Registration closes on Thursday, July 10

Posted Tue, Jul. 8th 2014 in News

Registration for KansasFest 2014 closes on Thursday, July 10. This is your last chance to get the sessions, camaraderie, and keynote from Margot Comstock.  Also, don’t forget to register for the optional “Build Your Own Computer” workshop with Vince Briel and “Stitch Your Own Apple IIe Ornament” workshop with Sarah Walkowiak by July 10.

Here are a few group photographs from past years to remind you what you’ll miss:

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We have many exciting sessions planned.  The final schedule will be available shortly before KansasFest starts.

  • Off-the-Grid Total Portability for the Apple IIc (Steven Buggie)
  • Sew your own Apple II ornament (Sarah Walkowiak)
  • Apple II Pi (David Schmenk)
  • Controlling I/O via game port interface, or “How I learned to stop worrying and love the Apple II rocket launcher” (Andrew Hogan & Ivan Hogan)
  • Emulator detection in 6502 assembly language (Mark Pilgrim)
  • Accelerating the IIc+ (James Littlejohn)
  • How to Play STAR SAGA: ONE using VASSAL (Michael Sternberg)
  • AppleTalk Networking with GSport (Peter Neubauer)
  • A2CLOUD and A2SERVER 2014 (Ivan Drucker)
  • Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of Sara (Tony Diaz)
  • Jungle Adventure: an interactive text adventure (Ken Gagne)
  • 3D Print Your Next Apple II (Charles Mangin)
  • Making Apple II software on Mac OS X with cc65 (Carrington Vanston)
  • A.P.P.L.E. — A Highlight of Current Projects and Products (Bill Martens & Brian Wiser)
  • The Third Wave: A brief history of the Apple /// Development (Mike Maginnis)
  • An Overview of the Apple3rtr Emulator (Mike Maginnis)
  • Getting Started with an Apple ///: Oh My Gosh, What Did I Just Buy? (Mike Maginnis)
  • Computer Art Technology (Andrés Lozano)
  • Build a computer workshop (Vince Briel)
  • Japanese on the Apple IIGS (Ian Johnson)
  • Lawless Legends top-to-bottom (Martin Haye)
  • The Internet Archive: It’s Been a Busy Year (Jason Scott)
  • Satin Weave (Daniel Kruszyna)
  • Veronica – a 6502 pilgrimage (Quinn Dunki)

Workshop: Build Your Own Computer

Posted Wed, Jun. 25th 2014 in News

Vince Briel of Briel Computers will be hosting a workshop at KansasFest 2014.  With his expert guidance, you’ll have the opportunity to build your very own computer from a pile of parts and a soldering iron.  The workshop is suitable for beginners who aren’t sure which end of the soldering iron to hold and has been a hit at several past events.

You may choose from several kits.  If you’d like to join, please pre-register and pay on Vince’s website by July 10.  You need to bring a few basic tools listed on the registration website.

Superboard III – Based on the Ohio Scientific Superboard II AKA OSI 600 or C1P in the case, the new Superboard III is a singleboard computer with a built in video display and keyboard.

replica 1 – The replica 1 is a functional clone of the apple 1 and uses some of the original chips like the 6502 and 6821.

PockeTerm – The PockeTerm is a single board terminal that uses a Parallax Propeller micro-controller to emulate a VT100 terminal.

Micro-KIM – The Micro-KIM is a reduced sized replica of the KIM-1. The KIM-1 was a single board computer designed to help aide with 6502 engineering development.

Workshop: Stitch Your Own Apple IIe Ornament!

Posted Wed, Jun. 4th 2014 in News

KansasFest 2014 will feature a hands-on workshop from Sarah Walkowiak.  If you’d like to participate, you must sign-up in advance with Sarah by July 10.

Apple IIe ornament

Workshop length: 1.5 hours

Learn to stitch your own Apple IIe Ornament as featured in the December 2011 issue of Juiced.GS! In this workshop you will be creating your own plastic canvas Apple IIe ornament in your choice of monitor color scheme: rainbow, green monochrome or amber monochrome.

This workshop will cover the basics of counting and cutting plastic canvas shapes, stitching techniques, reading sewing patterns, joining sides and edges of a box, and tips for the extra detail work, such as outlining the keyboard keys and attaching the cord for hanging. This session will also include some extra-special additions to the original pattern just for KansasFest!

This workshop will get you started on your ornament and teach you the techniques you need to create it. Based on the time constraints, it is not expected that you will finish your entire ornament in the workshop. However, you can continue to work on your ornament through the week, and Sarah will be available to answer questions in the hallway or via email etc.

