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1  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: May 22, 2020, 06:55:39 AM
So, to be safe, all u-joints and that bearing will be replaced.
     That was a big $770 for all the repairs in May.  Now a pause in the truck spending until late June.  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
2  Retro Computing / News and Events / Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2020 - postponed on: May 22, 2020, 06:52:36 AM
     Due to the on-going pandemic and the unavailability of our venue, the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, this year's Pacific Commodore Expo 2020 has been postponed.  Sad  Watch the PaCommEx website at http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex for any further updates.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Pacific Commodore Expo NW
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, May 17 (cancelled) on: May 12, 2020, 10:29:38 AM
Dear C= and Ami aficionados,
     Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the unavailability of our venue, Panera Bread Restaurant, our May 17 meeting is cancelled.

          Hope you are staying well,
          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: May 11, 2020, 08:46:18 AM
...u-joints being inspected and replaced if necessary...
     The two in-line driveshafts were checked, and out of 3 universal joints, one was questionable, and the center carrier bearing between the driveshafts needed to be replaced.  So, to be safe, all u-joints and that bearing will be replaced.
     Last week I received a new, 4-row, shiny aluminum radiator from BrothersTrucks.com.  What a thing of beauty (in a machine sense)!  As soon as I can get some time, I'll dig under the hood, haul out the old, 3-row radiator, and install the new one along with a new thermostat.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
5  Retro Culture / Retro Literature / Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry on: May 08, 2020, 09:14:20 AM
    When I visited New Zealand in late February, A-EON's Trevor Dickinson showed me the autobiography of singer Debbie Harry, "Face It: A Memoir".  He said that in the book she mentions the night of the Amiga 1000 premiere of which she was a big part.  Now I'll have to buy the book and find out what she exactly says!  Smiley

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo
         Fresno Commodore User Group -
         http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
         http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
6  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: May 08, 2020, 08:53:12 AM
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.
     The brake booster was replaced a few months ago, and now when I step on the pedal hard, the truck locks it brakes... just the way it's supposed to.  Smiley
     Right now the truck is in Stockton Autocare for more work to get it ready for the freeway.  The fuel sending unit is being replaced so I can have a working gas gauge, right rear inner fender brace support is being tack-welded on (so the brace can be attached), u-joints being inspected and replaced if necessary, cigarette lighter socket (power outlet) being fixed, and mysterious banging sound under the cab (when I turn at slow speeds) being investigated.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, May 9 (cancelled) on: May 05, 2020, 09:15:10 AM
My dear C= and Ami comrades,
     Due to the ongoing pandemic crisis and the unavailability of our meeting place venue, the May 9 meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network has been cancelled.
     In the meantime, I've been updating my Amigas, Ultimate 64, and various other Commodores.  I hope you all are well and have been keeping busy.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
8  General Category / Off Topic / FeedingAmerica.org on: April 19, 2020, 04:23:23 AM
     With so many people out-of-work and now needing food, I made my first contribution to FeedingAmerica.org

          They accept Paypal, too,
          Robert Bernardo
9  Retro Computing / Commodore 64 General Topics / Pagefox instruction manual in English! on: April 13, 2020, 04:17:51 AM
For those users who have the German Pagefox desktop publishing program for the C64, the instruction manual has been translated into English!  See

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/305407-pagefox-instruction-manual-in-english/

and click on the Download link there.

     After nearly 100 hours of work into it,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
10  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, April 19 (cancelled) on: April 09, 2020, 11:23:58 PM
My C= and Ami friends,
    Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the unavailability of our venue, Panera Bread Restaurant, our April 19 meeting is cancelled.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
11  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: April 09, 2020, 04:28:43 AM
     The engine has been rebuilt and installed in the station wagon!  Power seems to be the same, but now it is smoother with more high-end oomph.  Smiley  I've put about 400 miles on it and will continue testing.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
12  Retro Computing / Commodore 64 Hardware / Commodore 64 Robot Guitar video on: March 28, 2020, 04:29:01 AM
    Steve Smit of the Sydney Amiga User Group talks about the world's only C64 Robot Guitar!  See

https://youtu.be/4juOzJSRZSU

          Back in California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
13  Retro Computing / Vintage PC / Booting Commodore Pentium laptops on: March 27, 2020, 03:59:08 AM
     Trevor Dickinson shows off his two Commodore Pentium laptops!

See "Commodore Pentium laptop running Windows 95" at

https://youtu.be/M1tDZP2Nb8k

See "Commodore Pentium laptop running Windows 3.1" at

https://youtu.be/A_tWc4Sobog

     What curiosities!

          Back in California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
14  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Booting an A1222 Tabor + Greetings from Trevor Dickinson on: March 26, 2020, 06:33:06 AM
See Trevor Dickinson of A-EON boot up his A1222 Tabor and also listen as Trevor greets the Australian Commodore/Amiga clubs.  Go to

https://youtu.be/5TDK2BaSXU4

Back in California,
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 / Commodore Los Angeles Super Show (postponed) on: March 21, 2020, 05:49:26 AM
     After discussion with the booking person of Toolbox LA and in light of the ever-moving dates of Covid-19 closings in the area, I am postponing the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2020 which was scheduled to be on April 25-26. I appreciate that Toolbox LA is willing to change the contract that I signed, and other dates later in the year have been offered. I will discuss this with members of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and get their input. Then a new weekend will be chosen.
     Thank you for your patience and understanding in this.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
          http://www.portcommodore.com/class
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