April 10th, 2015

KansasFest 2015 opens for registration

KANSAS CITY, MO — April 10, 2015 — KansasFest, the 27th 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 14, through Sunday, July 19, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman, a prolific computer game programmer, designer, and industry veteran. Heineman will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

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, Structris 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 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. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; 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 our website at http://kansasfest.org.

Register: http://www.kansasfest.org/registration/
Email: http://www.kansasfest.org/contact/
Twitter: @KansasFest
Facebook: TBD
Google Plus: TBD

September 25th, 2014

Drop /// Inches podcast #5 released – Dave Ottalini

In this episode, Mike and Paul had the opportunity to speak with Dave Ottalini, co-founder of the Apple /// Special Interest Group of the Washington Apple Pi user group. The entire episode is devoted to this conversation. And stay to the very end for an extremely interesting announcement!

Show Links

January 7th, 2012

Washington Apple Pi Apple /// DVD Reclassified as Public Domain

Dave Ottalini of the Washington Apple Pi user group announced today on Facebook that their Apple /// DVD, which formerly sold for $45, is now reclassified as public domain.  Here’s the text of David’s announcement:

Folks – I’d like to let you know that I’ve decided to put the old Apple /// DVD into the public domain so that the information there can be freely accessed. If Mike or anyone cares to upload that material they are welcome!

Note that the video DVD of using the Apple /// in ten EZ Lessons can also go into the PD as far as I’m concerned.

The DVD .iso is currently being uploaded to apple2scans.net and should be available later today.  This is great news from Dave and we thank him for his generous decision.

UPDATE: The 4.5GB image has been uploaded and is available now.  Get it here.

December 10th, 2011

Getting CP/M up and running on the CFFA

CP/M was a popular command line-based operating systems for PCs in the 1980’s, before Microsoft’s MS-DOS took over the platform.  It was also available on the Apple II (and III) thanks to the efforts of third-party vendors such as Applied Engineering and Microsoft, who sold the necessary hardware to interested users.  CP/M never really took off on the Apple II mainly because of the popularity of DOS and ProDOS, the availability of powerful applications that didn’t require the purchase of additional (and often expensive) hardware to run (such as AppleWorks), and because it was seen by loyal Apple fans as an “IBM thing”.

Not everyone eschewed Gary Kildall’s OS though and today, there exists a small but dedicated group of CP/M users in the Apple II community.  Gord Tulloch is one of those users and he recently started the AppleCPM blog.  In his latest post, Gord describes the steps he discovered by trial and error to get CP/M up and running on one of Rich Dreher’s popular CFFA cards.  His instructions utilize Steven Hirsch’s PCPIPRO and ProPartition software and only work with the PCPI AppliCard, and you must follow the steps exactly but I gave this a whirl last night and it worked fine for me.

Currently, the instructions still require you to boot from a floppy disk but Gord promises a future post on how to boot from the CFFA, as well as instructions for getting it working on the new CFFA3000.  If you’re interested in running CP/M on a modern mass storage solution for the Apple II, be sure to check out his blog.  You can also subscribe to the Yahoo AppleCPM group for a great file repository and forums for support from a knowledgeable, friendly group of CP/M fans.

July 7th, 2011

BASUG/Apple2000 Magazine archive online

Ewen Wannop has posted the following announcement:

The British Apple Systems User Group, renamed in 1986 to Apple2000, ran continuously from 1981 to 1992, and was the National Apple User Group for the UK. Over that period of time, they published regular magazines and other publications, much of which may not have been seen outside of the UK.

In the early years, the magazines were devoted exclusively to the Apple II, but as the years progressed, they encompassed the Apple /// and the Macintosh. Till the very end, all the many Apple computers were treated equally, so coverage for both was always given in the magazines.

In parallel to the magazines and printed material, BASUG/Apple2000 ran a bulletin board, which under various sysops, ran for most of the years, and survived in the form of TABBS for some years.

Disk libraries were available to members, and the Apple II disk libraries survive in the form of the TABBS CD-ROM available from Syndicomm.

The BASUG/Apple2000 magazines and printed material have now been scanned, and are online as PDF files. They are currently hosted on a MobileMe web site, and will remain there as long as Apple deign to let us keep it!

Go to: http://homepage.mac.com/speccie/apple2000.html

June 5th, 2011

Seattle Retro-Computing Society Announces its Inaugural Meeting

The Seattle Retro-Computing Society has announced its inaugural meeting at the Living Computer Museum on Saturday, June 25, 2011.  If you attend, drop us a line — we’d love to hear all about it.  Meeting details and a map can be found at SRCS web page.

February 20th, 2011

Video demonstration of Apple IIGS ROM4 “Mark Twain” now online

At the June 1996 Gravenstein User Group meeting, Joe Kohn gave a demonstration of the Mark Twain — the Apple IIGS “ROM4″ prototype that Apple Computer chose not to bring to market.

The presentation has been in limbo for all these years, until now. As part of preserving Joe Kohn’s legacy of distinguished service to the Apple II Community, the video has been made available by his friends.

Joe Kohn and the Mark Twain from Ken Gagne on Vimeo.

December 13th, 2010

Apple’s first user group newsletter available

Brutal Deluxe has made available the last three issues of Apple’s Contact newsletter from 1978 and 1979, as well as the 32-page Best of Contact ’78. The Apple Bibliography on page 30 is filled with classic early article references on the Apple II, such as:

Wozniak, Stephen, “Sweet 16: the 6502 Dream Machine”, Byte 2, No. 11, pp 150-159 (Nov. 1977), and

Bishop, Robert J. “The Remarkable Apple II”, Kilobaud Issue 23 (Oct., 1978)

September 6th, 2006

Princeton Apple Users Group to meet September 8th

The Princeton Apple Users Group will meet on Friday, September 8th, at 7:30 in David Ciotti’s basement.

August 8th, 2006

Princeton Apple Users Group to meet August 11th

The Princeton Apple Users Group will meet on Friday, August 11th, at 7:30 in David Ciotti’s basement.

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