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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, February 17 on: February 13, 2019, 04:58:46 AM
Happy Valentine's Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, February 17, at
 
  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     This month we'll talk about the April Commodore Los Angeles Super Show (CLASS), the June Pacific Commodore Expo NW (PaCommEx), and the August Commodore Vegas Expo (CommVEx), plus the other general events, the Livermore Innovation Fair and the Bay Area Maker Faire, both in May.
     Because it is Valentine's Day, we will look at the C64 disk, "Love Letters 1: A Selection of Famous Love Letters for use on Wordwriter", by One Step Software and published by Green Valley Publishing, Inc..  The new Ultimate 64 (http://ultimate64.com) returns for further testing.  This is also the meeting where we try to catch up on those VIC-20, Plus/4, and Amiga items with which we ran out-of-time in previous meetings.
     If you have anything for Ray Carlsen to repair, give it to me, because around March 23 I'll be traveling (again) to his house in the Pacific NW.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN website cleaned up! on: February 10, 2019, 06:01:06 AM
     Thanks!  And thank you to webmaster Larry Anderson!

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
           June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
3  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Ultimate64 ordered! on: February 09, 2019, 07:30:24 AM
     At the FCUG meeting, the U64 was tested with a Koalapad and its Koalapainter cartridge.  The U64 failed!  It understood when the stylus was pressed against the tablet, but it would not move the cursor lower than midpoint down the screen.  Sad  More testing to be done...
     With the board fitted into a brown C64 case, I don't like that it's only supported by 3 screws.  Therefore, I have taken member Bogdan's advice and have ordered 3-D printed brackets which will firmly hold onto the U64.  I got them from CoreI64, specifically on this page -

https://corei64.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=65_66

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
     June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
4  Retro Culture / Retro Music / Quarterflash is retiring! on: February 07, 2019, 07:15:08 AM
     The band, Quarterflash, is having its last, official concert on March 23 in Portland, Oregon.  After 50+ years of making music as Seafood Mama and then Quarterflash, founding duo, Marv and Rindy Ross, want to pull back.  They assure their fans that they will still do small duets around the area but not big productions anymore.

          Having bought my ticket for the last concert,
          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommmodore.com/pacommex
5  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: February 07, 2019, 07:10:07 AM
I'm so encouraged by the improved ride (and seemingly improved braking) that I will gather more points at Autozone so I can get a $20 discount for a pair of front shock absorbers.
     I couldn't wait to gather points, so I went to Amazon.com, found the same shock absorbers (for a slightly cheaper price than the Autozone discounted ones), and ordered the shocks.  They should arrive by the 15th, and then I'll have them installed.

          Little by little,
          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
6  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: February 07, 2019, 01:01:44 AM
From LMCTruck.com, I order a couple of wheel caps, an owner's manual, a fender brace, and a glovebox screw.  $65!  That should arrive next week.  From Autozone, I ordered a pair of Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers...
     Wheel caps and rear shock absorbers installed.  The caps were relatively easy, but installation of the shock absorbers was out of my league... too many rust-frozen nuts and bolts on the old mounts of the old shocks.  I brought it to the nearby tire shop where they doused the nuts/bolts with rust penetrant and got an impact wrench on them.  With the new rear shocks on, the truck doesn't have the forward-and-backward pitching anymore.  I'm so encouraged by the improved ride (and seemingly improved braking) that I will gather more points at Autozone so I can get a $20 discount for a pair of front shock absorbers.

          Little by little,
          Robert Bernardo
          April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
7  Retro Computing / News and Events / Pics+video of the Jan. 5-6 Retro City Festival 2019 on: February 05, 2019, 05:14:42 AM
     On-line for your viewing enjoyment are pictures and a short video taken at the January Retro City Festival which was in Pomona (Los Angeles area), California.  The pictures are at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/01/retro-city-festival-2019-photos.html

and the video is at

https://youtu.be/5CKiZ4TLE70

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
     June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / SCCAN website cleaned up! on: January 27, 2019, 08:24:58 AM
     Today when I met with Larry Anderson, webmaster of Portcommodore.com, he fixed up the front page of the SCCAN website in order to give it a more cohesive look.  Check it out at http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

          And hinted how I can improve the Members' page,
          Robert Bernardo
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Pics of the Dec. 1 Downtown L.A. Maker Faire on: January 26, 2019, 08:43:29 AM
     Pictures of the Dec. 1 Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire 2018 can be found at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/01/pics-from-dec-1-downtown-la-maker-faire.html

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group -
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
     http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
10  Retro Computing / News and Events / Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2019 - June 8-9 on: January 24, 2019, 06:27:04 AM
     Too much Commodore and Amiga goodness! With the April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show being announced yesterday comes the formal announcement of the June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW (PaCommEx) at

The Living Computers: Museum + Labs
2245 1st Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134, USA

     As in the past 2 shows, PaCommEx will have plenty of Commodore and Amiga exhibits, presentations, and perhaps some juicy door prizes! And everything will be at the comfortable and friendly LCM+L. The website is now on-line at

http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex

and discussion is on the forum at

https://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=14

If you want to exhibit and/or present, just contact me!

