Archive for 2013

Get your schedule here!

Posted Mon, Jul. 22nd 2013 in News
KansasFest 2013 Guidebook

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KansasFest is here, and our packed schedule is online:

There is no need to print the schedule since we’ll provide you a hard copy.  The electronic versions will always have the latest updates.

Raspberry Pi at KansasFest

Posted Sat, Jul. 6th 2013 in News

The Raspberry Pi is a popular, inexpensive single board computer.  What does this have to do with the Apple II?  Who would be crazy enough to interface a Raspberry Pi with an Apple II?  Ivan Drucker, David Schmenk, and Charles Mangin have done just that.  Ivan turned his Raspberry Pi into an AppleTalk file server and a portable Apple II emulator.  David upgraded his Apple IIc to a IIgs using a Raspberry Pi.  Charles connected his Apple keyboards to a Raspberry Pi.  Don’t miss the recent Juiced.GS article on this topic.

KansasFest starts in only 17 days.  Ivan will be there to show us how to use the Raspberry Pi with the Apple II.  He’ll present three sessions: “So what is the Raspberry Pi, anyway?”, “A2SERVER Redux: This Time, with Pi”, and “Apple II in the Cloud”.

Juiced.GS + KansasFest = Register before July 10

Posted Mon, Jul. 1st 2013 in News

KansasFest registration will close in 10 days on July 10.  What are you waiting for?  Do you really want to be home, alone, impatiently refreshing this website hoping for a tidbit of the awesomeness happening in Kansas City?  Or, would you rather be at KansasFest, among your kind who share your passion for the Apple II?  Do you really want to miss the keynote from Randy Wigginton, part of the brainpower behind DOS and the Disk ][?

Juiced.GS V18I2 There’s only one thing better than KansasFest:  KansasFest with a one year Juiced.GS subscription included.  Juiced.GS is the longest running Apple II print publication and is chock full of news, reviews, interviews, and tutorials.  The most recent issue even offers a behind-the-scenes view of KansasFest.  You’ll have something to tide you over while waiting for KansasFest 2014.  Register for KansasFest between July 1 and July 10, mention Juiced.GS on the registration form, and the subscription is yours.  You may use your subscription yourself or gift it to a friend.

Handmade floppy sleeve workshop at KansasFest

Posted Wed, Jun. 26th 2013 in News

Daniel Kruszyna and Melissa Barron will teach attendees how to cut, fold, and glue their own 5.25″ floppy sleeves. The session will start with a short instructional section and then continue with a workshop. They will provide tools for attendees to share and some basic card stock and other materials. It’s not necessary to bring anything to participate; however, attendees are encouraged to bring special paper or decorating supplies such as markers, colored pencils, magazine pages, etc., to create their own unique style.

Regular registration open until July 10

Posted Thu, Jun. 6th 2013 in News

Missed early-bird registration?  Hope is not lost.  Until July 10, you may still register at the “regular” rates.

Double room/meals/conference $430.00
Single room/meals/conference $500.00
Spouse/child, room/meals, no conference $340.00
Conference only, no room/meals $340.00

Read the registration announcement for more details.  If you’re already registered, sign up to present a session.

Early-bird registration ends May 31

Posted Thu, May. 16th 2013 in News

The early registration deadline for KansasFest 2013 is May 31. If you register after this deadline, you’ll pay more, can’t get a t-shirt, and will have less money for the latest Apple II gadgets.  Register today or read the registration announcement for more details.  If you’re already registered, sign up to present a session.

Step Right Up & Present a Session

Posted Fri, Apr. 19th 2013 in News

While the evenings and nights of KansasFest are renowned for their spontaneity, the mornings and afternoons are reserved for sessions spanning a variety of uses, extensions, and applications of the Apple II family.  Just as varied as these sessions are the good people who volunteer to present them.  If you have a topic you’d like to present, fill out the session proposal form at:

Some sessions already on the dock for this year include:

  • Boot-tracing: a fun method of de-protecting games
  • Track-center tuning of 5.25″ floppy drives
  • Disk II theory of design and functionality
  • Teaching US Kids to program
  • Apple II hardware-hacking innovations
  • Build your own MAME/MESS cabinet in 30 minutes
  • Document scanning (with an eye to preserving Apple II history)
  • A technical look at the Apple III
  • Apple II copy cards
  • MPW IIgs cross development

Do you have a topic you would like to see presented, even if you aren’t the one to do it?  Contact us here.

Past sessions have included hardware, software and game demonstrations and tutorials; integration of the Apple II with other devices; emulators; programming; Apple II history; or any subject that would be
of interest to Apple II users.

We are especially interested in and prioritize sessions that focus on Apple II-related topics, but as space allows, we also love Mac, iOS, and a stray Windows or UNIX session or two.

Sessions are typically 30 to 60 minutes in length and are held at various times throughout the daytime hours.

If you’ve never done a session, check out a sample of past year’s contributions at

KansasFest 2013 opens for registration

Posted Wed, Mar. 27th 2013 in News

KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC.  Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. Please browse our Web site for photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events and for our email list.