Show 0032: Live from KansasFest 2009!

Welcome to Show 0032! Recorded live at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, this episode of A2Unplugged fills us in on the happenings at the in-progress KansasFest 2009, recording with an open microphone and in the irc chat room. Guests this episode include Andy Molloy from Juiced.GS magazine and the KansasFest committee, noted Apple II programmer and owner and operator of Syndicomm Eric Shepherd, and official KansasFest Tweeter Kirk Mitchell.

This KansasFest was filled to the brim with 25 sessions, including after dinner and two session tracks on Saturday, including Vince Briel’s Replica-1 workshop. It was also filled with new attendees (20% of attendees were first time KFesters) and new products (including the Apple II VGA Card, Sweet 16 2.0 and 2.1, two new NDAs and four new CD-ROM projects from Sheppy,a new Marinetti FAQ and two new DAs from A2Unplugged’s own Ryan Suenaga, a wall calendar and a new volume from Juiced.GS, and a MP3 player prototype by Vince Briel. KansasFest was being Tweeted and otherwise reported on by Kirk Mitchell. Also discussed were the keynote by Jason Scott of and Ivan’s IIe card session.

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Written: Jul 25, 2009

A2Unplugged at KansasFest 2009

I was hoping to get up a new, long overdue episode up before leaving Honolulu, but that did not happen. However, I am indeed at Rockhurst University for KansasFest 2009, sitting near Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd and Kirk Mitchell.

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Written: Jul 21, 2009

Show 0028: KansasFest 2008 Wrap Up

Welcome to Show 0028! Voicemail is down! Email from John this episode–we hope you can come to KansasFest too and thanks for the kind words. Our main topic–KansasFest 2008 coverage: on Tuesday after Piekop Endropov service we hit Sweet Tomatoes, hang out, and write tons of code.

Wednesday’s agenda includes HackFest opening (thanks to Ken Gagne of Juiced.GS, Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd of Syndicomm, and Dr. Steven Weyhrich of for judging!), KFest Kookout (Kirk Mitchell, King of the Kooks), registration (nice purple green shirts, Ken), Lane Roath‘s awesome keynote harking back to his Softdisk days, Rob Walch of Today in iPhone‘s follow up on last year’s session, dinner, and the PizzaFest reception courtesy of Syndicomm and Juiced.GS (mahalo to Sheppy and Ken!), as well as the usual hanging out.

Thursday’s deal–Steve W. (not -that- Steve W) digitizes videos and photos, our other doc, Stavros, gives a tutorial on the Apple II Monitor, your A2Unplugged host runs a session on blogging for (lots of) fun and (very little) profit (best way to make a small fortune blogging is to start off with a large fortune!)–some video of me and other sessions are on YouTube–lunch, Bruce Baker taking us through Softdisk’s library of games, James Littlejohn of 8 Bit System on CAD for Apple II hardware, Sheppy demos Sweet16 and discusses developing Apple II software using Sweet16 (lots of new features!), followed by War Games 25th Anniversary showing–when the projector wasn’t crashing–or working on HackFest projects!

Friday featured Margaret Anderson on HyperCard IIgs (see her interactive fiction article in Volume 11, Issue 4 of Juiced.GS!), Geoff Weiss on ZFS (no monkeying around with this ape free file system!), Tony Diaz on 16 Sector (hardware available again–Sirius RAM cards and Focus drive controllers), lunch, more digitizing with Dr. Steve (audio this time), Tony and your host on Internet Anywhere (There’s Cell Phone Coverage) using a (possibly absolutely awful) phone, USB modem, and maybe a Cradlepoint router, and Sheppy programming Shepfari for the iPhone in less than 1/2 hour and a page worth of code. Friday night brings us the banquet and door prizes followed by an Apple Store run (Leawood store rocks! T shirts for KFest attendees!), Krispy KremeFest, and Independence Day RiffTrax style.

Saturday features announcements and demos from me, 8 Bit System and Reactive Micro (Little Control Panel, Double Seven, Little Expander Plus), Geoff Weiss (Hash Toolset update and MegaMemory memory tester), Ken Gagne and Russ Nielson reclassify Esprit de Apple Corps as freeware and Ken announces that Juiced.GS will continue on, Ken demos FaceBook including the Apple II Enthusiast group, your host wins HackFest with the Bitly CDA (barely) over Margaret’s Game Menu in HyperCard, we eat yet again, attend the vendor fair, head off to K.C. Masterpiece (Free WiFi!–well, from McDonald’s).

