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Remembering Ryan

Remembering Ryan

KansasFest 2011 was, by all accounts, a success, with an impressive number of attendees, a memorable keynote speech, and many days and nights of sessions and camaraderie. But through it all, the absence of one long-time Apple II user couldn’t help but be noticed. Ryan Suenaga, who attended every KansasFest from 1996 through 2009, passed …

Tributes to Steve Jobs

Tributes to Steve Jobs

For the past week, the world has been in various states of shock and mourning. Steve Jobs — Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman, and former CEO — passed away on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56. Although his health had been in a state of decline for some years, we are all still left …

John Romero to keynote KansasFest 2012

John Romero to keynote KansasFest 2012

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 — KansasFest 2012, the Apple II convention scheduled for July 17–22 in Kansas City, Missouri, comes just two months after the twentieth anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, the first-person shooter that, when released for MS-DOS in 1992, defined a genre that is still popular today. Not only did the game, which was later …

A2MP3 auction to benefit @rsuenaga fund

A2MP3 auction to benefit @rsuenaga fund

Two years after it was first unveiled at KansasFest 2009, Vince Briel’s A2MP3 card finally became commercially available at this year’s event, bringing MP3-playing capabilities to the Apple II. Attendees of KansasFest 2011 not only had the opportunity to assemble their A2MP3 kit under the watchful eye of its creator; they also got a custom …

KansasFest 2012 scheduled for July 17-22

KansasFest 2012 scheduled for July 17-22

KansasFest 2011 was an amazing event attended by alumni and newcomers alike. The many sessions, competitions, programs, and antics they shared made for memories that will last a lifetime. Apple II enthusiasts around the world will have the opportunity to make new memories together next year, when KansasFest returns to Rockhurst University, July 17–22. More …

Spreading the word in NYC & Denver

Spreading the word in NYC & Denver

Many KansasFest attendees are, unsurprisingly, IT professionals: they make their livings as educators, sysadmins, tech writers, and software engineers. Their passion for the Apple II often inspires their professional work and vice versa, especially when it comes to evangelizing how they spent their summer vacation. Ivan Drucker, a three-time KansasFest attendee and former Apple employee, …

KansasFest 2011 on the air

KansasFest 2011 on the air

KansasFest is a few weeks behind us now, and the Apple II community is still absorbing all the amazing experiences, products, and announcements that came out of the event. One way in which that information is being digested and disseminated is through podcasts, several of which have focused on the convention. The first to air …