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 91 
 on: February 02, 2018, 06:11:28 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
The Commodore Story - Release Date 23rd Feb 2018, 6:30 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, California 94043, USA.  Bil Herd and Leonard Tramiel to have a question-and-answer session after the movie.

The Commodore Story is a cram-packed, 2-hour documentary film that takes us through Commodore's evolution from the 70's to the 90's from the PET, Vic-20, C64 to the Amiga and beyond.

See the excerpt at: https://youtu.be/yz-ptLXtNbc

Also a cute animation they did of the Hole in the Wall story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YelPWHW55c&t=9s

Also check out http://thecommodorestory.com

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

 92 
 on: January 27, 2018, 10:14:51 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Yes, the Friday before our SCCAN meeting in March I have to decided to visit Rolf Miller in Ventura in order to pick up his donated C128 motherboards, C64 cases, and anything else that can fit in the car.  Expect to pick these up for free, and if any goods remain, I will offer them to the Fresno Commodore User Group.
     Also I have the software donated from John Yaccarine of The Other Group of Amigoids (TOGA).  Some of the items have already been picked through by FCUG, but you guys can go through the rest.

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

 93 
 on: January 17, 2018, 08:52:45 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy New Year, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 at  --

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

Though Christmas has come and gone, C= "gifts" are still arriving -- more software from John Yaccarine of The Other Group of Amigoids (San Jose) and computer chips from Rolf Miller of the former CIVIC 64/128 club (Ventura).  Feel free to grab any and all from the boxes that will be at the meeting.
     Just like last month, we'll cover more of the new C= games from BinaryZone.org.  Just like last month, the A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) laptop will be exhibited with its AmiKit X, Amiga OS 4.1FE, and Windows 10 partitions.  Unlike last month, the PET 2001 returns, this time fully functioning (thanks, Ray Carlsen, for the difficult repair).  Also the Amiga 1200 returns for those who want some classic Amiga gaming.
     Hey, we're not forgetting the Plus/4 and VIC-20.  A few weeks late, for the Plus/4 we'll try out the new demos, "Merry Christmas 2017" and "Old Xmas Joke Go PETSCII", and the new game, "Shield Command".  For the VIC-20, it's the demo, "HiUxLife" (Life); and music, "Havana", "What Christmas Means to Me", and "Medley".
     Plus we'll talk about Maker Faire 2018, the Pacific Commodore Expo 2018, the Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018, and even the Silicon Valley Comic Con!

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

 94 
 on: January 15, 2018, 08:50:05 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The next SCCAN meeting is tentatively set for Saturday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge, CA.

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

 95 
 on: January 10, 2018, 08:48:30 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     To see photos of the C65 #1 at last October's Amiwest Show, go to

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/01/the-c65-1-at-amiwest-show-2017.html

          Happy New Year!
          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 09, 2018, 11:16:05 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     It's been a long time in coming, but finally the photos have been posted.  Go to

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/01/amiwest-show-2017-photos.html

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 97 
 on: January 07, 2018, 06:49:59 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Yeah, you guessed it... more photos trickling.  Wink  The latest ones can be found at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/01/photos-from-commvex-v13-2017-and-more.html

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 98 
 on: January 07, 2018, 12:17:14 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
The official announcement --

Happy New Year, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

For the meeting, I'll bring A.L.I.C.E. (A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience) laptop again with its AmiKit X, OS 4.1, and Windows 10 modes. Also the new C64/VIC-20/Plus4 game disks from BinaryZone.org return again.
     Hopefully, I will bringing in more C= gear to give everybody, courtesy of Rolf M. of Ventura (yeah, I'll be in Ventura on Friday night).  For everybody to peruse is the new book, "Commodore: the Amiga Years", from author Brian Bagnall.  It covers CBM from the time CEO Jack Tramiel left to about 1987.  Not only does it cover the Amiga computer but other computers like the C128, the Commodore LCD, the Commodore 900, and more.  Also, expect to see a few film clips from the new movie, "The Commodore Story".
     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

 99 
 on: December 31, 2017, 08:07:03 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
...I left him more goods for him to repair -- this time four, flat C128's in various states of condition.

(snip)

If necessary, he may have to cannibalize one of the flat C128's in order to repair the others.
     Yup, I received word from Ray that he will take parts from two of the C128's in order to repair the other two.

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 100 
 on: December 29, 2017, 12:27:58 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     In 2016 when I visited the Adelaide Retro-Computing Event in Australia, I met Jane M. Voskamp (Jones), veteran Commodore programmer and writer. Having seen her articles in Loadstar and the LUCKI Report a long time ago, I was pleased to meet such as affable lady. To my surprise, she also brought her 1994 publications which were still for sale. With the limited amount of Australian dollars I had, I bought 4 of her booklets, all produced on Commodores with the use of the Write Stuff 128 word processor, GEOS 128, and a Commodore MPS-1250 printer. The booklets were GEOS in Review - Reviewing GEOS Authors Programs, the Handbook of Commodore Disks, the Handbook of the Commodore 64, and the Handbook of the Commodore 128.
     I find that the Handbook of the Commodore 128 is an introduction to programming on the C128. As a sample of what to expect, the 45-page, A4-sized booklet is divided into the following chapters:

Forward
Disclaimer
Who Means What

Built-in Sprite Designer
Disk Commands
Base Conversion Tutorial
BASIC 7.0 Memory Usage
Start & End of BASIC 7.0
Dynamic Keyboard Technique
VIC-II Chip 40 Columns
VDC Chip 80 Columns
Boolean Logic Operators
Flags & Monitors - What They Mean
Monitor Utility - How to Use It
Assembly Language Mnemonics
Addressing Modes
Assembly Language Introduction
CP/M - Introduction
Complete Text Memory Maps
Bibliography, Users Groups, etc.

The price of the Handbook of Commodore 128 was $15 AUD, but she gave me a discount for buying 4 booklets.
     Her other available products were:

Profile.80 Plus Mod3 -- A C128, 80-column disk utility for creating/collecting auto-booting disks

Card Art Series - disk of geoPaint files with which to make greeting cards
Card Art Series II - disk of geoPaint files with which to make greeting cards
Border Series - disk of geoPaint "Border" files
Clip Art series - several disks of geoPaint images

The World of GEOS Handbook, including The World of GEOS disk
The World of GEOS Handbook II
The World of GEOS Handbook III
GEOS Unplugged I (handbook)
GEOS Unplugged II (handbook)
GEOS Unplugged III (handbook)
GEOS Unplugged IV (handbook)
GEOS Unplugged V (handbook)

     She can be contacted via Facebook or through her business address - JMV Grafix, P.O. Box 635, Enfield Plaza, 5005, South Australia. Phone - (08) 8 260 4062.

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

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