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Bite the Bag 2010

Bite the Bag 2010

Bite the Bag is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. Long absent from our convention, Geoff Weiss gave this game its Rockhurst debut when he put it on the KansasFest 2010 schedule. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance. Recorded on 7/21/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available by …

You’re happy if you GNO it

You’re happy if you GNO it

GNO/ME is an open source UNIX-like extension for the Apple IIgs. Version 2.0.6 was released in 1999 (presented at KFest for the very first time in 2020) and has been often described as a central component to what would be included if GS/OS would have advanced. Topics covered by Geoff Weiss include how it compares …

Expanding the coverage of HackFest

Expanding the coverage of HackFest

At the tenth annual KansasFest, Eric Shepherd had an idea: to challenge attendees to push the Apple II with a programming competition. Limitations breed creativity, so programmers would be required to write their programs start-to-finish within the time of KansasFest. How cool a program could be produced in just a few days? Thus was born …

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

If you’ve programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don’t need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank …

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put whatever machine language you wanted into a standard Applesoft program with practically no performance, dependency, or stability issues? With Ivan Drucker’s Slammer, you can! Slammer is a new method for installing and executing machine language routines, at machine language speed, using 100% legal Applesoft. This presentation introduces …

KansasFest 1995

KansasFest 1995

This montage of highlights from KansasFest 1995 is a tour de force of one of the earliest conventions to celebrate the Apple II personal computer. Features include the keynote address by Roger Wagner; the party game Bite the Bag; the roast of Steve Disbrow; sessions by Tony Diaz and Mike Westerfield; and a cavalcade of …

Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux

Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux

The Apple II was a fantastic gaming machine. You may not have daily access to this vintage hardware, but many of its best entertainment titles have been remade for the Macintosh. Ken Gagne revisits classics like Arkanoid, Ultima, and Dark Castle in this session that showcases the best of new and old. Find links to …