Skill level: Beginner to novice, previous sewing experience not necessary but helpful.

Notes: I welcome everyone who wants to participate in this workshop to be able to do so if possible. However, please be aware that we will be stitching on very small canvas, with sharp needles. This project will require some dexterity, and may be difficult for those with physical mobility concerns or vision impairments.  Please feel free to bring magnifiers or other assistive devices if needed. Needle threaders will be provided.

If you have additional concerns about the small size of the canvas, I can arrange to bring materials to make an ornament on slightly larger 7-count plastic canvas and using yarn instead of embroidery floss. The larger ornament will be slightly bigger and will have slightly different colors and stitches but will be essentially the same shape and pattern as for the rainbow ornament.

Large print patterns will also be available, or you can zoom in to the PDF version if you are bringing a laptop, tablet or mobile device that can read PDF files. Please make a note on the registration form for your preference.

This workshop requires pre-registration and a small fee of $7 to cover materials which can be paid on-site, sign up here.

Don’t forget to register for KansasFest, too, before July 10.

De-Protection Workshop

Posted Thu, Jul. 25th 2013 in
A companion hands-on workshop where participants bring their own disks and computers, and I (and hopefully some other knowledgeable volunteers) help them boot-trace the disks and de-protect them. All are welcome to participate or watch.

KansasFest kit-building workshop with Vince Briel

Posted Tue, Jun. 26th 2012 in News

Past KansasFest attendees have had loads of fun building one of Vince Briel’s kits. The proprietor behind Briel Computers is a patient teacher whose products are top-notch — "If you can’t get the real thing, get the Briel thing!" Last year, almost twenty attendees built the A2MP3 card, and two years before was the Replica-1, with every customer walking away with a working product.

Briel will again offer a workshop with his hands-on guidance — he’s a good teacher and patient with novices. Rather than offer a workshop focused on a single product, Briel will offer instruction in how to assemble any one of his models. The price of registration includes his hands-on tutelage and the purchase of the actual product, with which you go home. The minimum required hardware that isn’t supplied is a soldering iron, available at your local Radio Shack, and Briel will even teach you how to use it.

The following kits will be offered (prices are special for KFest attendees):

  • Apple IIGS 4MB RAM — $49 (save $40) — Experience: Beginner
  • Apple II MP3 — $89 (save $20) — Experience: Beginner
  • Replica 1 (Apple-1) — $129 (save $20) — Experience: Beginner to intermediate
  • Micro-KIM — $99 (save $10) — Experience: Intermediate
  • Altair 8800micro — $209 (save $10) — Experience: Intermediate

Workshop registration is available online and is not included in KansasFest registration. The deadline to register is July 8.

A2MP3 Workshop

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in

Build Vince Briel?s newest kit, an Apple II card that can play MP3 files loaded via a USB memory stick. Advanced registration and fee was required for this workshop. All are welcome to watch.

Build your own A2MP3 card with Vince Briel

Posted Fri, Apr. 8th 2011 in News

Vince Briel's Apple-1 workshop

Vince's workshops have been a hit at past KansasFests. Sign up while you can!

Here’s another great reason to attend this year’s KansasFest: Vince Briel of Apple-1 replica fame will conduct a workshop in which you build his latest creation, the A2MP3 card.

With this expansion card for the Apple II, you can plug in a USB memory stick loaded with MP3 files and play them on your Apple II. As an extra bonus, the cards will have ‘KansasFest’ silk-screened onto the card. These uniquely branded cards won’t be offered anywhere else!

The workshop costs $99 and includes both the parts required to build the kit and Vince’s tutelage to help you put it all together. Some soldering will be necessary, but beginners are welcome! To reserve your spot, add the workshop to your shopping cart when you register for KansasFest.

Replica 1 workshop gallery at Computerworld

Posted Fri, Aug. 14th 2009 in News

Vince Briel's Apple-1 workshopAs Vince Briel conducted his Replica 1 workshop on the last full day of KansasFest 2009, Ken Gagne, one of six students in the class, had his progress documented in photography. The result is an image gallery at Computerworld.com showing many of the steps (and obstacles) involved in assembling a working Apple-1 clone. It’s great to see KansasFest getting coverage in the mainstream press!

For a more informal look at KansasFest, there are plenty of other photos to complement our videos and podcasts. Check out our photo gallery for pictures by KansasFest attendees Ryan Suenaga, Bruce Baker, and Mark Frischknecht.