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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / FCUG "picnic" lunch - Sunday, Oct. 20 on: October 16, 2019, 05:55:43 AM
Happy Halloween, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its annual picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20 at  --

     HomeTown Buffet
     3617 W. Shaw Ave. (across the street from our usual Panera Bread venue)
     Fresno, California
     (559) 271-1927

Because it is our picnic lunch, all club members and their families will have their meal paid by the club.  We'll eat, drink, and be merry, and not necessarily talk about computers!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 9 on: October 12, 2019, 10:47:44 PM
     I want to thank all the members who showed up at the September meeting.  Though Bogdan was not there, all of you guys made up for him being missing.  And it was great for everybody to share remembrances of him.  Thanks for clearing the station wagon of some of the Commodore/Amiga stuff.  The plan is to bring more Commodore/Amiga stuff for the November meeting, and you can grab what you wish.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

P.S. The SC3 Arcade Party is happening in Claremont on that same day, but I will be at the SCCAN meeting in Northridge.
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Amiwest Show 2019 -- Oct. 23 - 27 on: October 11, 2019, 11:45:48 PM
     Amigans and those with an interest in Amiga computers... the 22nd Amiwest Show and related events return to Sacramento, California, USA on October 23-27!  The Developers' Conference is Oct. 23-24, and the Classic Amiga Day is Oct. 25.  The show itself is Oct. 26-27 with the dinner banquet on Oct. 26.

The location is the

Holiday Inn Express Cal Expo
2224 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95821

For more information and for the times of the show and events, check out the Amiwest webpage at

http://www.amiwest.net

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
4  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: October 04, 2019, 08:32:52 AM
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.
     Well, it took longer than the end of the month, but I finally had the front brakes rebuilt!  Back in 2015, I had the rear brakes done at Pep Boys and I thought they could repair the truck again.  Wrong!  When I brought the truck in and had it inspected, the service manager started making excuses, like parts were not in their catalog, they'd have to tie up a bay waiting days for parts, the parts they would get were not assured to fit and would have to be returned, thus using up more time.  In other words, he refused to work on the truck!
     So, I went to Stockton Autocare.  They had the truck ready in one day!!!  Both front calipers replaced (the original left one was frozen), new pads installed, rotors reground, and the left front brake hose replaced (the original was plugged).  Two hours of labor at $85 per hour.  $208 in parts.  What was difficult about that, Pep Boys?!
     Power brake booster still needs to be replaced; the original has power braking on the first brake press but loses power with an immediate, consecutive brake press.  (Vacuum has to build up.)  With flood insurance to pay in November and property tax to pay in December, I've delayed the $300 fix for that until January.

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

P.S. When the 1990 Crown Vic had its fuel pump fail just outside of Stockton, I had it towed into Pep Boys,  Again the service manager starting making excuses, saying that his store was just a training facility, that the mechanics wouldn't be able to diagnose, etc..  That did it.  I told him that I'm never coming to Pep Boys again, brought my car to Stockton Autocare, and had the fuel pump repaired in a day.
5  Retro Culture / Retro Music / Re: Quarterflash is retiring! on: October 04, 2019, 08:04:57 AM
     Though Quarterflash and the Trail Band have retired, Marv and Rindy Ross have started a new band, "Koonce - Ross - Fraser".  I made it to their Sept. 12 concert in Portland, OR, but I won't be able to get to the Nov. 2 concert in Cannon Beach (brr! it should be cold).
     The music was great at the Sept. 12 concert, and Marv says that a new music CD should be available soon.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2020 - April 25-26 ! on: October 02, 2019, 02:56:15 AM
     The contract has been signed; the deposit has been made.  The CLASS of 2020 is coming on April 25-26 to the

Toolbox LA CoWorking Space
9410 Owensmouth Ave.,
Chatsworth, California 91311
U.S.A.

     Join us at our sophomore event!  More Commodore and Amiga goodness! And more hours, too, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day!  Exhibits, presentations, and good camaraderie among the attendees!

     You can see our 2019 website at http://www.portcommodore.com/class and it will be updated to the 2020 version as soon as possible.

