I have to admit that about a week ago I started firing up my Apple //gs. Just a little diversion. It was nice to see that it booted first time and was nicely silent and fast thanks to my CFFA
(Compact Flash hard disk). It was nice to have it boot because some of my last Apple ][+ memories revolve around the question if it was going to boot today. (Loose socketed chips are a nightmare)
The day after A2 Unplugged
popped up with a new episode, I think it was the year end/upcoming year episode he does every year with people from the Apple 2 community. This got me thinking about all the stuff that has gone on over the last few years since I got back into this and just how much neat stuff and new people and new products are being created to keep our old machines going.
Then I hear about the new Java VM for the Apple 2. I too ask "Why" and think why would I put java on a 2 when the darn class files are larger than RAM? And then it hits me... Because I Can.
I get a twitter from @KansasFest
announcing registration is open - and it's cheaper if you sign up now by like $60...
So, last night rolls around. Another Saturday night and somehow I ended up out on ebay. Yeah, a mistake. Two instant buys later and four pending bids and I've got programming books, a //c, a broken //gs, TWO
full GS systems and an apple wrench in danger of being shipped to my house. What the hell was I thinking?
This morning at 3am I pull out the phone and look for airline tickets to Kansas City in July. Crap. They're cheap enough - under $300.
Today I ask KansasFest.org
what time I should fly in on July 20th and when should I fly out on July 25th if I were crazy enough to go.
I even told the ex that I'd be out of town that week (so she doesn't ship me the kid that week). I asked first so I win, right?
Dammit. I may have just run out of excuses. It looks like I'll have to go to KansasFest 2010