Archive for 2010

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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Bob Bishop to keynote KansasFest 2011

Posted Fri, Dec. 17th 2010 in News

KANSAS CITY, MO — December 17, 2010 — Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple’s R&D lab, will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2011. Bob is part of the early history of the Apple computer and has developed numerous commercial software titles, worked side-by-side with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, written a book on assembly language programming, and published articles in most Apple II magazines. Bob has lived what most of us only dream about, and he has the stories to prove it.

In 1976, Dr. Bishop knocked on Steve Jobs’ door and ended up owning an Apple I. Soon, he bought one of the first Apple II computers. A few months later, the first graphical Apple II games, like Rocket Pilot and Star Wars, came from Bob’s keyboard before Apple had even finished the documentation. Later, Bob brought speech to the personal computer with Apple-Talker and Apple-Listener. In 1978, Bob and Steve Wozniak founded Apple’s research and development division. His program Apple-Vision was included on DOS 3.3 master disks, demonstrating the audio and video capabilities of the Apple II. Even after retiring in 1981, he continued using, programming, and writing about the entire Apple II line.

The stories do not end with the Apple II. Bob has hosted a radio show using the “Mr. Logic” personality, written essays, founded a comic book club, designed a computer programming language, and written online riddles. Alas, Bob has not yet founded the fanciful “Subroutine Shack” stores “for supplying software components.” Today, he lives in California, still “plays with computers,” and laments that his Web site is forever under construction.

KansasFest 2011, the 22nd annual Apple II conference, is set for July 19th through July 24th 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 users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2011. For photos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, please visit the event’s official Web site at http://kansasfest.org/

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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.

Ken Gagne contributed a transcription available as HTML and text.

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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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