     Sincerely,
     Robert Bernardo
     organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 9 on: September 29, 2019, 06:52:06 AM
Hi, all SCCANers and visitors!
     Our next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is tentatively set for Saturday, Nov. 9.

          Expect the full announcement later,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN website cleaned up! on: September 21, 2019, 12:17:11 AM
     The SCCAN website and the other Portcommodore.com sites (CommVEx, PaCommEx, CLASS) are back up, parsing correctly.  Seems that Bluehost updated their server(s).

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Photos and video - Seattle Commodore Computer Club on: September 20, 2019, 03:40:59 AM
     Have a look at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Seattle Commodore Computer Club --

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/09/a-visit-to-seattle-commodore-computer.html

Their website is at

http://www.sea-ccc.org/

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
10  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: SCCAN website cleaned up! on: September 19, 2019, 11:57:12 PM
     Website has gone down.  Hopefully, just for a little while.  I've contacted webmaster Larry.

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
         http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
11  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 21 (was Sept. 14) on: September 18, 2019, 02:19:19 AM
Happy Autumn, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     We'll be talking about the July Commodore Vegas Expo v15 (CommVEx) and the upcoming Oct. 23-27 Amiwest Show in Sacramento.  If you want me to look out for anything at Amiwest, tell me at the meeting.  Smiley
     The A2000 Video Toaster system will be brought in for updating, and the other usual equipment will be there ready to set up -- Ultimate 64, VIC-20, and Plus/4 (now fully-working after its TED chip was replaced).  After seeing Archon in action at the Seattle Commodore Computer Club, I was thinking of running Archon on the C64 or Amiga for the enjoyment of us members!  Smiley
     Feel free to bring in any hardware or software you want to exhibit or discuss!

          Speaking for SCCAN,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
12  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx 2019 on: September 18, 2019, 01:15:12 AM
     These may be the final CommVEx photos to be posted! See

http://dickestel.com/commvex19.htm

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Commodore Vegas Expo
     http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Sept. 15 on: September 11, 2019, 12:21:51 AM
Happy Almost Autumn, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, at

Panera Bread Restaurant
3590 W Shaw Ave. (corner of W. Shaw Ave. and Marty Ave.)
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 271-0104
http://www.dickestel.com/meet_loc.htm

     This is our now semi-regular meeting where we try to catch up on all the content that we missed in previous meetings, whether the content is C64, C128, Plus/4, VIC-20, or Amiga.
     Especially for the C128, we will be looking at programs such as Pedigree 128, Electropaint 128 v2, ST View ][,Sidplayer 128, Speedscript 128+, Millifoot 128, Fast Hack'em 128 v6.00, Brainstorm 128, and more! Also vice-president Roger may have his presentation ready on CAD 3D from IHT Software.
     Not only that but we'll look into the huge box of software donated by none other than Ray Carlsen!

          Writing from Seattle, Washington,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
14  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Bogdan Macri passes away on: September 11, 2019, 12:18:48 AM
     Bogdan did not post very much in public.  However, here is one from May 4, 2004, found at

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/18986/11&year=2002

-------------

My turn  Smiley

I'm a 36 year old Aerospace Engineer working for 10 years in the field.

I was born in Romania and came to the US back in 1981.

I am not married, live in Burbank, CA and I commute daily to Long Beach for work.

Photography is currently a hobby, but I would like to make it a profession in a few years. Stressing out at my current job is not healthy, so I need an alternative.

I started dealing with photography at around five years of age, learning how to load film and other simple tasks. Later, I bought my first "real" camera (Canon AE-1) and have progressed eversince.

Other noteworthy hobbies include volleyball, swimming, music, astronomy and philosophical debates about the importance of philosophical debates...

Bogdan

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          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: The Unijoysticle 2 !! on: September 02, 2019, 07:22:18 AM
     There is now a Unijoysticle users group.  Go to

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/unijoysticle

There is Unijoysticle news like: new firmware releases, beta versions, etc.

Feel free to post any question/news/whatever related to Unijoysticle.

     Got to update my Unijoysticle 2,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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