This isn’t a Hack per se, but I wanted to do a post about it here, because if you read my blog, then you should be atKFest. It’s pretty much the premiere annual event for retrocomputing enthusiasts. While it is focused on the Apple ][ (the computers that Apple made for a decade before “Macintosh” was a thing), there are people there of many different persuasions (even, gasp, Commodore!).
I wasn’t sure what to expect from KFest, but I’m here to tell you that what I found were some of the most epic hacks by the coolest people you can imagine. It was, in a word, amazeballs. I can’t hope to cover every incredible thing I saw and learned while there, but I hope to hit a few highlights.
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