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Pacific Commodore Expo NW
11  Retro Computing / News and Events / Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - April 27-28 on: January 23, 2019, 03:15:02 AM
First came the Commodore Vegas Expo (CommVEx), then the Pacific Commodore Expo NW (PaCommEx), and now for the third Commodore/Amiga show in the triumvirate -- the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show (CLASS)! We expand our Commodore/Amiga shows to the second largest city in the USA!

Just like CommVEx and PaCommEx, we'll have exhibits, presentations, raffles, food, and good ol' Commodore and Amiga camaraderie!

The April 27-28 CLASS is happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the very modern

Toolbox LA (https://toolbox.la)
9410 Owensmouth Ave.
Chatsworth, California 91311, USA

The CLASS website is now on-line at

http://www.portcommodore.com/class

and discussion of CLASS is in the shared forum area with CommVEx at

https://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=6

Watch the forum and the website for upcoming announcements and changes!

My thanks to the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and to the Fresno Commodore User Group for their support. It's been a long 2-year process to get CLASS going, but now all is coming to fruition.

Remember, go to CLASS!
Robert Bernardo
organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
12  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: January 18, 2019, 04:56:51 AM
     All wheels/tires have been replaced on the truck, and that includes the spare.  However, it still does a front "shimmy" when I brake.  I took it to Hewitt Alignment for an inspection, and they say that the front brakes will have to be redone.  At the end of the month, I plan to take the truck into Pep Boys for that.
     Moisture has gotten into the gas tank.  How do I know?  Well, when I was running the truck low on fuel, that bad gas was being scraped off the bottom of the tank and made for rough idling and a smelly exhaust.  Fresh gasoline would just sit on top of the bad gas (water being heavier than gasoline).  I haven't decided whether I should try and keep running the truck over time, hoping the bad gas is all used up, or whether I should have the gas tank dropped and the bad gas drained out.  The truck will definitely need a new gas cap to prevent moisture from getting in.
     From LMCTruck.com, I order a couple of wheel caps, an owner's manual, a fender brace, and a glovebox screw.  $65!  That should arrive next week.  From Autozone, I ordered a pair of Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers, and those should come in on Saturday.

          Little by little,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
13  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, March 9 on: January 16, 2019, 01:38:00 AM
     Here is the preliminary announcement for our next meeting at Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, January 20 on: January 15, 2019, 05:10:34 AM
Happy Martin Luther King Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, January 20 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     This month we'll talk about the very busy January 5-6 Retro City Festival and other upcoming events with Commodores and Amigas.
     The 64 Mini returns, and also the new Ultimate 64 (http://ultimate64.com) will be presented.  We'll throw a battery of game and productivity apps at the U64 to see how good its emulation/simulation is.  Speaking of productivity, in September 2018, it was the 20th anniversary of Wheels, the alternate operating system to GEOS, and so to honor that anniversary, we'll have a look at Wheels in control of GEOS apps (Roger, bring the club 1581 disk drive and 1351 mouse).
     In other software matters, for the C128 we'll try out the recently-updated C128 text adventure games, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Trinity, Bureaucracy, Beyond Zork, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos.  The VIC-20 that was supposed to be used at the Retro City Fest failed, and so, if Roger brings in his VIC-20, we'll try out the latest programs for that.  Also from the Retro City Fest comes the Plus/4 with the show's two popular games, Zombie Calavera and Digiloi.
     The Amiga 500 v8 makes its first appearance at our meeting, along with a bunch of the newest games and demos on disk.
     If you have anything for Ray Carlsen to repair, give it to me, because around March 23 I'll be traveling (again) to his house in the Pacific NW.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
15  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Ultimate64 ordered! on: January 12, 2019, 07:23:03 AM
     The Ultimate 64 arrived on Dec. 27, and I plan to show it at the SCCAN and FCUG (and maybe TOGA) meetings in January.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          The Other Group of Amigoids - http://togausergroup.org
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