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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / FCUG picnic lunch - Sunday, October 21 on: Today at 01:35:01 AM
Happy Halloween, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next annual picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, October 21 at  --

     The Elbow Room
     731 W. San Jose Ave.
     Fresno, Calfornia  93704
     (559) 227-1234
     http://www.elbowroomfresno.com

Treasurer Dick Estel says that we "should be able to have a quiet table there on a Sunday. They have a brunch 9 to 2. Of course, we can order from the menu also."
     Because it is our picnic lunch, all club members and their families will have their meal paid by the club.  We'll talk (not necessarily about computers), we'll eat, and we'll enjoy ourselves!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
2  Retro Computing / News and Events / Amiwest Show 2018 - Oct. 13-14 on: October 12, 2018, 09:47:48 PM
     Get into gear with this year's Amiwest Show happening Oct. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2265 Auburn Boulevard, in Sacramento, California, USA. See all the details at

http://www.amiwest.net/

For the first time, the Amiwest Show will have Commodore 8-bit content! The Developers' Conference is on right now, but the show is on Saturday and Sunday.

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Photos and videos from CommVEx 2018 on: October 07, 2018, 06:43:09 PM
     I was wrong.  The last, last CommVEx 2018 photos are now posted at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/10/the-last-last-photos-from-commvex-2018.html

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
4  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: October 03, 2018, 11:30:59 AM
I'll be in Stockton soon, get the wheels out, get the new Sears tires which had been in storage, bring the wheels and tires to the nearby tire shop for mounting and balancing, bring them back to the truck, jack up the truck, and place them on the truck with new, chrome wheel nuts from Pep Boys.
    Well, a change in plans.  The nearby tire shop mounted the wheel/tires, but they couldn't balance them, due to not having the correct center fitting for my type of wheel.  So, I had to go to Hewitt Alignment a few blocks away, and they balanced them.
     The tire/wheel combo weighed 65 pounds and hoisting each onto the truck was not easy.  Also my aftermarket hydraulic jack did not lift the truck high enough (I needed 1/2 an inch more!), so I had to buy another jack which lifted higher.
     After much time, they were installed.  And the chrome lug nuts did not come from Pep Boys (they didn't have 9/16 x 18 RH ones).  I had to order those from SummitRacing.com

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The day after the wheel/tires are installed, I plan to take the truck to the local muffler shop and have some damage to the right rear tailpipe repaired.  Then if there is time, it's off to the welding shop to have a support bracket rewelded to the truck bed and to patch a hole in the truck bed.
    Nope, I couldn't do that.  When I tried to start the truck, the starter rattled... a tell-tale sign that the battery was dead.  I hooked up some jumper cables to it and tried again.  No start.  I surmised that the gas tank was empty (fuel gauge does not work).  In all these months, the little gas that was in the truck may have evaporated.  Off to Auto Zone to buy a gas can.  Off to the gas station to fill up the little can.  Then back to the truck.  Repeat and repeat.  Finally, after 4 gallons in the tank, the truck still wouldn't start (jumper cables still attached).  O.K., open the hood, remove the air cleaner cover, pour a tiny bit of gas down the carburetor throat, and then try to start.  Success!  The truck first hiccuped a bit through the carb throat, but then it caught.  Yeah!  I warmed it up for about 10 minutes and removed the jumper cables.
     But because of the questionable battery, I dared not shut off the engine.  I drove the truck to the nearby gas station, put a few more gallons of gas in the tank (engine running), and then drove the truck a couple of miles.  The next day I tried to restart the truck.  No go.  Ack!  That battery!  I hooked up the battery charger to it and slow-charged it for 12 hours.  Then I brought it to O'Reilly's for a load test.  Yeah, it was no good.
     Having a conventional battery in a truck that sits for weeks or months (without trickle-charging) kills such a battery.  I'll have to take the next step up and get a more expensive AGM battery (which can withstand long periods of storage).  Since I'm leaving for Oregon tomorrow (in the Crown Vic), I plan to buy it there -- no sales tax!  I just have to decide whether to buy from O'Reilly's (which has a gift card incentive), Auto Zone, or Sears (the highly-rated Advanced Gold AGM which is the most expensive of the three, but with customer points given).

