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 11 
 on: June 24, 2018, 10:39:40 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Ah-ha, some PaCommEx photos and short video clips are hiding at

https://twitter.com/LivingComputers

Just scroll down to June 8, June 9, and June 10.

PaCommEx bits were put on-line by Matisse Fletcher, Living Computers: Museum + Labs events' coordinator.

          Writing from Tucson, Arizona,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 12 
 on: June 23, 2018, 09:32:38 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Photos from the show have now been posted at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/06/photos-from-pacific-commodore-expo-nw.html

Also more photos are posted on the Facebook group, Pacific Commodore Expo, photos courtesy of Ryan Sherwood of the Puget Sound Commodore User Group.

          Writing from Tucson, Arizona,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 13 
 on: June 19, 2018, 09:52:16 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The first video is up and running at YouTube! See "Announcing the Raffle for the Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018" at

https://youtu.be/B-yVGkWZ0_w

     More videos and photos to come,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
     http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 14 
 on: June 13, 2018, 09:50:30 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy Father'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, June 17 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686
 
     This month I'll report on last weekend's Pacific Commodore Expo NW in Seattle, and we'll see the photos and some video from that show.  We'll also talk about a new opportunity to show off our computers at the DTLA (DownTown Los Angeles) Maker Faire on December 1.
     At our last meeting, we had a demonstration of the Tech Sketch Music Port keyboard, and continuing in that musical theme, I bring back the Guitar Hero guitar with its Playstation-to-Commodore adapter and its program, Shredz64 (a big hit at PaCommEx).  For the VIC-20 we'll try out the new commercial games, Down! and Mayhem, from Revival Studios.  For the Plus/4 it's "Faces in HFLI", a hi-res slideshow of famous people.  For the C128, Tempest returns along with the SuperCPU 128 needed to run it.  For the classic Amiga, we try out some club disks from The Other Group of Amigoids.

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 15 
 on: June 02, 2018, 05:17:32 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Last night the pre-order list opened for the Ultimate64, and I ordered one.  http://www.ultimate64.com  The order was taken, and I don't have to pay until it is ready to ship.  It came to just under $218 US.

          Writing from Los Angeles,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
          Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 16 
 on: May 26, 2018, 11:16:15 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Time is counting down for the June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018! Come and enjoy the Commodore and Amiga computers in the relaxed atmosphere of the the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, which is at

2245 1st Ave. South
Seattle, Washington, USA.

PaCommEx is now on the LCM + L's event calendar! See

http://www.livingcomputers.org/Events/Calendar.aspx

Set-up times are 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, June 8; and 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9. On Saturday and Sunday, PaCommEx starts when the LCM + L opens at 10 and ends when the museum closes at 5. Tear-down time is Sunday, 5 - 7 p.m.. For more details, check out the forum at

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

or go to PaCommEx website at

http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex

or check the Facebook page of the Pacific Commodore Expo.

We'll have presentations, the hands-on exhibits, and a C64 system and a C128 system to be given away!