Finally, Sunday (or was it still Saturday–is it the next day if you don’t sleep?) was departure day; hope we can see you all at KansasFest in 2009 (no dates yet, but hopefully Rockhurst University will work things out with the committee soon). And much mahalo to Kirk for not only rooming with me for nine freaking long years but for finding my lost key!

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Written: Jul 30, 2008

KansasFest 2008 Wrap Up Show to be recorded this week

Maybe tomorrow. Maybe Wednesday. Not likely Tuesday.

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Written: Jul 27, 2008

KansasFest Eve… For Real

..and no podcast ::sigh::. I’m headed to Honolulu International Airport within the hour; will be podcasting from somewhere, soon, like before Friday.

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Written: Jul 21, 2008

KansasFest Eve^2

I am leaving for Kansas City on Monday night, so I’m going to give it the best shot I have to put out a show before I leave. I’m still working on getting my programming project done before I leave (I’m like 95% there!) so that’s a priority but I’ll see what I can do… here’s hoping!

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Written: Jul 20, 2008

Show 0013: KansasFest 2007 is a wrap

Welcome to Show 0013! Nibble Magazine‘s original domain is hijacked; go to instead. KansasFest 2007 is over. Some highlights–increased attendance; the new/old/long lost mix of attendees; Ryan’s weird bonding experience with Vespa riding Carrington of 1MHz included their podcast choices (Tiki Bar, MacBreak Weekly, and This Week in Tech) but not their haircuts–and folks, Carrington is not acting; HackFest; and all kinds of sessions. Some lowlights–Krispy KremeFest fails to deliver, Denny‘s is closed for the night, the dearth of new products, and one live episode of A2Unplugged going south. There is a new Sweet16 and a new SMS NDA for those wanting new products. Juiced.GS switches hands. A2Unplugged donated iWoz as a prize and also won some prizes, including the Chop Shop Apple II shirt donated by Sean Fahey of KansasFest 2008 scheduled is for July 22-27, 2008 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City–join us for 20 years of KansasFest.

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Written: Aug 7, 2007

No second live A2Unplugged from KansasFest 2007

Sorry, there were some technical difficulties with the recording of the show that resulted in material even too low quality for me. I hope to update the show notes for the two shows that need them tonight, however.

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Written: Jul 23, 2007

Show 0012: A2Unpl^Hugged Live from KFest 2007 part one

Welcome to Show 0012! We’re live at KansasFest 2007 with Vespa riding Carrington Vanston of 1MKHz(?) and Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS. Hear our panel discuss dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, bearded Ken Gagne (aka Fake Steve Jobs?), Dave Szetela, formerly of Nibble Magazine and his keynote address, Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd‘s ORCA session, learning soldering (maybe practicing on a Replica 1?), the Marinetti Open Source Project, the BBS: The Documentary, Spam: The Documentary, the iPhone (presented by Rob of Today in iPhone), the NadaNet, and an adventure at Radio Shack.

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Written: Jul 20, 2007

KansasFest 2007 Day Two

Day two of KansasFest 2007 included an iPhone demonstration, a session on getting started with ORCA, an update on the Marinetti Open Source Project, and a live recording of A2Unplugged with guest hosts Carrington Vanston of 1MHz! and Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS joining Ryan Suenaga live in front of the KansasFest Assembled.

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Written: Jul 19, 2007

KansasFest 2007 Day One

KansasFest 2007 started off with meals (including the annual KFest Kookout, with the work mostly being done by King of the Kooks Kirk Mitchell), included a brilliant keynote address by Dave Szetela, formerly of Nibble Magazine and Apple Computer, Inc., a session on soldering by Ed Eastman, pizza from Syndicomm and the Sheppys, and lots of visiting, running around, laughing, and staying up late.

Tomorrow, A2Unplugged (or A2Unpugged, depending on your typing), will have a live podcast from KansasFest 2007.

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Written: Jul 18, 2007