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1  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / SCCAN at the Retro City Festival - Jan. 5-6 on: December 09, 2018, 08:41:29 PM
Greetings, C= and Ami comrades!

The Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network will have three tables at the second annual Retro City Festival, taking place January 5-6, 2019 at the famous Fairplex, Expo Hall 9, 1101 W McKinley Ave. in Pomona, California (east of Los Angeles).

We'll have various Commodore and Amiga computers for everyone to see and enjoy. Our three tables will be next to the Console Museum. Think of the Fest as a bigger Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire!  Set-up times are Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4, though we'll only need Friday to set up.

http://retrocityfestival.com

Show dates:
January 5th, 2019 (9am - 8pm)
January 6th, 2019 (10am - 5pm)

Here is an excerpt from the Retro City Fest page --

"Retro City Festival is an annual celebration dedicated to the history of video games, arcades and pinball. Come experience classic arcades, pinball, tournaments, a console play area, interactive museum, live music and more! We showcase the largest collection of vintage video game consoles in all of California!

Retro City Festival aims to be a family-friendly event and welcomes attendees of all ages. Kids ages 10 and under even get in FREE! If you have any children under 10 who would like to attend, just bring them with you on the day of the event to check in with your paid general admission and they will be given a free pass for entry."

For tickets, go to the above website link. A weekend pass is $35 plus fee, a Saturday-only pass is $25 plus fee, and a Sunday-only pass is $20 + fee. Fairplex parking is a separate fee (estimated $15 per day).

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN at Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! on: December 04, 2018, 08:51:52 AM
     Big success!  Our tables were visited by dozens and dozens and dozens of parents, children, couples, and other interested people!  They wanted to play with machines and talk about the computers.  The librarians seemed very pleased that our tables had attracted a crowd.  I'll write them a thank you message.
     Thanks to the librarians and the middle school/high school volunteers who helped me move equipment from my station wagon in the morning and then back to the car in the afternoon.  Thanks to Jerold Kress who shared the tables with me and demonstrated his C64 with Cynthcart to the excited crowd, and thanks to SCCAN member Mario L. for bringing in the SCCAN flyers and hanging around to help for awhile.
     Photos to come!

         Planning for a return next year,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Photos from the Nov. 10 SC3 Arcade Party on: December 01, 2018, 11:45:47 AM
     Take a look at the pics at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/11/pictures-from-nov-10-sc3-arcade-party.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  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN at Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! on: November 29, 2018, 05:04:20 AM
     Set-up time for Maker Faire is 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the official hours are from 10 to 4.  We are Exhibit #21 and have two tables in a meeting room.  Hardware is changing.  Now it will be a C64, an Amiga 2000, a C128, a VIC-20, and an Atari 800 (!).

          Dec. 1 Downtown L.A. Maker Faire!
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, December 2 ! on: November 28, 2018, 07:30:39 AM
Merry Christmas shopping, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, December 2 at  --

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

Note the changed meeting date.
     This month I'll report on Dec. 1 Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire and talk more about the January 5-6 Retro City Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona.  We'll have officer elections and the vote for our annual charity donation.
     Member David may be presenting his 64 Mini, so we will have a chance to play those games that come pre-loaded in that device.  Other than that, the theme is... Christmas!  We'll be trying out a bunch of C64 Christmas games -- Father Christmas, Santa's Christmas Caper, Special Delivery-Santa's Christmas Chaos, Frosty the Snowman 2, Frosty the Snowman 2 Turbo, Santa's Boulder Dash Party, Bah Humbug!, Santa Clues, and more.  Also we'll have Wolfenstein 3D (o.k., that's not Christmas!) for the SuperCPU.  Don't worry if those games won't run on our club NTSC C128, because I'll bring a PAL C64.  For the VIC-20, we'll have a Christmas demo or two,
     The Amiga CD32 returns with the many discs that we haven't tried, and the Amiga 2000 returns, too.
     If you have anything for Ray Carlsen to repair, give it to me, because on Dec. 12 I'll be traveling up to his house in the Pacific NW.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / SCCAN flyer on: November 28, 2018, 04:08:29 AM
Hey, everybody,
     Check out the new flyer for the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network!

https://portcommodore.com/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=sccan:contact_us

     Flyer designed by members Jenna and Wren.