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / VCF East 2014 photos... now they are posted! on: September 29, 2018, 12:26:06 AM
     It's been quite awhile.  Hidden in the dark recesses of the website, the page lay there, forlorn and forgotten.  But not anymore!  The page of the Vintage Computer Festival 9.1 2014 is now active, with its 38 photos.  Hark back to a more innocent time!  Reminisce about 2014!  Go to

http://www.dickestel.com/vinteast14.htm

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Photos and videos from CommVEx 2018 on: September 25, 2018, 12:45:45 AM
     I believe these are the last CommVEx 2018 photos to be posted. Go to

http://www.dickestel.com/commvex18.htm

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / SCCAN at Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! on: September 24, 2018, 11:04:00 PM
(This announcement was placed at the SCCAN website.)

Visit us at the Downtown L.A. Maker Faire!

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire is happening again, and SCCAN will have Commodore and Amiga computers for fairgoers to use! Visit us at the tables of the Classic Los Angeles Computers! (CLAC!). For more information on DTLA Maker Faire, see

http://dtla.makerfaire.com/

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, November 17 on: September 24, 2018, 11:00:52 PM
     Due to the SC3 Arcade Party happening on November 10, our SCCAN meeting has been moved to Saturday, November 17.

         Tentatively speaking,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 22 on: September 18, 2018, 07:11:18 AM
Happy Beginning of Fall, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, September 22, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     I'll be coming in with maybe the last of Rolf M.'s hardware he is giving away - Commodore odds and ends and a 1702 monitor.
     Discussion will center around the October 11-14 Amiwest Show and the December 2 Downtown L.A. Maker Faire. Also I'll report on the Commodore Vegas Expo held back in August.
     At the upcoming meeting, we may have two Amiga Video Toaster systems to look through! I'll bring in the Amiga CD32 system used at CommVEx. Also there will be two SuperCPU 128's, one fully working and one not working. Perhaps you guys can diagnose the non-working one. Smiley With the working SCPU, we can play around with the 3D Construction Kit and some SuperCPU'ized games, the 3D Demo Kit game and A Chance in Hell.
As always, bring in any Commodore/Amiga hardware and/or software you wish to share!

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
10  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: September 14, 2018, 02:32:15 AM
     The old Chevy has not been used since last September.  However, I have plans to get it going again!  A few weeks ago I installed new rear brake light lenses, the chromy ones instead of the standard ones!  Picture a beat-up truck with new shiny parts on the rear!  Wink  In a few days, I'll finally install two 16-inch wheels with new tires.  These are the wheels that I bought from the junkyard some time ago.  When in Stockton, I would spend time getting them ready - first a wash, then a sanding, then a wash again, then Rustoleum primer paint, then clear-coat paint.  This process was slow, because I was in Stockton only a few days at a time, and I could not follow up right away.
     But now the wheels are ready!  I'll be in Stockton soon, get the wheels out, get the new Sears tires which had been in storage, bring the wheels and tires to the nearby tire shop for mounting and balancing, bring them back to the truck, jack up the truck, and place them on the truck with new, chrome wheel nuts from Pep Boys.  The wheels are silver, and with the new wheel nuts, they should be quite noticeable on the old truck!  Old truck... newish parts hanging off of it!

