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Next OZ KFest Dates Decided

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From Andrew Roughan — The next Australian retro computing gathering, Oz KFest, will be happening in Melbourne, Australia, April 17-19, 2015. Come join us downunder for a few of days of retro inspiration, Aussie ingenuity and camaraderie!

The goal of the event is to provide a user group style environment to exchange ideas and discuss new developments in retro computing hardware, software, preservation, emulation and other related topics. There will be a few attendees of past KansasFests and Oz KFests and we hope to imbibe the spirit of these events into Oz KFest once again.

The presentations during the weekend will come from the participants and therefore an invitation is extended for session proposals to be made via email to ozkfest@gmail.com  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.

Registration for the event is not yet open. However, now is the time to block out the dates in your calendar, arrange how to get there and where you’ll stay. If you need help, let us know how we can help.  Reminder that the ‘Downunder Chat’ happens every Friday night from 9pm Australian EST in irc.a2central.com #a2.chat

For more information on registration for the OZ KFest event, check out the event website at:

http://ozkfest.net

Former Editor of Softtalk Magazine to Keynote Kfest

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From the Kansasfest Comittee announcement:

“KansasFest 2014, the Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 22 -27 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Margot Comstock, co-founder and editor of the much-loved Softalk magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation.

Comstock and Al Tommervik founded Softalk in 1980 to share the hardware, software, and people behind the Apple II.  At its peak, Softalk had 250,000 readers and uniquely offered broad and deep coverage of everything Apple II related, including programming, game playing, business use, and home use.  Later, Softalk Publishing produced magazines for the emerging Macintosh and IBM markets, ST.Mac and Softalk for the IBM Personal Computer.  Softline, a game magazine begun by Ken William’s OnLine Systems and later renamed to ST.Game, was Softalk Publishing’s second longest-lived magazine.  Softalk Books published several books by the magazine’s columnists and a Mac book by Doug Clapp.

The Apple II magazine ran for four years before industry changes and expenses led management to cease publication.  In that time, Softalk earned many loyal fans, and a group of volunteers is working to archive and share issues.  The Smithsonian Institution recognizes Comstock and Tommervik as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution and Softalk as a chronicle of that revolution.

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 in early 2014. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please visit the event’s official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

CONTACT:

KansasFest 2014
http://www.kansasfest.org/
http://twitter.com/kansasfest/

 

Margot Comstock will deliver keynote at KFest 2014

Margot Comstock, co-founder and editor of the much-loved Softalk magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation at KansasFest 2014, which is scheduled for July 22 –27 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Comstock and Al Tommervik founded Softalk in 1980 to share the hardware, software, and people behind the Apple II. At its peak, Softalk had 250,000 readers and uniquely offered broad and deep coverage of everything Apple II related, including programming, game playing, business use, and home use.

The Apple II magazine ran for four years before industry changes and expenses led management to cease publication. In that time, Softalk earned many loyal fans, and a group of volunteers is working to archive and share issues. The Smithsonian Institution recognizes Comstock and Tommervik as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution and Softalk as a chronicle of that revolution.

Learn more by visiting the KansasFest web site

Kansasfest Committee releases logo for 2014 event

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The Kansasfest committee has release a teaser email containing the 2014 rendition of the Kansasfest Logo.  Kansasfest is an Apple II centric enthusiast convention which happens each year in Kansas City, Missouri.   The event draws hobbyists from around the globe and is usually inundated with advancements in the hardware and software on the Apple II series platforms.  The 2014 Kansasfest will take place July 22nd to 27th.  For more information, check the Kansasfest website at: http://www.kansasfest.org

KansasFest 2014 Dates Announced

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As the end of the 2013 version of KansasFest winds down, the particip@ants begin to look to the next year.  The dates for the 2014 rendition of the KansasFest Apple ][ convention have been announced and ccording to a posting on twitter from Ken Gagne of Juiced.GS, the event will be held 22-27 July, 2014.