          Looking into placing the flyer in a better spot,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN at Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! on: November 24, 2018, 11:59:15 PM
     Just one week to go! Join us at the Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! We'll have a couple of C64's, an Amiga 2000 (Blizzard '060 50 MHz., 2 meg Chip RAM, 64 megs Fast RAM, 4 gig hard drive), and a C128 plus more at the exhibit. Use the computers to your heart's content!

     Downtown L.A. Maker Faire!
     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, January 12 on: November 20, 2018, 08:44:15 AM
Hi, SCCANers!
    Set this date for the our next meeting!

         Speaking for SCCAN,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, November 18 on: November 15, 2018, 07:23:20 AM
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, November 18 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 Dec. 1 Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire and the new-to-us January 5-6 Retro City Festival in Pomona.  Our sister club, the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network, will be showing off Commodores and Amigas at both events. We'll also talk about the new GEOS Megapatch 3.3, PLATOterm, the 64 Mini incompatibilities, and the Ultimate 64 delays.  For your viewing entertainment, we'll watch a few choice minutes from the banquet presentations of the October Amiwest Show.
     At the September meeting, we played around with the 3D Construction Kit games, A Chance in Hell and the 3D Kit Game, though we didn't devote enough time to the latter.  Well, Steven Flanagan has updated the 3D Kit Game so that the upper corners of the game are more visible (the former SuperCPU version of it had the corners obscured).  So, we will try out this new version with the SCPU... but Steven warns us that the game is much harder that A Chance in Hell.  Smiley
     On the rest of the software front, we'll have new/updated/compiled programs: VIC-20 ? Chinese Patience, Morse, Innuh's Pyramid; C64 ? Shadow Switcher, Great Giana Sisters 30th Anniversary, Scuttlebutt-Behind Enema Lines, Knightlore, Tower of Rubble 64, Hibernated 1-This Place Is Death, Limbo Preview; Plus/4 ? Neon Nights HFLI, Cross Chase, Zombie Calavera Prologue; Amiga CD32 ? various CD32 compilation discs.
     If you have anything for Ray Carlsen to repair, give it to me, because I'll soon be traveling up to his house in the Pacific NW.

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

P.S. Food for thought.  In our December meeting, we always donate money from our treasury to a charitable cause.  For the last several years, it has been to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.  However, this year with the disastrous fires in California, we should think about donating to help those affected by the fires.
10  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, November 17 on: November 14, 2018, 04:57:29 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, November 17, from 10 to 1+ p.m. at

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

Note the earlier meeting time, because I have to be at the orientation for the Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire later in the day.
     Speaking of the Dec. 1 DTLA Maker Faire, we will be discussing what hardware and software to show off at our table there.  Also we will be discussing our two tables that we'll have at the second annual Retro City Festival happening on January 5-6!  http://retrocityfestival.com/ Thanks to Jason for getting us into that festival in Pomona!
     In the previous meeting, there was talk of bringing in a Pi1541 for us to see, so if you have it ready, let us see it!  Mario will be bringing back my A2000 that was last seen at CommVEx; we'll have the use of that.  And if I can persuade Mario, he may bring along the disk(s) of the newly-released Barbarian Plus (see http://www.indieretronews.com/2018/07/barbarian-enhanced-upcoming-amiga.html) As usual, I'll have a SX-64 (newly refurbished by Ray Carlsen), VIC-20, and Plus 4.
     As always, bring in any Commodore/Amiga hardware and/or software you wish to share!

         Speaking for SCCAN,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
11  Retro Computing / News and Events / Kanet updates GEOS Megapatch, geoDOS 64, GeoConvert on: November 09, 2018, 02:20:00 AM
=========== Forwarded message =============
(from "nonefornow" at the c-128.freeforums.net site)

Markus Kanet has updated the GEOS MegaPatch program.  A D81 containing the upgrade files for both C64 and C128 is available here.

https://gitlab.com/mkslack/Area6510/tree/master/releases/megapatch64_128

He also has made available the source code here

https://gitlab.com/mkslack/Area6510/tree/master/doc/megapatch64_128/current

Here below I am reporting his complete announcement.

"Hi there!

It has been a while... but after nearly 20 years a new release for GEOS MegaPatch V3.3 is available for download!

GEOS MegaPatch V3 is a system upgrade for GEOS 2.x. It supports many hardware devices like 1541,71,81, CMD FD,HD,RL, and as a new feature since the last release from 2003: Support for SD2IEC devices with NativeMode disk images up to 16Mb. Also additional SuperRAM drives up to 16Mb are possible (if you have Hardware like Ultimate64... or VICE).

