Volume 20, Issue 3 (September 2015)

Volume 20, Issue 3 (September 2015)
2My Home PageAn Old Familiar SongKen GagneIt was a blast from the past when Giselle Marks brought her and late husband Stan's son Ian to his first KansasFest.
3-4RetrospectiveMartin Haye, Jeremy Rand, Kelvin Sherlock, Dennis Doms, Steve WeyhrichWhat was your favorite year to be an Apple II user? For Martin, 2010; Jeremy, 1995; Kelvin, 1991; Dennis, 1987; and Steve, 1981.
5-8Event coverageReturn to AppleQuinn DunkiWith Rebecca "Burger Becky" Heineman as keynote speaker, multiple platforms present, and the most attendees since 1996, this year's KansasFest was one for the record books.
9-11Behind the ScenesNoughts and CrisisCarrington Vanston, Quinn DunkiA live journal of how Carrington entered and won his first HackFest with Tic-Tac-Pro, a variation on tic-tac-toe.
12-15MusinGSScholastic SuccessKay SavetzAn interview with Amy Kefauver and Lorri Hopping, editors of Scholastic Microzine, the educational disk available by subscription only to grade schools and elementary schools from 1983 to 1991.
16-18Event coverageApple II fort et vertAntoine VignauComplete coverage of all seven days of the first Apple II Festival France.
19-21Tech-torialFields of DreamsIvan DruckerAn analysis of the fields and headers used in ProDOS file systems and structures.
22-23,27Apple MysteriesConnecting the PlotsMartin HayeA visit to old relatives and the library—and a surprise delivery—produce more clues and dangers for Colonel Hexings and Detective Pomme.
24-26DumplinGSThe Riches of KansasFestKen GagneThe KansasFest releases of MegaMemoryTester, Mindshadow GS, Structris for iOS, What's Where in the Apple PDF, WOZPAK hardcover, UltimateMicro hardware, UnForkIt, a mouse driver, WeeGUI, and A2Sudoku; Opus now available from Juiced.GS; Uthernet II preorders begin; System 6.0.2 and 6.0.3 now available; Dino Eggs and Raster Blaster see remakes and ports; Leadlight Gamma ported from Eamon to Inform; Brent Hunter's floppy drive maintenance guide; Ewen Wannop updates BrkDown; Andy McFadden updates CiderPress; Steve Jobs documentary, movie, and opera; Apple-1 auction.
27Random NumbersA Room with a IIEric ShepherdMoving into a new house, Eric Shepherd has set aside one room specifically for his Apple II and III collection.
28Wild ApplesLoren DamewoodGreetings from KansasFest 2015

Event Coverage: KansasFest 2015

An annual Apple II convention held at Rockhurst University in in Kansas City, Missouri.

RCR Episode #105
The Retro Computing Roundtable podcast hosted a dozen podcasters in a single episode recorded at KansasFest 2015.

HackFest 2015
A YouTube video playlist of all nine of this year’s HackFest programming competition entries.

Author Quinn Dunki’s programming blog.

Behind the Scenes: Tic-Tac-Pro

A repository of HackFest entries, including Carrington Vanston’s winning Tic-Tac-Pro game, a variation on tic-tac-toe.

MusinGS: Scholastic Microzine

Amy Kefauver
Homepage for Amy Kefauver, who worked at Microzine publisher Scholastic as an editor 1985–1988 and editorial director 1988–1990.

Lorri Hopping
Homepage for Lorri Hopping, editor at Scholastic Microzine.

A retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers. The audio of Kefauver’s and Hopping’s interviews will be a future episode.

Event Coverage: Apple II Festival France

Apple II Festival France
The inaugural seven-day conference for European Apple II users, held at Castera-Verduzan in Gers.

The Zapping Zone
Chris Marker’s interactive multimedia art of the late 1980s and early 1990s, made with seven Apple IIgs and thirteen monitors.


The world’s only print publication dedicated to the Apple II, with subscriptions now available for calendar year 2016.

Geoff Weiss’s Apple IIGS RAM test utility.

Dragon Words
Kelvin Sherlock’s CDA to play Rebecca Heineman’s Dragon Wars.

An emulator-ready disk image of the Apple IIGS version of Rebecca Heineman’s Mindshadow game.

Martin Haye’s public domain variation on Tetris, coming soon to iOS.

WOZPAK Special Edition
Steve Wozniak’s original Apple-1 and Apple II technical notes, now available in hardcover; an e-book edition is coming soon.

What’s Where in the Apple
Robert Tripp’s technical resource for the Apple II, coming soon in paperback, hardcover, and e-book editions.

Developers and vendors of no-slot clocks, RAM cards, TransWarp clones, and much more.

Speaker/headphone adapter for Apple II
Charles Mangin’s adapter to add a headphone jack to Apple II models that do not natively have one.

Ivan Drucker’s ProDOS 8 program that will convert extended (forked) files stored on a ProDOS volume, such as those created by GS/OS or classic Mac OS, into one or two standard files, allowing you to happily work with them in ProDOS 8.

Quinn Dunki’s open-source mouse driver.

Quinn Dunki’s open-source 8-bit GUI library.

Jeremy Rand’s HackFest 2015 game.

Opus ][
The complete products and source code of The Byte Works, now available from Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits.

Uthernet II
A new model of Ethernet networking card for the Apple II, from Glenn Jones of a2RetroSystems.

System 6.0.3
An unofficial update to Apple Inc.’s last official operating system for the Apple IIGS.

Dino Eggs Rebirth
David Schroeder’s sequel to his classic Apple II platform game.

Raster Blaster Reloaded
Wayne Johnson’s unofficial Mac/Windows/Linux/Android port of Bill Budge’s classic pinball game.

Leadlight Gamma
Wade Clarke’s Inform version of his award-winning Eamon survival-horror text adventure.

Ken Gagne’s podcast interview with Wade Clarke of Leadlight Gamma.

Cleaning an Apple Platinum 5.25″ Floppy Drive (A9M0107)
Brent Hunter’s guide to cleaning an Apple II floppy drive.

Ewen Wannop’s point-and-click desktop disassembler for both 8- and 16-bit files.

Andy McFadden’s open-source Windows utility for working with Apple II volumes, disk images, and files.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
Magnolia Pictures’ documentary of Apple’s co-founder, released September 5.

Steve Jobs
A dramatization of Steve Jobs’ life, starring Michael Fassbender, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, and with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; releases October 9.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
An opera of Steve Jobs’ life, debuting in 2017 at the San Francisco Opera.

Apple-1 auction
A working Apple-1 auctioned September 21, 2015, at Bonhams, as demonstrated by Corey Cohen of MARCH.