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 91 
 on: January 27, 2019, 08:24:58 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Today when I met with Larry Anderson, webmaster of Portcommodore.com, he fixed up the front page of the SCCAN website in order to give it a more cohesive look.  Check it out at http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

          And hinted how I can improve the Members' page,
          Robert Bernardo

 92 
 on: January 26, 2019, 08:43:29 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Pictures of the Dec. 1 Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire 2018 can be found at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/01/pics-from-dec-1-downtown-la-maker-faire.html

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

 93 
 on: January 24, 2019, 06:27:04 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Too much Commodore and Amiga goodness! With the April 27-28 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show being announced yesterday comes the formal announcement of the June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW (PaCommEx) at

The Living Computers: Museum + Labs
2245 1st Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134, USA

     As in the past 2 shows, PaCommEx will have plenty of Commodore and Amiga exhibits, presentations, and perhaps some juicy door prizes! And everything will be at the comfortable and friendly LCM+L. The website is now on-line at

http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex

and discussion is on the forum at

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

If you want to exhibit and/or present, just contact me!

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Pacific Commodore Expo NW

 94 
 on: January 23, 2019, 03:15:02 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
First came the Commodore Vegas Expo (CommVEx), then the Pacific Commodore Expo NW (PaCommEx), and now for the third Commodore/Amiga show in the triumvirate -- the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show (CLASS)! We expand our Commodore/Amiga shows to the second largest city in the USA!

Just like CommVEx and PaCommEx, we'll have exhibits, presentations, raffles, food, and good ol' Commodore and Amiga camaraderie!

The April 27-28 CLASS is happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the very modern

Toolbox LA (https://toolbox.la)
9410 Owensmouth Ave.
Chatsworth, California 91311, USA

The CLASS website is now on-line at

http://www.portcommodore.com/class

and discussion of CLASS is in the shared forum area with CommVEx at

https://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=6

Watch the forum and the website for upcoming announcements and changes!

My thanks to the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and to the Fresno Commodore User Group for their support. It's been a long 2-year process to get CLASS going, but now all is coming to fruition.

Remember, go to CLASS!
Robert Bernardo
organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show

 95 
 on: January 18, 2019, 04:56:51 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     All wheels/tires have been replaced on the truck, and that includes the spare.  However, it still does a front "shimmy" when I brake.  I took it to Hewitt Alignment for an inspection, and they say that the front brakes will have to be redone.  At the end of the month, I plan to take the truck into Pep Boys for that.
     Moisture has gotten into the gas tank.  How do I know?  Well, when I was running the truck low on fuel, that bad gas was being scraped off the bottom of the tank and made for rough idling and a smelly exhaust.  Fresh gasoline would just sit on top of the bad gas (water being heavier than gasoline).  I haven't decided whether I should try and keep running the truck over time, hoping the bad gas is all used up, or whether I should have the gas tank dropped and the bad gas drained out.  The truck will definitely need a new gas cap to prevent moisture from getting in.
     From LMCTruck.com, I order a couple of wheel caps, an owner's manual, a fender brace, and a glovebox screw.  $65!  That should arrive next week.  From Autozone, I ordered a pair of Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers, and those should come in on Saturday.

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

 96 
 on: January 16, 2019, 01:38:00 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Here is the preliminary announcement for our next meeting at Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 97 
 on: January 15, 2019, 05:10:34 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy Martin Luther King Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, January 20 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 very busy January 5-6 Retro City Festival and other upcoming events with Commodores and Amigas.
     The 64 Mini returns, and also the new Ultimate 64 (http://ultimate64.com) will be presented.  We'll throw a battery of game and productivity apps at the U64 to see how good its emulation/simulation is.  Speaking of productivity, in September 2018, it was the 20th anniversary of Wheels, the alternate operating system to GEOS, and so to honor that anniversary, we'll have a look at Wheels in control of GEOS apps (Roger, bring the club 1581 disk drive and 1351 mouse).
     In other software matters, for the C128 we'll try out the recently-updated C128 text adventure games, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Trinity, Bureaucracy, Beyond Zork, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos.  The VIC-20 that was supposed to be used at the Retro City Fest failed, and so, if Roger brings in his VIC-20, we'll try out the latest programs for that.  Also from the Retro City Fest comes the Plus/4 with the show's two popular games, Zombie Calavera and Digiloi.
     The Amiga 500 v8 makes its first appearance at our meeting, along with a bunch of the newest games and demos on disk.
     If you have anything for Ray Carlsen to repair, give it to me, because around March 23 I'll be traveling (again) to his house in the Pacific NW.

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

 98 
 on: January 12, 2019, 07:23:03 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The Ultimate 64 arrived on Dec. 27, and I plan to show it at the SCCAN and FCUG (and maybe TOGA) meetings in January.

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

 99 
 on: January 09, 2019, 07:26:25 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
The call goes out... Commodore and Amiga systems are needed to exhibit at the March 23-24 Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest!  The second annual VCF PNW is happening at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, 2245 1st Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.  This year the special guest is Joe Decuir, engineer who worked on the Atari 2600 console, the Atari 800 computer, and the Amiga computer chipset!

Bring your C=/Ami system on over and show it off to the crowd!

For more information, go to

http://www.vcfed.org/vcf-pnw

or contact organizer Michael Brutman --

michael(at)vcfed.org

 100 
 on: January 08, 2019, 08:09:18 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy New Year, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, January 12, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     We'll talk about DTLA Maker Faire which was on Dec. 1 and the Retro City Festival which was last weekend.  Both shows tiring but exciting!
     In hardware, I'll bring in the Ultimate 64, and if member Bogdan brings his, then there will be two Ultimate 64's for us to examine!  If member Mario brings in the Amiga 500 v8, we can play around with that one, too.  Naturally, we'll have a VIC-20 and Plus/4, and we can run some of the programs that just came out for them, like Digiloi for the Plus/4 (shown at the Retro City Fest).  Then there are the strange and mysterious bits to see, like the classic Indus GT disk drive for Commodores and the Plus/4 joystick adapters from AmigaKit.
     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

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