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

P.S. The day after the wheel/tires are installed, I plan to take the truck to the local muffler shop and have some damage to the right rear tailpipe repaired.  Then if there is time, it's off to the welding shop to have a support bracket rewelded to the truck bed and to patch a hole in the truck bed.
11  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: 1972 Ford Ranchero! on: September 14, 2018, 02:16:07 AM
     OMG!  I spent over 7 hours spread over 2 days in order to shine up a brass license plate frame on the rear of the Ranchero!  I now feel how it was for my automotive ancestors who had to shine up the brass on their antique cars of the 1900's to the 1930's!
     The license plate and its frame had received no care from me or from the car's former owner in years.  I decided that I should disassemble everything and give everything a good cleaning before reattaching and putting on the new registration sticker.  Removing the assembly from the rear bumper was relatively easy.  I separated the frame, plate, and bolts/nuts and washed everything.  Then I tried metal polish on the thick brass frame.  After a lot of rubbing and a couple of hours, I had only progress a little bit.  Hmm, there had to be a faster way to do this!  I had no buffer/polishing wheel, but I had Tarn-X tarnish remover.  I remembered that when I was little I used it to shine up a copper penny, and lately as an adult, I had used it to shine up some door hardware.  Though the bottle specifically said not to use it with brass, I tried it anyway.  With a cotton swab, I applied the Tarn-X liquid to the front surface of the frame.  The rotten egg smell that it gave off as it contacted the tarnish meant that it was working.  The bottle said not to leave it on for more than 2 minutes, and afterwards to rinse it off with water.  Done.  Hmm, slight effect.  Time for several applications.  Over and over, I followed the same process, except with each time, I left it in contact for longer and longer periods of time.
     Finally, after 2 hours of this, I rinsed it off, dried the frame, and tried the metal polish.  The Tarn-X had dissolved some tarnish and weakened the leftover tarnish, making it easier to remove the tarnish with the polish.  What a trick!  I hand-buffed the brass frame to a high luster and then turned my attention to the license plate.  I removed the old registration stickers by slitting them with an X-Acto knife and pulling off the pieces.  I then weakened the glue residue on the plate by using paint thinner and then rubbing off the residue.  I washed the plate again and gave it coat of car wax before affixing the new registration sticker.  For the bolts, nuts, and washers, I immersed them in Tarn-X.  After 1/2 hour, I rinsed them, let them dry, and then steel-wooled the top of the bolts.  They were a dull black which would not match the brass frame.  To make them match, I painted the top of the bolts with some gold leaf paint I had for another project.  Then I let the bolts dry.
     I reassembled everything back on Ranchero.  Wow, a bit of bling on the old car!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
12  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, September 16 on: September 12, 2018, 03:47:13 AM
Happy end of summer, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, September 16 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 Oct. 13-14 Amiwest Show in Sacramento and the Dec. 2 Downtown L.A. Maker Faire. Then it's time to hark back a few months when we watch the video of the CBM engineers' panel discussion at The Commodore Story movie premiere which was at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
     Like last month's meeting, we'll have the SuperCPU 128 to use with the 3D Construction Kit game, A Chance in Hell. Unlike last month, we'll use SCPU 128 v.1A instead of the SCPU 128 v.1B, the latter not working at the August meeting (ooo, running A Chance in Hell at 1 MHz. took a looong time!). Steven Flanagan, author of A Chance in Hell, just sent over v1.1 of his game which is now further bug-fixed and enhanced for the SCPU. Steven also sent the 3D Kit Game, the original demo game which came with 3DCK but which he has enhanced for the SCPU.
     Like last month's meeting, we'll look over arguably the best C64 CAD program, the German Giga-CAD Plus. Unlike last month, this time we'll have Giga-CAD Plus itself modded with SuperCPU patches and with a printed, Google English translation of the manual (that took many hours per day to drop it into the translator and then drop the translation into a Word file with proper formatting). V.P. Roger has been working hard on learning the intricacies of Giga-CAD, likening it to an early version of Blender. And don't worry... I'm slowly working on cleaning up the Google English of translation into that of North American English. Smiley
     For fun, we'll have the new VIC-20 games, Spikes, Defense Shield, Alien Invasion, and Cavern Explorer. Also we'll play around with games for the Amiga CD32.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Video from The Commodore Story premiere night on: September 09, 2018, 06:13:21 AM
     Video from the premiere night of The Commodore Story is now available! See Leonard Tramiel and CBM/Amiga engineers Hedley Davis, Ron Nicholson, and Bil Herd in a panel discussion from that night! Go to

https://youtu.be/ta2rL6brXmI

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Video and photos from the Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 on: September 08, 2018, 07:10:22 AM
    More video(s) from the Pacific Commodore Expo 2018... this time it is Mike Hill and the Amiga 1000 Rejuvenator. You can see Mike's video of his talk at

    https://youtu.be/6rZ1Dkp3H7A

    or you can see the MIke Hill / Robert Bernardo video of the same talk at

    https://youtu.be/HKoQUKR4Cb0

    Finally, Mike Hill has posted his version of the Amiga 1000 Kickstart mods (see the Bernardo-filmed version above in the thread). Hill's video is at

    https://youtu.be/rQNU6f_fhzw

    Truly,
    Robert Bernardo
    Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
    Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Photos and videos from CommVEx 2018 on: September 01, 2018, 04:38:11 AM
     One more for the ages...! It is

Bernardo and the SuperCPU and the 3D Construction Kit

https://youtu.be/Ga90Zxyu2PM

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