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1  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
2  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
3  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 18 on: September 13, 2017, 11:34:21 AM
     Here's the preliminary announcement for our next meeting - Saturday, November 18, 2 - 5 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
4  General Category / Off Topic / Disaster relief for Texas on: September 08, 2017, 07:36:21 AM
     For those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, I've made my donations through my church (Catholic Charities) and through Dollar Tree stores (Red Cross).  I'll make more donations in October.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Sept. 10 on: September 06, 2017, 10:04:48 AM
Happy, hot September, C= amd Ami comrades!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept 10 at  --

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

Note that the meeting this month is on the second Sunday instead of the third Sunday.
     For discussion we'll talk about the October 21-22 Sacramento Amiwest Show again.  On the hardware side, the Educator 64 makes the rounds from the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network meeting to our meeting. If it gets here in time, we'll examine the new Vampire 500-to-Amiga 2000 CPU slot adapter board from Paul "Acill" Resendes.
     In applications we'll check out the VIC Music Composer for the VIC-20, a bunch of BASIC extensions for the VIC-20, C64, Plus/4, and C128, a modernized game, Empire 128 - Enhanced; and a new C64 game, Galencia.
     Finally, this is your last chance to tell me if you need any C=/Ami goodies from Europe!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: September 04, 2017, 06:58:40 AM
     Here's another short presentation on the Final Expansion 3 for the VIC-20 --

Bernardo and the Final Expansion 3

https://youtu.be/0v0uNSn_T64

          One more video and one more photo collection to go,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, September 9 on: September 03, 2017, 04:46:45 AM
Happy September, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     I'll summarize my thoughts on the July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo (big thanks to the SCCAN members who came in force to CommVEx!), and we'll talk about the upcoming Amiwest Show on October 21-22 in Sacramento.
     In addition to the usual Amiga 1200, Plus/4, and VIC-20, there will be the Educator 64, last seen at the June Pacific Commodore Expo (no AmigaOne G4 this time in order to make room for the E64).  If I can dig it out, there will be the Vampire 500 (still not installed in any machine, though I'm leaning toward the Amiga 2000).
     Have your Commodore/Amiga orders ready, because I'm going to Europe and can bring back small/medium-sized C=/Ami items in my suitcases.  Closer to home, I'll be distributing a carload of C= stuff from former user Tim of Idylwild.
     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
8  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: September 03, 2017, 04:05:16 AM
     The first photos from this year's CommVEx are ready.  Go to

http://blog.retro-link.com/2017/09/marios-photos-of-commvex-v13-2017.html

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: August 29, 2017, 11:32:24 AM
     Here are a couple more videos --

Nelson and the AmigaOne X5000

https://youtu.be/j6r5VnTe3RU

Luppi, the C64/128 FM Radio Module, and AudioEx v2

https://youtu.be/vOcOPM0BXpE

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
10  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, September 9 on: August 24, 2017, 10:12:36 PM
     To which 1541's are you referring?  If you are referring to those from Las Vegas, no word on the transfer of those to California.  However, the Fresno Commodore User Group has 1541's in storage.

          Writing from Portland, Oregon,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
11  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: August 17, 2017, 11:48:24 AM
The steering is still too light, due to a problem with the steering gearbox; a replacement plus installation would have an estimated cost of $425 to $475.
     I took the truck to Hewitt Alignment today, and they removed the old steering gearbox, flushed the steering system, installed a rebuilt gearbox (adequate but not perfect... the other rebuilts they tested were no good), aligned the front wheels, and lubed all the fittings.  Total cost - $451.  Now the truck has steering feel!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

P.S. I got an estimate on installing a modern CD/radio in the truck from Autosound Warehouse.  New Pioneer 6900 with two 6 x 9 speaker boxes (for placement in the rear corners of the cab... I don't want to cut into the doors), and a couple of 6 x 9 speakers - estimated $400. (Ouch!)  Right now it's cheaper to get some new taillight lenses and a emergency brake pedal pad from LMCTruck.com  Smiley
12  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, August 20 on: August 16, 2017, 11:29:19 AM
Happy, hot August nights, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 20 at  --

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

     For discussion the topic is the July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo; we'll go over how the show went.  And there will be CommVEx goodies to give away!  We'll also talk about the October 21-22 Amiwest Show in Sacramento.
     On the hardware side, we'll examine the recently acquired Commodore PC20-III which came from the Sacramento Amiga Computer Club, the host for Amiwest.
     In software, we'll play around with the C64 Forever 2017 CD and the Amiga Forever 2017 DVD's.  We'll also have fun with the competition game of CommVEx, the classic C64 game, "Ringside Boxing", from the 1988 special issue of Compute!'s Gazette.  At the July meeting we were so busy with testing out member David's C64 system that we didn't get to many of that month's software presentations; those remaining are the VIC-20 Meteor Wave, VIChaos, and VIC-20 Doom; the Plus/4 Botticelli Bilderdisk 42 art disk; and the C64/C128 plus SuperCPU -- RAY, Wolfenstein 3D, and Doom.  Let's see how many we can get to this time.
     I'll be seeing C= repair tech Ray Carlsen in a few days; if you need anything repaired, give it to me and I'll give it to Ray.  Finally, for those members who attend the meeting, start thinking about what you want from Europe!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
13  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: August 14, 2017, 10:05:00 AM
...I connected that can to the low-pressure side of the (station wagon's) a.c. system, read the pressure readings, and began the process of charging the system.  One can did it!  Previous pressure had been down to an unacceptable 28 p.s.i.; now it was up to a good 44 p.s.i...
     Today was the Crown Vic sedan's turn.  A couple of days ago I discovered that the a.c. was not blowing cold air as well as before.  Today armed with an 18 oz. can of R-134, I dug under the hood.  I couldn't understand how the a.c. system had lost its freon in the relatively short time span since it blew its hose and had been recharged.  Looking around the fittings, I discovered an oily patch around the high-pressure inlet.  It had loosened to only being finger-tight!  So, I wrenched it a bit tighter to about 5-7 footpounds (don't want to overstress its o-ring).  Then I measured the system pressure with the engine running and the a.c. at max.  The compressor was cycling on and off between 25 and 52 p.s.i. (between undercharge and overcharge levels).  As soon as the new freon started pumping in, the readings leveled out to 30 p.s.i., still undercharged.  Patiently, I continued the process, and the freon pressure topped out at 39 p.s.i., adequate for the system.  Success... the a.c. was now blowing out cold air.  And I had about 2 ounces left in the freon can.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
14  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: August 10, 2017, 01:50:10 PM
     Heh, I'm slow at reporting this, but others have already discovered the latest one uploaded --

Leonard Tramiel Greets Those at CommVEx 2017

https://youtu.be/zNGEd7QbLjI

          Back in California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: August 07, 2017, 05:14:02 AM
     Though the photos are not ready (but will come soon), some videos from the Commodore Vegas Expo 2017 have been uploaded.  They are:

A Look Around the CommVEx Room on Friday night

https://youtu.be/Yw5WkWQS40E

Leigh L. Klotz and LOGO for Commodore

https://youtu.be/mr_vpGDqVQs

Van Pelt and updated C64 games

https://youtu.be/MLORvV20O5k

          Enjoy,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
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