MP3 also supports many RAM expansions like C=REU, GEORAM, RAMLink or RAMCard. It has a TaskManager which allows up to 8 Tasks active at the same time. You can switch between many applications using C=+CTRL (or using GEOS.TaskMSE and left+right mouse button). Requires lots of RAM!

I have tested this release with GEOS 2.0-US and GEOS 2.0r-US(GEORAM). On GEOS128 only GEOS 2.0(with C=REU) has been tested.

Note that this release does not include a DESKTOP manager. You need a DESKTOP application like DESKTOP (from GEOS 2.x), DualTop (my preferred DE), TOPDESK (used by many German users...) or GeoDOS (an GEOS application developed and updated in 2018 by myself).

The English release is based upon the same source code as the German release but has not been tested that much. Most of the translations are based on my very poor 20 years old English. Feedback is welcome!

The release can be downloaded here.

The Source Code is available as Plain Text here.

Please excuse my bad English since that is not my first language. If you have any questions i will give my best to help but technical English may be much more complicated.

Markus"

============ End Forwarded message =============

Markus has updated geoDOS 64 and GeoConvert, too.  See

https://gitlab.com/mkslack/Area6510/tree/master/releases

          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 / Commodore and Amiga at the SC3 Arcade Party - Nov. 10 on: November 04, 2018, 04:14:08 AM
     Along with the various, classic gaming consoles and arcade games, there will be Commodore and Amiga at the SC3 Gaming Party on Saturday, November 10, in Claremont, California (east of Los Angeles)!  RSVP now at

http://sc3videogames.com

and once you are accepted, you will be told the secret meeting place!  Wink

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Amiwest 2018 hi-def videos on: October 20, 2018, 06:55:25 AM
     These are hi-def videos of the presentations (mostly) at the Oct. 13-14 Amiwest Show.  The first one - the Amiwest 2018 Saturday banquet with its keynote speaker, Daniel Muessener.  Go to

https://youtu.be/oKF0OIcrhp0

What happens at Amiwest stays at Amiwest... not!  See Trevor receive a gift at

https://youtu.be/e0oL8T4jzWg

Trevor Dickinson's talk from last Saturday...  Go to

https://youtu.be/AAAJXrcFTmU

Hans De Ruiter speaking at the Amiwest Show... see

https://youtu.be/Q0iQq50CNXQ

Aaron Smith of Amiga On The Lake speaks at the Amiwest Show.  Go to

https://youtu.be/w-iVWy-OyN4

Jamie Krueger talks about Advanced Visual Developer at the Amiwest Show.  See

https://youtu.be/3hBcdoWupJ8

Alex Carmona and connecting the AmigaOne to other devices...  Go to

https://youtu.be/M70VKytFm2U

Mark Ritter talks about MorphOS at the Amiwest Show.  See

https://youtu.be/k6qXufqDy3A

In this video we walk around the Amiwest Show, speaking to the exhibitors and vendors.  See

https://youtu.be/XaiSp2t2dY4

Bill Bosari interviews Daniel Muessener.  Go to

https://youtu.be/wlf4A7A849g

Bill Bosari interviews Trevor Dickinson of A-EON and Aaron Smith of Amiga On The Lake at the Amiwest Show.  Go to

https://youtu.be/zH6gFhiF5fM

     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 / Amiwest 2018 Devcon videos on: October 20, 2018, 06:52:41 AM
     On October 11-12 the Developers' Conference was held before the October 13-14 Amiwest Show 2018.  Below are videos of that Devcon.  The first hour of Thursday is at

https://youtu.be/QQaOnXcayeI

The second hour that Thursday...  Go to

https://youtu.be/Qgw_Hqo4u4Q

The third hour...  Go to

https://youtu.be/CR1kJU391gs

The fourth hour...  Go to

https://youtu.be/vSEwUShsFws

The last hour of Thursday's Devcon.  See

https://youtu.be/56hG4Frn74M

The first hour of the Friday Devcon is at

https://youtu.be/HSCVXCpdT0s

The second hour of the Friday Devcon is at

https://youtu.be/6p3fgEOSJsk

The third hour of the Friday Devcon...

https://youtu.be/pIb8i7Xj07k

And the final hour of the Friday Devcon is at

https://youtu.be/I3IchWa0vSI

     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 / FCUG picnic lunch - Sunday, October 21 on: October 18, 2018, 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
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