August 11th, 2016

Happy 66th Birthday Woz!


It’s Steve Wozniak’s Birthday today!
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July 26th, 2016

KansasFest appears on Cult of Mac

Five KansasFest related articles have been posted to Cult of Mac.

Some general coverage, including a bit of the Garage Giveaway is available at: http://www.cultofmac.com/438978/apple-ii-fans-find-themselves-in-hog-heaven-at-kansasfest/

…and everyone’s restoration hero, Javier Rivera is featured at http://www.cultofmac.com/439119/this-guy-makes-badly-aged-apple-computers-sparkle-again/

SolderFest! http://www.cultofmac.com/439258/kansasfest-solder-session-proves-theres-fun-in-melting-metal/

Martin Haye interviewed, http://www.cultofmac.com/439484/kansasfest-is-a-second-chance-childhood-for-one-programmer/

Final Notes from Nerdvana, http://www.cultofmac.com/439621/kansasfest-final-notes-from-nerdvana/

July 26th, 2016

WOzFest $04 recap

Hi all,

I’ve now posted my WOzFest $04 recap and photos galleries on my blog site, the recap is roughly the same as I posted here:

http://apple2.europlus.zone/community/wozfest-iv-recap/

http://apple2.europlus.zone/community/wozfest-iv-galleries/

If you have any photos from WOzFest $04, please post a link to them in the comments to the galleries post.

Talk soon,
Sean

July 26th, 2016

KansasFest 2016 HackFest videos and downloads




Rob McMullen
Omnivore
Jumpman Level Editor

Jeremy Rand
Bejeweled Project Page
Bejeweled Bootable Disk Image

Kevin Savetz
Kaverns of KFest Project Page
Kaverns Bootable Disk Image

Paul Hagstrom
WavyDots Project Page

July 24th, 2016

Week of the KFest



July 22nd, 2016

KansasFest 2017

Official News: KansasFest 2017 will be held at Rockhurst University, July 18th through July 23rd, 2017. This will be the 29th consecutive year of the largest gathering of Apple II retro-enthusiasts in the world.

July 7th, 2016

Apple II Festival France 2016


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Mark your calendars again! Coming this August 12th through August 15th is APPLE II FESTIVAL FRANCE 2016, at Maska to Castera-Verduzan in Gers. Join your fellow European Apple II enthusiasts for a few days of retrocomputing, gaming, hacking, good food and some wine. Apple II Festival France 2016 is being produced by Silicium and Facebook Group Apple II France.

http://www.apple2festivalfrance.fr

July 4th, 2016

WOzFest $04 Announcement

Europlus writes:

From: http://apple2.europlus.zone/community/wozfest-iv-announcement/

To celebrate KansasFest 2016 (and commiserate with other non-attendees) I’m proud to announce WOzFest $04 will be held on Saturday 23 July, kicking off at around midday.

At 1400 AEST we’ll try and get a video hookup with any KansasFest insomniacs (it’ll be 2300 CDT 22 July there) and share the KFest vibe.

Potential projects include ESR testing of PSU capacitors (feel free to bring some along), software preservation, assessment of some complete Apple //e education systems Jeremy from Canberra has recently secured from his high school Maths teacher, disk drive maintenance/recovery, and anything else people bring with them or decide on the day!

The usual munchies and cider will be present, with an expected dinner of pizza.

I expect it will be more low-key than WOzFest /// – but as I discovered last time around, anything can happen in 3 short weeks!

Hope to see you there!

europlus

May 26th, 2016

KansasFest early-bird registration ends May 31st!


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Reminder!

Discounted early-bird registration for KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, ends May 31. On June 1, prices rise $55, so reserve your spot now. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1.

Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie. Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble Magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees present all KansasFest sessions, so please submit your session proposal by May 31. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, 4 player Kaboom! tournament, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.



May 4th, 2016

4soniq IIGS stereo card press release (debuted at WOzFest ///)

Manila Gear Introduces the 4soniq – a 4Channel Sound Card for the Apple IIGS

Sydney, Australia, 29 April 2016—Manila Gear today announced the 4soniq interface card for the Apple II GS. The card gives II GS owners the ability to connect up to 4 separate powered speakers so they can enjoy quadraphonic surround sound. In addition to providing four channels of output, the 4soniq gives owners the ability to capture audio with a single channel input digitiser.

The 4soniq was announced at WOzFest /// where Jon Christopher Co demonstrated a prototype 4soniq card for attendees to inspect and use in KABOOM! gameplay. “It all started when we were chatting about how the Apple II GS can generate 8 channels of sound, and fellow Apple enthusiast Andrew Roughan wondered ‘if anyone ever attempted such a design.’ John and I checked it out and we decided to give it a shot!” said Jon. “We hope Apple II GS users enjoy using it and programming for it as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

Hardware
The 4soniq unlocks the capabilities already available in the Apple II GS ’ Ensoniq Digital Oscillator Chip. The simple design and robust engineering delivers clean, reliable sound.

Features:

  • 4 channel output via two 3.5 mm stereo jacks
  • 1 channel input via one 3.5 mm mono jack

When paired with another 4soniq card, it is possible to achieve 8 channels of output. The 4soniq can also be setup for slotless operation.

Software
A Programmers Guide for the 4soniq will be available on the Manila Gear website in the near future. The guide will show developers how to program for the 4soniq, and will include sample code on how to modify existing software to support 4 channel sound.

In addition, thanks to the hard work of Ninjaforce’s Jesse Blue, the recently announced v1.02 of its popular Bomberman clone KABOOM! is fully 4soniq compatible.

The 4soniq will soon be available for pre-order on manilagear.com. For more information on the card specifications please visit http://manilagear.com/product/4soniq-sound-card

Manila Gear is an electronics company founded by Jon Christopher Co and John Valdezco. Jon has been a hardware hacker for the past twenty years and maintains a blog at: http://damntechnology.blogspot.com.au. John advises Silicon Valley startups, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Both Jon and John attended Philippine Science High School, and have been working together on cool stuff since then.


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