Echoes of KFest (video)

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

Apple’s Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers

Posted Fri, Aug. 24th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

The incredibly open nature of the Apple II for development, down to the inclusion of schematics in every box, encouraged a generation of users who were also programmers. By contrast, today we have the walled garden of iPhone OS, where Apple judges all. Between these polar positions is the Macintosh. How have Apple – and Apple users – evolved over the years? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment? How do the Apple II and its users measure up in modern times? Panelists: Ivan Drucker (IvanExpert), Martin Haye (California Digital Library), Mike Maginnis (The Computist Project). Moderator: Ken Gagne (Juiced.GS).

Recorded on 7/22/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) Creative Commons license.

KansasFest 1995

Posted Wed, Aug. 22nd 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

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 cameos by Margaret Anderson, Joe Wankerl, Jack Kells, Greg Nelson, Nate Trost, Scott Johnson, Ephraim Wall, Susan McGregor, Bruce Milyko, John Stankowski, Lunatic E’Sex, Tim Gjenvick, Joyce Sullivan, Cindy Adams, Richard Bennett, Andrew Roughan, Tim Kellers, Carl Knoblock, Sarah Phillips, Eric Shepherd, Ryan Suenaga, Paul Zaleski, Doug Pendleton, Gina Saikin, Mark Cline, and Joe Kohn.

This video was produced by Steve Disbrow of EGO Systems. It has been digitized by Ken Gagne and Eric Shepherd and is published here with permission of the original copyright holder.  Recorded in 1995 by Steve Disbrow.

Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux

Posted Sat, Aug. 18th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

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 the games and YouTube videos shown here at http://wp.me/pBeOH-1x

Recorded on 7/23/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Know Your Meme

Posted Fri, Aug. 17th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Thanks to the Internet and social media, cultural artifacts can be disseminated in a distributed fashion faster than ever before. When something attains phenomenon status via viral means, it becomes a meme. But, just like a real virus, memes can quickly die off. What’s everyone talking about today that will be gone tomorrow? Ken Gagne demonstrates what a double rainbow means and who your man could smell like. Find these YouTube videos at http://www.showbits.net/2010/08/18/know-your-meme/

Recorded on 7/24/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

HackFest 2010

Posted Thu, Aug. 16th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

HackFest is an annual programming competition in which KansasFest attendees are challenged to write the coolest program possible for the Apple II while at KansasFest. Contestants Peter Neubauer, Martin Haye, Scott Miller, and Jeff Blakeney present their entries before Ivan Drucker announces the winners, as determined by Drucker, Ken Gagne, and Sean Fahey.

Recorded on 7/24/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) Creative Commons license.

NakedOS

Posted Wed, Aug. 15th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Martin Haye’s NakedOS is a new Disk II operating system for the entire Apple II line of computers. In this session, its creator covers the project’s rationale, design goals, API, disk format, Super-Mon integration and finally a few decision points and caveats for programmers considering NakedOS for their projects. Find it online at bitbucket.org/martin.haye/super-mon/

Recorded on 7/22/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Super-Mon

Posted Tue, Aug. 14th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Martin Haye’s Super-Mon is a set of fancy extensions to the Apple II system monitor. This fairly technical session follows the creation of a small but interesting assembly language program that demonstrates the concepts and capabilities of Super-Mon.

Recorded on 7/23/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Creative Commons license.

73H 0r3g0n 7r41L Game Mod

Posted Mon, Aug. 13th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Through custom coding and modification, Melissa Barron has modified the classic Oregon Trail to use in-game text that’s a blend of l337, chatspeak, and LOLcats syntax. Learn about the process of hacking this game and see it in action on an Apple IIc. Learn more at http://melissabarron.net/ or see her similar presentation at Notacon 7 at http://notaconmedia.com/2010media.shtml#schedule

Recorded on 7/23/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Creative Commons license.