June 20th, 2013

Woz attends historic testing of five Apple 1 computers

Today’s Woz-stalking is courtesy Dean Nichols and The San Jose Mercury News. Tuesday, June 18th saw Steve Wozniak and several other *very notable* attendees gathered at History San Jose to power-on and test no fewer than five Apple 1 computers. How many of us wish they could have been there to see that?

June 17th, 2013

OzKFest dates announced, July 26-28 Brisbane Australia

Andrew Roughan has announced the date and location of the (we think) second-largest gathering of Apple II users in the world.

The Australian retro computing gathering, OzKfest, will be happening in Brisbane, Australia, July 26-28. That’s just 6 weeks away. Steve Kazoullis and I would like you join us for a few of days of retro inspiration, Aussie ingenuity and camaraderie.

Some of the confirmed sessions include:

  • Live discussion of the events of KanasFest that will have taken place in the previous days
  • Matt Jenkins will take us on a ‘A trip down Memory lane’
  • There will be a demonstration of the Carte Blanche with HDMI adapter in an Apple IIe (courtesy of Stephen Howell)
  • I will be demonstrating The Complex, a turn based, multi player, RPG created by Sean Craig (who may be in attendance)
  • Skype link up with Woz
  • Skype link up with KansasFest attendees

I keenly anticipate some hardware hackery from Alex Lukacz and Jon Co and I’m sure Alex will be bringing his turtle robot controlled via Bluetooth. There may even be some Apple interfaces with the Raspberry Pi. We also have some presentations related to other classic computer platforms and current hobbyist innovations such as the Maximite.

The website has all the logistical details including a registration form. Session details will be updated shortly. http://ozkfest.net/

There will be a few attendees of past KansasFests and the previous OzKfest and we hope to imbibe the KansasFest spirit into OzKFest again this year.

Now is the time to get your registration form in, arrange how to get there and where you’ll stay. If you need help, let us know how we can help.

If you have an idea for a session that you’d like to present, please let us know so we can allocate a time slot for you. If you would like to learn something, let us know what that is and we will try to find a presenter for that topic, e.g. Stephen Wright would like an introduction to IIgs development and I’d like to find out how to change and manage disk images within ActiveGS.

Steve and I are really excited about this event and can’t wait to see you there! Reminder that the ‘Downunder Chat’ happens every Friday night from 9pm Australian EST in irc.a2central.com #a2.chat

May 30th, 2013

Time running out for KansasFest 2013 early registration

If you’re planning to attend KansasFest this year, this is your reminder that early registration discounts and event t-shirt ordering will expire after May 31st.

Attendance is UP this year, as regulars and several new attendees alike converge for the largest gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world. Be there or regret it forever.

May 30th, 2013

Melissa Barron’s Glitch screencaptures on display at Furtherfield Gallery

If you find yourself in jolly ol’ England this summer, say between the dates of June 8th and July 28th, be sure to stop in at the Furtherfield Gallery’s McKenzie Pavillion in London and personally see Melissa Barron’s Glitch screencapture weavings on display as part of the Glitch Moment/ums exhibit.



March 29th, 2013

KansasFest 2013 opens for registration

KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC. Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

 

Many Web sites, including the KansasFest site, have been experiencing technical difficulties for the past couple of days.  We’ve held off this announcement until the site seemed to work reliably.  But, if you have trouble, please try again later.  Rest assured that KansasFest and the Apple II will go forward even if the Internet does not.

March 22nd, 2013

Apple II / The 2013 release: Zéphyr by Froggy Software

France, March 22nd 2013 РBrutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the release of the arcade game Z̩phyr for the Apple II.
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This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton, Richard Soberka,

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini.

March 13th, 2013

Oz Kfest announced

In the tradition of KansasFest, the Australian alternative gathering, Oz Kfest, will happen again this year. When last held in 2009 it caused quite a stir: one prominent Apple II celebrity allegedly lamented that the lack of a followup to this event was their number one gripe. So here it is!  Scheduled to again coincide with KansasFest, Oz Kfest will be happening July 26-28 2013 at Kurilpa Hall, Kurilpa, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland state.

Registration is now open and session requests and proposals are now being solicited. For more information please visit the website at http://ozkfest.net/.

You can also join in the weekly “Downunder Chat”, which happens on the A2Central IRC server every Friday night, 9-11pm Australian Eastern time. (#a2c.chat on irc.a2central.com).

March 11th, 2013

Woz to keynote UC Berkeley 2013 Commencement

Following in the footsteps of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who delivered the 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford, Steve Wozniak has been named the keynote speaker for UC Berkeley’s 2013 Commencement program.  Commencement activities are scheduled to begin promptly at 9am on Saturday, May 18, “rain or shine”.  The Daily Californian has the full text of the press release.

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February 14th, 2013

Bill Budge to give Pinball Construction Set ‘postmortem’ at GDC 2013

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Bill Budge will be making an appearance at GDC 2013 to give a “Classic Postmortem” on his hit software title Pinball Construction Set.  From the GDC 2013 news item:

… Bill Budge, father of the seminal Pinball Construction Set will lay out one of the earliest examples of an in-game editor – a title that game developer legend Will Wright has credited as a key influence on the simulation games that launched him to stardom

Published in 1983 by Electronic Arts, Pinball Construction Set created a new genre in video games that encouraged user generated content where players could trade personalized content via floppy disk. The game’s editor allowed players to construct their own virtual pinball tables, and players could save these tables to disk and trade them with friends.

The editor’s clean and simple interface even served as inspiration to designs behind SimCity six years later – The Sims creator Will Wright cited Pinball Construction Set as his key inspiration while speaking on the GDC 2012 panel “Forgotten Tales Remembered.” Bill Budge, the father of the seminal Construction Set entry, will lay out the blueprints for how he created his own game and one of the earliest examples of an in-game editor.

This should go nicely with Budge’s release of the PBC source code earlier this week.

GDC 2013 is scheduled to take place March 25 – 29, 2013 in San Francisco.  Registration and travel information can be found here.

January 31st, 2013

VCFSE 1.0 Officially Announced

David Greelish, producer of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, has issued the following press release officially announcing the new convention:

Announcing the First Ever Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

The original Vintage Computer Festival was founded by Sellam Ismail and held in Pleasanton, California during October, 1997. Now, finally, the southeast region of the US gets its very own!

January 31, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia – Vintage Computer Festival Southeast – a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia – will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21. Our mission remains the same as that very first show:

The main mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of "obsolete" computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.

We will educate and entertain!

Dozens of exhibitors will be present from all over the region, plus many from other parts of the country. Many different brands of historic computers will be represented in the exhibit hall for live demonstrations by their owners.

A large premier exhibit will welcome each attendee as they enter the festival – The Apple Pop-Up Museum which tells the story of how a small start-up company, founded in a garage by two young friends, became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. The exhibit displays an exclusive collection of game-changing Apple personal computers and consumer electronics products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I and the first Disk II and controller card are among the rare artifacts to be displayed.

A vintage game station will be available for children and adults to play a large variety of classic games on classic computers and game consoles.

Two retrocomputing kit building classes will be held, plus numerous, and inexpensive introduction to soldering classes.

Lectures are still being scheduled now, but our very special keynote speaker and presenter will be announced very soon!

The VCFSE is hosted and produced by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.

One-day adult tickets to the VCFSE are just $5. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free. For hours, directions, and other details, please visit vintage.org (lots more info coming)

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