This year’s event featured Randy Wigginton as the keynote speaker and Steve Wozniak showed up to relive some of the good old days with the 50 plus hobbyists.  Be sure to check the KansasFest website for further information as the event nears:

http://www.kansasfest.org

OZ KFest Announced

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There will be another rendition of the OZ KFest this year.   The austrailian compoinent of the Apple II fans has once again decided to have their get together to coincide with the Kansas City based event.  According to the press release from Andrew Roughan, one of the event’s organizers, “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 comraderie.

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 Rasberry 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 inbibe the Kansasfest spirit into Oz Kfest 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”

WWDC Keynote to be Streamed Live on Apple TV

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Apple has announced that their Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, scheduled for 10am PDT today will be streamed live on Apple TV as well as the Apple WWDC 2013 App.  For several years now, many developers and those in the Apple community have complained about a lack of live streaming of the Apple events.  With the record sellout time of the tickets for the 2013 rendition of the WWDC event, Apple was forced to cover those who were unable to get a ticket.

Apple departed from its tradition route of announcing an event by posting the press release to the Business Wire website at:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130610005564/en/Apple-Provide-Live-Video-Streaming-Worldwide-Developers

For more information about the event, you can check out the Apple Events website at:

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2013/

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Apple Releases iOS App for WWDC 2013

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Apple Inc. has released an iOS App for the iPhone and iPad which will give all registered Apple developers access to the event.  The 2013 edition of the WorldWide Developers Conference in San Francisco sold out in a record 71 seconds this year leaving many developers in the dark so to speak.  Apparently, Apple has heard the cries of anguish from those developers who figured they would be able to get a ticket and were not so lucky.

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The WWDC app is a free download for all users but will only be usable to those with current Apple developer IDs.   The app includes many features such as:

• Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events
• Mark schedule items as favorites with a simple double-tap
• Watch session videos, available daily
• Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another
• Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily snapshots
• View maps to find your way around Moscone West
• Provide feedback on session content and speakers within the session details view
• Add your attendee information to Passbook for speedier on-site registration

You can download the WWDC iOS App at;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id640199958?mt=8

 

WWDC 2013 Sells Out in 2 Minutes

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WWDC, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, has sold out their entire allotment of tickets in a matter of two minutes.   In previous years, tickets were still available until a few weeks before the conference, however, as the popularity of the Mac has increased, the conference has been a more desirable destination.   This record sellout is not likely to change next year either unless Apple increases the number of available tickets.

For more information about WWDC or the availability of the conferences sessions on Video, check out the WWDC web page at:

https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets/

A trio of reviews

The first is more of an update than a review. Ubuntu 13.4 is out. For those into running Linux this has been a fairly successful update. Although I haven’t tried it there does not appear to be many complaints. Mint 15 (derived from this version of Ubuntu) should be out toward the end of May.

The second is a program called Simutrans found at http://freecode.com. Alternatively it is available in the repositories if there is access to a Debian based system (such as Ubuntu). It is an open source simulation similar to Transport Tycoon. It is also cross-platform with source code provided. This means it should run on just about any computer. I haven’t played the original game so I can’t say how close it is to the original. The program runs well on my Linux system. I don’t know much about game play but it appears to be doing what it is supposed to do. The other thing to be aware of is a graphics pack will need to be downloaded. Two are downloaded via the repositories but adding others should be simple.

Third is a free Minecraft server called Craftbukkit (or Bukkit for short). There are plenty of videos on Youtube and links in Google to give people an idea of what it can do. They have recently updated to version 1.5.1 to match the Minecraft client and Mojangs Vanilla server. The main advantage to running Bukkit as opposed to Vanilla is the features. There are more things which can be done out of the box. Plugins (server modifications) are incredibly easy. Plus Bukkit is quite a bit more stable. Again it is cross-platform and will run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. My preference is to run it in a bare bones text mode Linux virtual machine for speed. Installing it is as simple as downloading a single file, unpacking it, running the binary once (assuming this is the first time) to set things up, then run it again to run the server. I have set up a series of scripts to make life easier. Connecting to the internet requires some router magic but there are plenty of references to help out. If anyone is into creating their own plugins or running a world, this is the way to go.