June 2nd, 2017

WOzFest Slot 7: Your Card Announced for 22 July 2017

From the europlus blog:

I’m very happy to announce that the next WOzFest, WOzFest Slot 7: Your Card, will be held on Saturday 22 July 2017, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

The theme for the day will be “The IIgs”, and was requested/selected by attendees at WOzFest PR#6.

In addition, the now-annual video hookup with Kansas Fest attendees will start at about 14:00 local time (23:00 Friday Kansas City time).

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus blog’s WOzFest tag.

March 31st, 2017

KansasFest 2017 opens for registration

KansasFest 2017, the 29th annual Apple II convention, is now open for registration.  Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will join us in Kansas City, Missouri from July 18 – 23 with a keynote presentation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Space is limited to 100 people, so register soon to reserve your spot.

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions related to the Apple II. 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 hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, The Tinies game tournaments, 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.

Register by May 31 to guarantee a price of $385 for a double room or $455 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. After that, prices rise. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 18; registration for staying on-site closes July 1. To register, please visit the official registration form.

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

March 2nd, 2017

Brutal Deluxe to deliver KansasFest 2017 keynote

KansasFest 2017, the 29th annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 18 – 23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will join us with a keynote presentation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apple II.

Vignau and Zardini founded Brutal Deluxe Software in 1992 focusing on 16-bit software. The team created programs, such as the Convert 3200 graphics tool, and adapted games like Bille Art, The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade, and LemminGS. The team remains active and has since released numerous titles, including Cadius (disk image utility), Merlin 32 (cross-assembler), You, DustHead! (disk head cleaning utility), i’m fEDD up (disk archiving), MountIt (disk image tool), and Fishhead (file copier). They also created comprehensive archives of cassette tapes, French cracking and underground groups, machine serial numbers, and unique documentation.  This year, Brutal Deluxe published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs. A quarter-century of continuing Apple II innovations and personal perspectives on the European computing scene are sure to delight and inform KansasFest attendees.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site, and registration will open on March 31. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please visit the event’s official Web site.

Brutal Deluxe

(Warning: Picture from 1994. Products shown may vary from actual products.)

January 2nd, 2017

Steve Gozdziewski, former KansasFest committee chair, passes away

Steve Gozdziewski, the former “Grand Gouda” of the KansasFest committee, has passed away. He was 69.

Steve was the champion of KansasFest for many years, leading the event around the turn of the century, after the Apple II had been discontinued but before it became retro. He recruited several committee members as well as such memorable keynote speakers as Ryan Suenaga and Eric Shepherd. But Steve made sure to enjoy the event, too: he loved the community and how effortlessly friends reconnected after a year apart. He especially appreciated how easily new friendships were made, commenting, “I’ve always wanted and felt that EVERY Apple II owner/user should experience KFest at least once — it’s almost an obligation that comes with owning the machine:) It’s been wonderful to see how much knowledge and experience the newcomers bring along with what they also gain by attending. KFest really has a magical quality!"

Steve was also a wizard at GShisen, often winning the KansasFest game competition with scores that left his fellow players in the dust. Although Steve had not been to KansasFest since 2003, he remained connected to the community. For KansasFest 2010, he sponsored the purchase of one copy of the documentary GET LAMP for each attendee.

Whether Steve was winning or losing, chatting, running around, or laying back, he always had a smile on his face and a laugh to go with it. He will be missed.

KansasFest 2002

Steve Gozdziewski (third from left) in a lineup of the usual suspects at KansasFest 2002.

More details are available from the Massapequa Funeral Home.

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 26th, 2016

4am releases Passport, automated copying tool


Passport

Passport is a verification program for 5.25-inch Apple II floppy disks. It can verify all unprotected disks and many copy-protected disks. It can also create a copy of the original disks in a standard 16-sector format, and optionally apply patches to the copy to help make the copy work properly.

BOOM!

Jeremy Barr-Hyde is already using Passport. Check out his excellent blog post documenting his archival workflow for backing up protected diskettes.

https://jbretro.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/passportby4am-jbhworkflow/”

July 25th, 2016

Call-A.P.P.L.E. releases updated books for KansasFest

Try using checkout code LULU30 or SHIPSAVE16.


Monitor_Peeled

Press Release:

Seattle, Washington — July 22, 2016 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is proud to announce the immediate availability of the classic book The Apple II Monitor Peeled.

Last published by A.P.P.L.E. in 1979, this release returns the book to print and for the first time in Hardcover. Writing programs for an Apple II computer is simplified by having a useful reference for the Apple II Monitor that describes how to make use of a particular feature. The Apple II Monitor Peeled examines the Apple II Monitor and ROM address range $F800~$FFFF, and provides a useful reference for Peeks, Pokes, and Calls.

Features

• Restored pages and a new back cover.
• Back in print for the first time since 1979.
• Available in Softcover and Hardcover for the first time.
• Peeks, Pokes, and Calls organized by topic.
• Memory Locations in Hex and Decimal fully described.
• ROM contents of the Apple II described and organized by subject.
• Keyboard Input, Text Output, and Screen Format routines.
• Machine Language program development aids.
• Beneficial for Machine Language and BASIC programmers.

Pricing

The Apple II Monitor Peeled is available in Softcover for $19.95 and Hardcover for $29.95 through the Lulu bookstore.


WWA2

Press Release:

Seattle, Washington — July 22, 2016 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is proud to announce the immediate availability of the book What’s Where in the Apple – Enhanced Edition: A Complete Guide to the Apple II Computer.

Produced in coordination with original publisher Robert Tripp and last published in 1984, this new Enhanced Edition is the most complete and accurate edition ever created, featuring improved readability, new coverage of the Apple IIe and Apple IIc, and a forward and historical perspective by Robert Tripp.

A comprehensive guide to the hardware and firmware organization and architecture of the Apple II computer, What’s Where in the Apple discusses concepts and programming techniques useful for mastering the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the Apple II.

The numerical Atlas and alphabetical Gazetteer guide you to over 2,700 memory locations of PEEKs, POKEs, and CALLs in DOS and ProDOS. The names and locations of various Monitor, DOS, Integer BASIC, and Applesoft routines are listed, and information is provided on their use.

Applesoft and Integer BASIC users will learn how to speed up and streamline programs. Assembly language users will discover routines that simplify coding and interfacing. All users will find this book helpful to understand the Apple II and essential for mastering it!

Features

• The definitive guide to the Apple II computer.
• New Forward and The Evolution of WWA by original publisher Robert Tripp.
• Article by William F. Luebbert about WWA that originally appeared in MICRO.
• All Apple IIe and Apple IIc models are covered for the first time in two Chapters and the Atlas/Gazetteer.
• More new features include: Chapter 1 describing Apple computer models, Appendices, Glossary, and Index.
• With over 4,000 hours of editing, restoration, formatting, and new features, this new Enhanced Edition is the most complete and accurate edition ever created.
• 23 Chapters encompassing a comprehensive guide to the hardware and firmware organization and architecture of the Apple II computer to help BASIC and Assembly language programmers through clear tutorials and examples.
• Over 2,700 memory locations of PEEKs, POKEs, and CALLs in DOS and ProDOS, detailing routines and use.
• All complete programs in the book are available on an Apple II DSK image.
• Almost 600 pages.
• Introduced and produced by two long-time Apple historians, Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.

Pricing

What’s Where in the Apple – Enhanced Edition is available in Softcover for $49.98 and Hardcover for $69.95 through the Lulu bookstore.

July 24th, 2016

Week of the KFest



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