, as well as Arcade, a film about coin-operated pinball and video game arcades.

Scott has been a featured speaker at events such as hacker conference DEF CON; the Internet meme conference ROFLCon; and the Vintage Computer Festival. His cat, Sockington, currently has more than 4,000 followers on microblogging site Twitter, where he’s been nominated for a Shorty Award for best content producer in the Humor category.

KansasFest 2009, the 20th annual Apple II conference, is set for July 21st through July 26th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest Committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II and Macintosh users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s “summer camp for geeks.” Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2009. For photos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, please visit the event’s official Web site at

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KansasFest Web site v2.0!

Posted Sat, Nov. 1st 2008 in News

Announcing the KansasFest Web site v2.0! Both and have been completely remodeled to better serve you, the Apple II enthusiasts of the 21st century.

The site now sports a design consistent with the KansasFest logos and themes of recent years, while remaining 100% compatible with Lynx and SIS.

But this redesign is about more than aesthetics. Besides the updated look, what else is new about the KFest Web site?

  • The News page, which is updated with official, must-know information for all registered and potential attendees. Also available via RSS, email, and Twitter. (See the subscribe page for these options)
  • An updated photo gallery with links to 2008 pictures.
  • A new file archive, containing sessions, schedules, logos, and keynotes from years past.
  • The FAQ, last seen in Juiced.GS (May 2006), returns to its online origin.
  • HackFest rules are now on permanent display.

We hope you enjoy the new look and functionality of the official KansasFest site. If you have any suggestions or encounter any issues, please let us know!

KansasFest 2008 coverage in Juiced.GS

Posted Fri, Oct. 31st 2008 in News

Quarterly Apple II journal Juiced.GS today published a free 12-page issue of the best content from their 2008 volume. Among the selections is most of their coverage of KansasFest 2008. (The full article appeared in the September issue.)

The PDF is available immediately as a free download from the Juiced.GS Web site.

KansasFest 2009 dates announced

Posted Fri, Aug. 1st 2008 in News

KansasFest 2008 was great fun for all those who attended! For those who missed this opportunity, or anyone who wants more, put the 2009 event on your calendar. KansasFest returns to Rockhurst University from Tuesday, July 21st, to Sunday, July 26th.

KansasFest 2008 — It’s a wrap

Posted Sun, Jul. 27th 2008 in News

KansasFest 2008 ended today and was by all accounts a great success. For those who couldn’t make it, or those who could and want to reflect on the wonderful times they had, be sure to read Sean Fahey’s reports; visit our photo and video gallery; and download some of the presentations given at KFest ’08 from our file archive.

KansasFest 2008 keynote to be given by Lane Roathe

Posted Tue, Jan. 1st 2008 in News

KANSAS CITY, MO — January 1, 2008 — Lane Roathe, cofounder of Ideas From the Deep and former managing editor at Softdisk, will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2008. At Softdisk, a monthly magazine of original software for the Apple II, Mr. Roathe teamed with John Romero and John Carmack to create the internal gaming division, producing such hits as Dangerous Dave, Catacombs, and Star Axe.

“When I found out KansasFest was still going and I hadn’t known, I could’ve kicked myself,” said Lane, who last attended KFest in 1991. “To be invited back — and as keynote speaker, at that! — is an honor and pleasure.”

Mr. Roathe begin his career as a programmer when he created Blue Mountain Micro where he wrote and distributed games and utilities, including the Disk Utility Program and Copy Protection Notebook, for the Apple II. Later, at Tristar Computer Solutions, he cut his teeth on Alpha Micro mini computers. He then moved to UpTime, where he wrote the shell that drove the monthly Apple IIe and IIgs disk magazines. At UpTime, he met John Romero, with whom he’d later formed Ideas From the Deep, a company that has worked on titles such as Dark Castle, Zappa Roidz, Write Away!, Bugdom, Nanosaur and more. He performed a similar function at Softdisk, where he met John Carmack. Carmack, Romero, and Roathe would later work together to create Commander Keen, id Software’s first title. Roathe’s career has continued to envelop all aspects of programming and management. His current position is Director of Technology for Method Solutions, a video game production company that develops exciting and exceptional video games on consoles, PCs and wireless phone handsets. Roathe also continues as president, cofounder, and lead developer for Ideas From the Deep, which provides software publishing, development and contracting services, and specializes in platform independent development titles and libraries.

KansasFest 2008 is set for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 22nd through July 27th.

KansasFest, the Apple II summer gathering also known as KFest, was originally hosted by Resource Central, has been brought to you by the KFest Committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II and Macintosh users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s “summer camp for geeks”; you’ll be glad you did!


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