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Apple II Forever 2017

Posted Fri, Sep. 15th 2017 in News

Since 2010, the KansasFest Committee has recognized members of the Apple II community who have made significant contributions to the Apple II, either in promoting or developing for the platform during its active years, or in helping to advance or preserve the Apple II since its production had been discontinued.

This year, we recognized three individuals:

Plamen Vasilov of A2Heaven delivers innovative and useful hardware for the Apple II, including battery-backed memory cards, VGA video adapters, a floppy drive emulator, and sound cards.  Most recently, he introduced a 16.6 MHz accelerator for the Apple IIe.  He uses modern components to deliver products that are smaller, are lower-power, are lower cost, and have more features than previously available, and he is both advancing and preserving our favorite computers.

Glenn Jones with A2 Retro Systems connects our Apple IIs to modern computer networks and the Internet with the Uthernet expansion card.  He released the latest generation of this card, the Uthernet II, in 2015.  Besides facilitating file transfer and preservation, his work enables new telecommunication applications for the Apple II, such as Web browsers, e-mail clients, Web servers, and chat clients.  The potential of Glenn’s work is not yet fully realized, and he is helping to advance what’s possible with our machines.

Quinn Dunki embodies the hacker spirit that founded the Apple II.  She designed and built her own 6502-based computer, Veronica.  She has disassembled and improved the Apple IIc Plus ROM and has prototyped an Apple IIc with integrated monitor and mass storage.  She has contributed original software libraries for Apple II sprite, mouse, and GUI programming, and she created a tool that greatly simplifies 8-bit assembly programming.  Most significantly, Quinn inspires others through freely sharing her knowledge and expertise.

HackFest 2017

Posted Fri, Aug. 25th 2017 in News

You might think that software created in a few sleepless distracted days wouldn’t be amazing and noteworthy.  And, you would be wrong.  This year’s HackFest entries show incredible skill and creativity.

The entries include:

  • Martin Haye: Invoking Apple III Satan Mode, an assumed-to-be-impossible way to access Apple III hardware from Apple II programs.
  • Ivan Hogan: An assembly language game making use of the text screen. Jump on the lines without touching the heads!
  • Jeremy Rand: ColourGo, an implementation of the casual game Chameleon Run, using Apple Hi-Res.
  • Russ Ross: An implementation of the classic casual game 2048, using the text screen.
  • Rob McMullen: Fujirun, an assembly language game based on Amidar. Save the Apple from the Atari interlopers!
  • Alain Zanchetta: Hacking Sargon II to take input not from the keyboard, but from another copy of Sargon II connected by serial port.
  • Alex French: Rendering particles on the Apple IIgs in Super Hi-Res, while playing nice with GS/OS.
  • Charles Mangin: You Are a Grue – A text adventure written in Inform 7.
  • Kevin Savetz: A version of the Simon game, with custom-made button controllers hacked on-site to interface with the joystick port.

The winners were:

  1. Rob McMullen: Winner for sheer scope, the level of polish, and the embracing of modern community tools.
  2. Charles Mangin: Winner for stretching outside his comfort zone, creating something clever, and refusing to give up when his first idea failed.
  3. Alain Zanchetta: Winner for the creativity of his idea, and embodying a true hacker grit in the project.

Many entries, often with source code, are available here.

Come back in 2018: July 17-22

Posted Fri, Aug. 18th 2017 in News

Mark your calendar for KansasFest 2018 from July 17 through July 22 at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. Super-early arrival (dorm room but no presentations or activities) will start July 16.

Registration will open Spring 2018. Until then, enjoy recordings from 2017.

Rockhurst: The Apple II Parody

Posted Mon, Jul. 31st 2017 in News

What’s the Garage Giveaway at KansasFest all about?  Steven Weyhrich tells us with this awesome parody:

How II Attend KansasFest

Posted Fri, Jul. 28th 2017 in News

Charles Mangin of RetroConnector created a helpful video on how to attend KansasFest.

Recording of keynote with Brutal Deluxe

Posted Wed, Jul. 26th 2017 in News

Thanks to the efforts of Jason Scott, the 2017 keynote presentation from Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini is now available online.

Happy 40th Birthday

Posted Fri, Jul. 21st 2017 in News

We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of the Apple II.  Are you?

KansasFest 2017

Welcome to KansasFest 2017

Posted Mon, Jul. 10th 2017 in News

The KansasFest Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you next week!  We’re committed to everybody having an excellent trip, so please let us know if we may help with anything.

Please see our Welcome to KansasFest page for details about your arrival. Also, the schedule is available online.

Is this your first time at KansasFest? Don’t miss the comprehensive “KansasFest for Newcomers” guide. Consider joining one our “newcomer’s sessions” on Monday (5pm) or Tuesday (3:30pm).