Reliving KansasFest 2018

Posted Wed, Aug. 1st 2018 in News

Thanks to the generous efforts of multiple volunteers, recordings from KansasFest 2018 are now available. There are over 30 videos, rendered to about 70 Gigabytes of data.  That’s almost 24 hours of Apple II related video!

There are a few videos (sorry Quinn and Mark) giving us trouble, and we’re working on those.

Return of Roger Wagner

Posted Thu, Jul. 12th 2018 in News

To help us celebrate the 30th KansasFest, Roger Wagner is returning with our keynote.  Roger, besides being an accomplished Apple II programmer, author, and businessman, is a KansasFest alumnus.  He delivered the keynote in 1995 (recording courtesy of Steve Disbrow, EGO Systems).

If you need help coming up with difficult questions to ask Roger, don’t miss the 1992 “celebrity roast” featuring him.


Welcome to KansasFest 2018

Posted Tue, Jul. 10th 2018 in News, Schedule

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).


Posted Mon, Jul. 9th 2018 in News

KFest has a few traditions and memes going back several years. Some of our more interesting events are the contests we have during the conference. Participation is optional, but feel free to jump in for the full-on KFest experience! YOU COULD WIN A COOL PRIZE!

HackFest – Starting Wednesday morning and going through Saturday, coders write original programs using specific tools and languages native to the Apple II, then show them off to the conference attendees. A panel of judges reviews and selects the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Please see the Official HackFest Rules and archive of past entries.

Door Sign – a door sign can say a lot about the attendees. Where you’re from, who you are and what your interests are. You can put up a poster, picture or anything clever or fanciful (usually Apple II related) to wow the judges. You’ll need to use tape (no tacks or anything that would leave a hole in the door) to hang your door sign.

Wacky Tie – KFest alum Roger Wagner was known for his colorful taste in ties. We honor his past contributions to KFest by having a wacky tie contest every year. Ties can be wacky, metaphorical, traditional or nostalgic in nature. It comes down to whatever strikes the judge’s fancy.  This year is special since Roger is our keynote speaker.

Bite the Bag – a physical game of skill, coordination and nerves of steel! Participants must pick up a paper bag off the floor using only their teeth. The hitch? Only one part of your body can be touching the floor at a time, and as the rounds progress, more and more of the bag is torn away — sometimes until it’s a mere scrap on the floor. If you’re averse to rug burns and potential bruising or full on face plants, this game might not be for you — but if you like watching other people do these things, it’s quite the spectacle.

Did we mention PRIZES? WE WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE! You’ll have a chance to win something cool and you’ll have a great time too.

Beneath KansasFest: Door Signs from 2017

Posted Sat, Jul. 7th 2018 in News

KansasFest is more than scheduled sessions. Hallway discussions, late-night hacking, and crazy contests are all normal. One of the traditions is a door sign contest. These aren’t “normal” door signs; KansasFest door signs are often interactive, exhibit unique memorabilia, and involve extensive planning. Besides showing off your creativity, resourcefulness, and interests, the best signs win fabulous prizes. Here are door signs from 2017 for inspiration.

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Meet the Vendors

Posted Thu, Jul. 5th 2018 in News

KansasFest is a great opportunity to meet some of the vendors who support our community.  You’re able to ask questions, get help, and sometimes get special deals.

  • Chris Torrence will have limited copies of Roger Wagner’s Assembly Lines: The Complete Book for the special price of $20.
  • Juiced.GS is quarterly print magazine dedicated to all models of the Apple II personal computer. Each issue features news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos, delivered right to your mailbox.
  • Andrew and Ivan Hogan will be selling the 120 VAC control box and game port interface.  The 2018 edition will have the 4 sliders for PDL0..3, and, they still have a couple 2017 edition solder-fest kits.
  • Steve Weyhrich will have signed copies of Sophistication & Simplicity: The History of the Apple II Computer, for $20 each, or two copies for $30.
  • Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been an Apple User Group since 1978, and our members continue to enjoy newly-produced Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazines, and access to older issues and software.  As a book publisher, features over a dozen new books and manuals, like “The WOZPAK”, “All About Applesoft: Enhanced Edition”, and “Tome of Copy Protection.”
  • Save 10% plus free KansasFest pickup on prepaid orders from Henry Courbis of ReActiveMicro.  Use the exclusive attendee-only coupon code KFEST2018 during checkout and choose “KFEST / Local Pickup”.


Posted Fri, Jun. 15th 2018 in News

SolderFest is a KansasFest tradition.  Whether you’re a expert at soldering or aren’t sure which end of the iron hold, this evening event is an opportunity to get together, melt metal, swap stories and know-how, build cards, or repair things.

If you own soldering equipment, please bring it.  We’ll have a limited number of loaners, too.

Of course, you’ll need a project to work on, and here are some suggestions:

Vince Briel from Briel Computers and Henry Courbis from ReActiveMicro will be available to answer questions and assist with any issues or assembly questions with kits purchased.

Calling More Sessions

Posted Tue, May. 8th 2018 in News

We’re looking for additional Apple II-related session proposalsSign up here to present a session.

We’ve had some great proposals come in over the past weeks, including the following:
  • Power-boosting the IIgs and IIe
  • Book: “Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution”
  • CatsGS – 60fps destructible 2D terrain
  • Up Close With the MAME Monster — Building your own controller
  • Kansas City Squares
  • Fun with Applesauce and WOZ files
  • “Upcycling” Apple II classics with microM8
  • Replica 1 (SolderFEST)
  • Infocom’s Non-Interactive Non-Fiction
  • It Is Pitch Dark
  • Turn your Apple II into an 8-bit Weapon
  • Teaching an old Zork new tricks
  • Nox Archaist update
  • What’s new in ProDOS 2.5
  • VidHD – an Apple II HDMI video card
  • Vintage Computer Design and Repair With 3D Printing
  • Fast HGR Font Rendering
  • VMW Software Productions
  • Lightning Talks
Add yours to the list!