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Raspberry Pi at KansasFest

Raspberry Pi at KansasFest

The Raspberry Pi is a popular, inexpensive single board computer.  What does this have to do with the Apple II?  Who would be crazy enough to interface a Raspberry Pi with an Apple II?  Ivan Drucker, David Schmenk, and Charles Mangin have done just that.  Ivan turned his Raspberry Pi into an AppleTalk file server …

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

If you’ve programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don’t need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank …

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Introducing Slammer: A New Way of Using Machine Language from Applesoft

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put whatever machine language you wanted into a standard Applesoft program with practically no performance, dependency, or stability issues? With Ivan Drucker’s Slammer, you can! Slammer is a new method for installing and executing machine language routines, at machine language speed, using 100% legal Applesoft. This presentation introduces …

Loyal to the Core: Ivan Drucker

Loyal to the Core: Ivan Drucker

[Over the course of a few weeks, this blog is presenting written profiles and vignettes from KansasFest 2010, written from that year’s perspective. These excerpts compose a larger feature story written for a general audience looking to be introduced to the Apple II and KansasFest, while also offering community members and alumni a memorable retrospective …

Spreading the word in NYC & Denver

Spreading the word in NYC & Denver

Many KansasFest attendees are, unsurprisingly, IT professionals: they make their livings as educators, sysadmins, tech writers, and software engineers. Their passion for the Apple II often inspires their professional work and vice versa, especially when it comes to evangelizing how they spent their summer vacation. Ivan Drucker, a three-time KansasFest attendee and former Apple employee, …