February 7th, 2019

Retro computing event in Melbourne Australia April 2019

Update: Unfortunately GORF was cancelled in early April due to lack of registrations.

The Great Oz Retro-Fest, (GORF) is a multi-day event celebrating the personal computing platforms of the 1970s, 80s and 90s including the Apple, Microbee, Commodore, Atari, Sinclair and other 8- and 16-bit computer lines. GORF is being produced by Teaching Electronics and Computing History (TECH) Inc. which is an Australian not-for-profit association.

GORF is happening from April 24th-28th 2019 at Urban Camp in Melbourne, Australia. Similar to KansasFest there is bunk-style accommodation provided on-site and participants are encouraged to live-in for the duration of the event.

Keynote speakers include Owen Hill, an original employee of Microbee Systems; Ewan Wordsworth Director of Microbee Technology Pty Ltd; as well as retro-technology researcher Dr. Melanie Swalwell from the Play It Again project.

Participants are also encouraged to give sessions, so the format will be very similar to the well known KansasFest and OzKFest events.

The cost of the event will be AU$360 (~USD$260) which includes 4 nights bunk style accommodation and most meals. Day passes will also be available.
Registrations close April 1st.

The GORF organizing committee includes Melody Ayres-Griffiths, the editor of Paleotronic Magazine, and past participant at Kansasfest and OzKFest events.

While in Melbourne, visit the Play-It-Again exhibition of a playable history of Australasian games at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

About TECH Inc
Teaching Electronics and Computing History (TECH) Inc. is an Australian not-for-profit association incorporated in the state of Victoria. The purposes of the association are to promote awareness and understanding of the fundamentals and history of electronics-based technologies such as computers through various means, including the creation of software, print and web-based materials, the holding of events and exhibitions, acquisition of items of historical significance for restoration and display, and any other activities as deemed appropriate by its members.

July 24th, 2018

KansasFest 2019 dates announced

Last week, at the largest gathering of Apple II users since 1994, the dates for KansasFest 2019 were announced. Retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, next July 15–21 for the 31st annual KansasFest — featuring a week of sessions, workshops, announcements, demos, releases, games, podcasts, and more!

Registration for the next KansasFest is expected to open sometime in Q1 2019. Subscribe to the event’s blog, email list, or Twitter feed for updates about the longest-running annual convention for Apple II users.

June 28th, 2018

WOzFest X Announced for 21 July 2018

From the europlus zone blog:

Yes, I know I’ve been slack not posting my WOzFest DB9 Recap and Photos Galleries, but I am able (and happy) to announce the date for the next WOzFest, WOzFest X – Saturday 21 July 2018, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

I haven’t set a theme for WOzFest X – however, I have organised the usual Kansas Fest video hookup we try for each year. The Skype call is slated to start at around 14:00 local time (23:00 Friday Kansas City time). Frequent WOzFest and Kansas Fest attendees Melody & April, publishers of Paleotronic Magazine (and authors of the microM8 emulator), will be hosting the Kansas City end of the Skype call.

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

January 21st, 2018

WOzFest DB9 Announced for 28 April 2018

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest, WOzFest DB9 – Saturday 28 April 2018, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

The theme for WOzFest DB9 is “Communications” – serial, networked, wireless, and wired.

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

Recaps and photo galleries have also been posted for WOzFest S7,D2 and WOzFest 8-bit.

December 13th, 2017

Oz KFest 2017 Recap

From the europlus zone:

As I’ve previously alluded to, there was an Oz KFest this year, held on Bribie Island, which is an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, Queensland. I didn’t spend the time blogging from the event as I had originally intended to (those following my Retrochallenge entries will know where my intentions sometimes end up), so rather than a series of shorter blog posts, this will be a long post covering the whole event.

Read the full recap here.

October 28th, 2017

WOzFest 8-bit Announced for 18 November 2017

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to finally announce the date for the next WOzFest, WOzFest 8-bit – Saturday 18 November 2017, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00).

The theme for WOzFest Slot 7: Your Card was the Apple IIgs, Apple’s only non-8-bit Apple ][. It therefore seemed appropriate to set the theme for WOzFest 8-bit to all the other Apple ][s (which were 8-bit)…and the Apple-1, Apple /// and Apple ///+.

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

July 8th, 2017

Oz KFest 2017 is now open for registration

Oz KFest 2017, the Australian retro computing gathering, is now open for registration. Oz KFest is happening at Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia between August 30th and September 3rd 2017

Oz KFest provides a similar experience to the well known and admired Kansasfest Apple II convention. For the first time, Oz KFest will be held at a venue with on-site accommodation. Also for the first time, due to popular demand, Oz KFest will run for longer than a weekend.

Australian Apple II enthusiasts have a long history of innovation and Oz KFest provides an opportunity for them to share their latest exploits and discoveries. Oz KFest welcomes session proposals on any retro computing topic. In addition all attendees share their knowledge and expertise by providing assistance to others on maintaining their equipment. There will also be optional workshops for learning to solder and building a Wifi RS-232 modem.

Accommodation in bunk beds in a shared cabin is available for AU$190 which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. The event will be partially self-catered with attendees helping out to prepare the meals under guidance from the head Chef.
Registration closes on August 1st and spaces in the onsite cabins are limited.

For the registration form, more information about the venue and for news about previous events please visit the event website.

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.

May 3rd, 2017

WOzFest PR#6 Announcements

The sixth WOzFest, the informal, irregular, afternoon gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in Wollstonecraft, Australia happened on Saturday 29th April. Here is a brief recap of the announcements that were made. For full coverage, head over to the organiser’s blog post about WOzFest PR#6.

Manila Gear has announced that their version of the No Slot Clock is now available for pre-ordering. This device was announced at WOzFest 5.25 in November and has been delayed by software testing. It will be available for purchase at https://manilagear.com/product/no-slot-clock/

John Brooks told the gathering that he is working on a new version of ProDOS 8 that will incorporate drivers for the No Slot Clock and the DClock. This is not yet available but is already in testing.

Sean McNamara has produced an Electrolytic Capacitor ‘Spec & Check’ Sheet for the Astec Power Supply AA11040B/C which is a very useful resource for refurbishing Apple ][ and Apple ][ europlus power supply units. See his blog post for further information and for a link to the resource.

March 28th, 2017

WOzFest PR#6 Announced for 29 April 2017

From the europlus blog:

I’m exceedingly pleased to announce that the next WOzFest, WOzFest PR#6, will be held on Saturday, April 29 2017, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

The theme of the day will be “Preservation”, with a special emphasis on grass-roots preservation efforts.

Four Skype video sessions are currently planned with enthusiasts from around the world who are known for their preservation efforts.

A book scanner is also planned to be on hand for a demonstration of non-destructive digitisation of bound publications.

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

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