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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Nov. 19 on: November 14, 2017, 12:04:57 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 at --

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

On the hardware side, we'll get to see and use the new SD2IEC from RetroFun of England. After a 2-year absence, the Amiga 600 returns, fully repaired and sporting a new IDE-to-CF card drive. And straight from the October Amiwest Show, we'll look over the A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) laptop which runs AmiKit X, Amiga OS 4.1, and Windows 10.
     At our last meeting we ran out of time to try out the modernized game, Empire 128 - Enhanced; and the new C64 game, Galencia. We won't run out of time at this meeting! Speaking of England, we'll start going through the 20+ C64, Plus/4, and VIC-20 new game disks from the British company, BinaryZone.org. Some of the games are Planet Golf, Argus, The Sky Is Falling!, Sleepwalker, Platman Worlds, Shoot 'Em Up Destruction Set 4, Majesty of the Sprites, and Realms of Quest.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 18 on: November 12, 2017, 10:17:08 AM
Happy November, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

     Panera Bread Restaurant
     19662 Nordhoff Street
     Northridge, California
     (818) 407-9400

Not only will I have an Amiwest Show report, I'll bring an A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) laptop for everyone to try its AmiKit X, OS 4.1, and Windows 10 modes.  The Amiga 600 returns, this time with IDE-to-CF drive.  We'll look at plenty of new C64 game disks from BinaryZone.org (Mario, bring your C128 set-up!), in addition to VIC-20 and Plus/4 game disks (Richard, bring your switchable Plus/4 set-up!)
     As in September, I'll be distributing a carload of C= stuff, this time from C= user Rolf M. of Ventura.  Also, expect European gifts to be passed to all members (yay, early Christmas!).
     As always, bring any Commodore or Amiga items you wish to share!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
3  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Another Commodore giveaway? on: November 11, 2017, 11:08:15 AM
     If anybody needs a Blizzard 1200/4 (4 meg ram expansion plus FPU), let me know.

          One week to the SCCAN meeting,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
4  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: November 05, 2017, 01:15:40 AM
     Due to upgrading the house with new doors, windows, and security, work on the cars has slowed down to a crawl.  However, the smog pump in the Crown Vic, which had been rattling for last few hundred miles, finally froze solid, destroying a belt in the process.  I brought the car into Mooney Shell for what should have been a straight-forward replacement (no more AutoZone smog pumps which don't last too long).  However, the rebuilt smog pump that was installed made the same failing noises that the older one did.  Sad  The car goes back on Monday for another try at getting a good smog pump.

          The Colony Park and Ranchero standing forlorn,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
5  Retro Computing / Others / Coleco on: November 04, 2017, 01:46:24 AM
     I've had a chance in the past to own a Coleco Adam, but I've never jumped at it, because it was such a clunky computer.  No doubts about the Colecovision game console.  It was supposed to be better than the Atari 2600, and that's why my father purchased one for us kids many years ago.  That Colecovision survives, though, its power switch needs work.
     Duncan M. gifted me with another Colecovision in nice condition with mods, like the composite video mod (yay!) and an internal, modern power supply (no more p.s. brick to worry about).  I asked about the cream-colored joysticks accompanying the black console.  He said that at the very end Coleco was using Adam joysticks to fill the console orders.  Interesting trivia!

          Truly.
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  Retro Computing / Sinclair / Re: Oops, Timex ZX81 rediscovered! on: November 01, 2017, 09:28:12 AM
Perhaps I'll rediscover it again in a few years.  Smiley
     I did find it again.  It had a huge layer of dust over it, and I cleaned it up.  Then I brought to this year's Amiwest Show, where I used it as a doorstop.
Two Amiwest attendees told me how they first learned on the Timex, and another told me that it was a Timex 1000, not to be confused with the ZX81.  The 1000 had 2K of RAM, whereas the ZX81 had 1K of RAM.

          Must bring to another show to be used as a doorstop,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://videocam.net.au/fcug
7  Retro Computing / Atari 8 bit computers / Re: Getting an Atari 800XL on: November 01, 2017, 09:12:05 AM
I went for the what I perceived to be the best prize on the table - an Atari 800XL.  Not another one!
    Friend Duncan M. took the A800XL, obtained a p.s., the necessary cables and disk drive, and handed it back to me.  Now it is ready to go!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: A.L.I.C.E. laptop on: October 26, 2017, 09:46:06 PM
 Smiley  My photos of unboxing A.L.I.C.E. are at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2017/10/unboxing-alice-laptop-incorporating.html

     Written and posted using A.L.I.C.E.,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
9  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: A.L.I.C.E. laptop on: October 25, 2017, 08:22:04 AM
With the announcement of the A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) being offered for sale at this year's Amiwest Show, I plan to buy it!
     Done!  I bought an A.L.I.C.E. on Sunday at the Amiwest Show.  I will bring it to the next SCCAN meeting.

          Back in California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
10  Retro Computing / News and Events / Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - Aug. 11-12 on: October 21, 2017, 03:18:20 AM
     Contract signed, and deposit made.  The Commodore Vegas Expo (CommVEx) v14 2018 is coming to the Plaza Hotel, 1 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on August 11-12.  Start making your plans!  Smiley

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Vegas Expo v14
          CommVEx forum - http://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=6
11  Retro Computing / News and Events / FCUG "picnic" lunch - Sunday, Oct. 15 on: October 02, 2017, 02:08:23 PM
Greetings from Europe, C= and Ami aficionados!
     As has been the tradition for years, the Fresno Commodore User Group has its annual "picnic" lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.  This time lunch will be at

     Dave and Buster's Restaurant
     212 East River Park Circle (Friant Road and Highway 99)
     Fresno, CA 93270

As has been the tradition, bring your family and friends; the club will pay for the lunch.
     Expect European gifts to be distributed!

          Writing from Prague, the Czech Republic,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
12  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Another Commodore giveaway? on: September 30, 2017, 08:03:10 PM
     Just like at our September meeting where I distributed a station wagon full of Commodore equipment from a former user, I'm in contact with another who may have a basement full of C= stuff (I've seen that full basement but that was 12 or more years ago!).  So, just as there was Christmas in September for SCCAN, we may have another Christmas for the November meeting!  Smiley

          Writing from Prague, the Czech Republic,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
13  General Category / General Discussion / Joining the Retro-Link forum on: September 25, 2017, 12:48:48 AM
Hello, everybody,
     Those that want to join the forum should send me an e-mail to rbernardo(at)iglou.com  Then I can let you in.

          Writing from Stockholm, Sweden,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / A.L.I.C.E. laptop on: September 20, 2017, 11:31:17 AM
     With the announcement of the A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) being offered for sale at this year's Amiwest Show, I plan to buy it!  Look for it at future meeting!

          Writing from Crawley, England,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: September 17, 2017, 04:50:00 AM
I wrote:

● "Maker Faire Bergstrasse" creativity festival - 16./17. September 2017 - Bensheim, Germany (https://maker-faire.de)

     Aw, no Mega65 here at Maker Faire Bergstrasse.

          Having spent 5 hours at the Saturday show,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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