Copiers, Packers and BBSes

Posted Fri, Jul. 26th 2013 in
A general overview of historical Disk Copiers and Packers. Copy II Plus, Locksmith and EDD were the best-known copiers, but Disk Muncher, Nibbles Away and others were also used. We all used Shrinkit, but who remembers Blu and Dalton’s Disk Disintegrator? Also includes a side trip into the world of BBSs, Ascii Express and Proterm.

KansasFest 2009 Keynote with Jason Scott

Posted Thu, Aug. 30th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Jason Scott — digital archivist, proprietor of, and producer of the BBS and Get Lamp documentaries — delivered this keynote speech at KansasFest 2009 on July 21. This 20th annual Apple II convention was attended by retrocomputing enthusiasts from across North America, celebrating their favorite creation of Steve Wozniak.

Recorded on 7/21/2009 by Sean Fahey.

Keynote Speech

Posted Wed, Jul. 22nd 2009 in

KansasFest 2009 will officially kick off with a keynote speech by technology historian Jason Scott, creator of BBS: The Documentary. For more details, see the press release.

Jason Scott to keynote KansasFest 2009

Posted Thu, Dec. 18th 2008 in News

KANSAS CITY, MO — December 18, 2008 — Technology historian and documentarian Jason Scott will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2009, the world’s only Apple II computer convention. Scott, whose documentary about dial-up bulletin board systems was presented at KansasFest 2007, brings with him a comprehensive insight into the Apple II and its role in the development of the personal computer.

“I’ve been wanting to attend KansasFest for years,” said Scott. “That there’s still an Apple II conference going on after all this time is just wild.”

Scott is the creator and webmaster of TEXTFILES.COM, a Web site dedicated to collecting the files and related materials from the era of the dial-up bulletin board systems. This Web site, originally built from files he collected as a BBS user in his early teens, has expanded to many gigabytes of data and now receives thousands of visitors a day. Inspired to create “the ultimate BBS list” from the hundreds of lists on his Web site, he suddenly started receiving dozens of stories from BBS users and operators who found their old BBSes listed. Recognizing a missing piece in the story of computers, Scott traveled roughly 25,000 miles to record 250 hours of footage, from which he created the five-and-a-half-hour final product, BBS: The Documentary. Having completed this project in 2005, Scott has since begun work on Get Lamp, a new documentary about text adventures, as well as Arcade, a film about coin-operated pinball and video game arcades.

Scott has been a featured speaker at events such as hacker conference DEF CON; the Internet meme conference ROFLCon; and the Vintage Computer Festival. His cat, Sockington, currently has more than 4,000 followers on microblogging site Twitter, where he’s been nominated for a Shorty Award for best content producer in the Humor category.

KansasFest 2009, the 20th annual Apple II conference, is set for July 21st through July 26th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest Committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II and Macintosh users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s “summer camp for geeks.” Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2009. For photos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, please visit the event’s official Web site at

KansasFest 2009