Sincerely,
Robert Bernardo
organizer - Pacific Commodore Expo NW

 17 
 on: May 25, 2018, 11:45:04 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     It's been about a year since I put any work into the 1988 Mecury Colony Park station wagon, but because the Pacific Commodore Expo NW is coming up, I decided to perk it up for the long trip to Washington state.  Wednesday at the Mooney Shell service station, the mechanics charged up the a.c., this time injecting a dye into the system to see where it is slowly losing its freon.  Right now, the a.c. is really cold, because the system is full.  Also they started work on the tailgate repairs.  Ever since I bought the car, the tailgate would never lock (well, maybe one time), the tailgate window would not slide down, and though the tailgate opened as a door, it never flipped down to being a tailgate.
     First, the mechanics thought the latch was the cause of the non-locking problem.  Also the power locking mechanism (the actuator) did not work.
     They investigated the tailgate's power window.  The former owner had blocked the lowering of the window with aluminum blocks; the mechanics removed those blocks and found that the window motor was bad (or to be more exact, the bearings in the motor were destroyed).  The rod(s) that the window slid along were dry (unlubricated) and rough.  Also the window itself had 8 holes in the bottom which were supposed to house plastic grommets; only 2 of the grommets were still left.
     So, by the end of the day, they needed a latch, a window motor, a door actuator, and more grommets.  The next day I came back.  They had worked on the tailgate for another couple of hours.  The hard-to-find latch did not need replacing!  Because the window had been blocked from lowering down, they discovered that it had not been fully raised.  When raised another 1/8 inch or so, the electric interlock worked and the key was then able to lock the door.  One mechanic, Donnie, was still tweaking the power window mechanism when I arrived.  Over and over, he powered the window up and down, checking and adjusting the mechanism(s).  He had lubricated the rods so that the window smoothly moved, and he had installed replacement grommets he had fabricated (original grommets were no longer available).  Finally, he grinded away any excess metal from his repairs before putting back on the interior vinyl door panel.
     There was no time to put in a new door lock actuator, because I had to leave to visit my mother, but I was very satisfied.  The "Magic Doorgate" now worked perfectly through its three functions -- door opening with window in up position, door opening with window in down position, and door flipping down as a tailgate with window in down position.

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
           June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
           August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

P.S. Other tweaks planned for the station wagon - replace lower and upper radiator hoses (upper being easy to change, lower being more difficult to change), replace the ignition coil with an Accel ignition coil (easy to do), and change the full-service spare to a mini-spare tire (impossible to remove the full-service spare out of its storage compartment unless two people tackle it).

 18 
 on: May 23, 2018, 07:45:02 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy Upcoming 3-Day Weekend, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, May 27 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686
 
     This month I'll have a report on last weekend's Maker Faire Bay Area, and we'll discuss the plans for the June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW in Seattle.
     Last month we ran out of time to look over some of the library disks of the CIVIC 64/128 club of Ventura, California and the Diablo Valley Commodore User Group of Walnut Creek, California.  Not this time!  Because it is the 20th anniversary of Wheels 64/128, the compatible OS for GEOS, we'll watch an on-line video of it in operation.  For the VIC-20, we'll run the new game, Pyrotech, and the new demo/game, Dr. Ultra + Snake.  For the Plus/4, we'll have the disk magazine, Lone News 21.  For the C128, we'll try out Manic Miner 128.
     In hardware, I'll show off the relatively-inexpensive SD2IEC from Jason Micari of Australia.  Then we'll try out the hit of the Sunday Maker Faire, the Tech Sketch Music Port, software and a large keyboard that connects to the user port of the C64, advertised as a "music synthesizer and multi-track recording system".  The Amiga 2000 returns with its 68040 board @ 28 MHz, DKB MegAChip for 2 meg Chip RAM, 40 megs Fast RAM, Video Toaster, OS 3.1, and dual disk drives, this time upgraded with the latest WHDLoad and more games, courtesy of the installation work of Duncan MacDougall of The Other Group of Amigoids.

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
     Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 19 
 on: May 06, 2018, 09:30:57 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Join us, the Vintage Computer Federales, at our exhibit during Maker Faire Bay Area on May 18-20, 2018!  The event where art, education, creation, and technology blend together, Maker Faire Bay Area welcomes the tens of thousands of attendees to its location at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, California.

https://makerfaire.com

At the VCF exhibit, we'll be demonstrating our classic computers, ranging from Apples to Ataris to Commodores/Amigas to Texas Instruments to more!  Learn how the classic computers were used in the past.  Learn how the classic computers are adapting to today's technology.  We'll be next to the Computer History Museum exhibit and in the same Expo Hall as GGLABS, creators of Commodore/Amiga/Apple hardware.

https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/65076/

Maker Faire Bay Area runs Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 am ? 6 pm..  For ticket prices, see

https://makerfaire.com/bay-area/buy-tickets/

See you at Maker Faire Bay Area!

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

 20 
 on: May 04, 2018, 09:01:55 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
I will make another visit to Ventura in order to pick up miscellaneous parts and three 1702's from Rolf M..
     O.K., instead of those 1702's, I had brought more than a dozen 1541 drives!  But for our next meeting in July, I will bring in those three 1702's and miscellaneous drive parts.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          June 9-10 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
          Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

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