Echoes of KFest

The KansasFest podcast features speeches and presentations from the world’s only annual Apple II retrocomputing convention. Subscribe to this podcast in iTunes!

Mark Simonsen’s keynote speech

Posted Sat, Oct. 23rd 2010 in Echoes of KFest

Mark Simonsen, employee number three and later owner of Beagle Bros, was the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2010. At Beagle Bros, whose popular software products for the Apple II hobbyist demonstrated the publisher’s quirky sense of humor, Mark developed software including Flex Type, Beagle BASIC, Beagle Graphics, Triple-Dump, and Double-Take. In the early 1980s, Mark decided that he “wanted to work with the Apple for the rest of [his] life,” a statement that captures the enthusiasm and spirit of Mark, Beagle Bros, and many Apple II users.

Recorded Wednesday, July 21, 2010, by Ken Gagne.

A video of this session is also available.

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Announcing the Echoes of KFest podcast

Posted Fri, Oct. 22nd 2010 in Echoes of KFest, News

KansasFest 2010 was preserved as never before, courtesy an extensive video archive of the conference’s formal sessions. But video is not the most portable medium; whether you’re driving to work, going for a jog, or just in need of some background noise, you can’t always focus on a video display for extended periods.

Now you can take KansasFest audio with you wherever you go, courtesy Echoes of KFest, a podcast that delivers MP3 recordings of KansasFest sessions. One episode will be presented here each of the next four Saturdays as a trial run of this new outlet. You can stream the files, download them to your computer, or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

This audio is the same featured in the previously published videos, which means it was not professionally produced. With Echoes of KFest in mind, a more concerted effort will be made at KansasFest 2011 to produce a higher quality of both audio and video recordings. It is also our hope to release other archival audio from other KansasFests as it becomes available. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this experiment in making KansasFest as accessible as possible.

Of course, some presentations don’t work well without their video component — and no recording can capture the experience of actually being in the audience. Mark your calendar for July 19–24 to enjoy KansasFest for yourself!