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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / BackBit cartridge for the Commodore 64/128 (fwd) on: December 05, 2019, 04:11:54 AM
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From: evietron

Hi there,

I have available now my BackBit cartridge for Commodore 64 & 128. It's a multi-function cartridge that operates with a Micro-SD card.

For more details, check out http://backbit.io

Thanks!
Evie Salomon
2  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: November 24, 2019, 05:19:10 AM
All wheels/tires have been replaced on the truck, and that includes the spare.
     Sadness!  I was driving the Chevy at 10:30 p.m. just to warm up the engine and keep it up to snuff.  I was headed south on south El Dorado Street which is on the outskirts of Stockton.  The middle of nowhere!  I then heard a loud whoosh of air and felt the truck slowing down and start shaking.  Uh-oh, flat tire?!  I pulled over under the street light of one of the few houses on the street.  Too dark to see exactly but the right rear tire looked like a goner.  I was without my cell phone, and so, I made the 3-mile walk back to my parents' house, walking fast just in case any strangers/homeless people jumped out of the dark at me.  I made it back home with only one guy walking through the park near the house saying, "Do you have any matches? Cigarettes?" Still walking fast, I replied brusquely, "No matches. No cigarettes."
     The next day I drove over to the Chevy by using my mother's Buick.  There was a huge sidewall split on the right rear Sears tire.  And the tire hadn't even had 150 miles on it.  There was no warranty on the tire.  I had the truck towed back to my parents' house and removed the wheel that night, brought it over to WalMart the next day, and had them install a no-name Dexteros tire.  $127 but this time with a road hazard warranty.  I put that on the truck that night.
     The question is will the other Sears tire on the left rear fail, too?

          There's always something,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Two weeks until the Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! on: November 24, 2019, 05:05:31 AM
     Join us on Dec. 7 at the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire in Meeting Room A of the

Central Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

     We'll have Commodores and Amigas (among others) at our exhibit, "Classic Los Angeles Computers! (CLAC!)." The event is free, though
underground parking is a flat $5.

For more information, go to

https://dtla.makerfaire.com/

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
4  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: 1972 Ford Ranchero! on: November 16, 2019, 05:00:52 AM
I washed the truck yesterday and polished up the chrome.
    After 2 days, there's a layer of dust on it again.  Sad  Well, I've washed the tires with Armor All Wheel & Tire Cleaner (highly recommended!), which removed a lot of grime, and then sprayed the rubber with Turtle Wax Tire Shine.
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Time to get it back on the road!
    Though the truck had not been started in quite some time, the battery kicked the starter over!  It's great to have an AGM battery (Sears Diehard Platinum, in this case) that holds the charge for months without requiring a trickle charger!  I put in some fresh, premium gas and drove her around a few miles.  Unfortunately, the gas gauge is not registering any fuel in the tank!  And I had the fueling sending unit replaced several years ago.  Not another replacement needed...

          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 Computing / Amiga General Topics / Re: Amiwest 2019 high-def videos on: November 14, 2019, 12:50:15 AM
     Yay!  The final high-def video has been posted.  It's

Amiwest 2019 banquet

https://youtu.be/tM2gCFGUpzk

     What a long process to film everything, edit, and upload!

          Now I can rest,
          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: November 14, 2019, 12:23:21 AM
     Just received a new dash panel to go around the instrumentation on the Chevy truck.  The old panel was cracked and dull.  The new one is wood-grain!  Hey, it was the same expensive price as the a replacement black one, and I thought a little more bling would be appropriate to the dull truck interior.  The new one gives a more upscale impression.
     The clear plastic that covers the instruments is still dull, but a new, more transparent plastic will be ordered in a few days.  (Right now, with the dull one, you can't even read the speedometer at night with the lights on.)

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
7  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: 1972 Ford Ranchero! on: November 14, 2019, 12:15:55 AM
     With the cooler but still warm weather here in California, it's time to get the Ranchero out its hibernation.  I washed the truck yesterday and polished up the chrome.  Time to get it back on the road!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, January 11 on: November 14, 2019, 12:12:47 AM
Hey, everybody,
     Our next SCCAN meeting is tentatively set for Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.

          See you there!
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Nov. 17 on: November 14, 2019, 12:10:40 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, FCUG members and visitors!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, 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

     At this meeting we'll talk about the Amiwest Show which just happened a few weeks ago and the Downtown Los Angeles Mini-Maker Faire which is happening on Dec. 7.
     In software, we'll try out the latest C64 Halloween games -- Luna, Forbidden Forrest, and Get Witchy. Also we'll also have more, new C64 games -- Rocket 'N Roll, ISS Emergency, Keystone Kapers, Croaky, Alien 8, and Zilsspleef. Then there is the music player compilation, XOXOX Softpack. Once again vice-president Roger may have his presentation ready on CAD 3D from IHT Software. For the VIC-20, we try out the updated "It Came From the Grave". For the Plus/4, we try out the new adventure, The Hut. The Amiga 500 returns with plenty of classic and recent game releases.
     I'll be bringing in hardware from a recent pick-up of a collection. Free or minimal cost to those who want it!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
10  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Re: Amiwest 2019 high-def videos on: November 13, 2019, 07:04:50 AM
     There it is... Mike Battilana speaks at the show about Amiga, Inc, and other matters.  Go to

Battilana at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/WHSwdFtQ5Mk

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

P.S. My primary videocamera stopped recording, though it kept video-streaming to Bill Bosari's set-up.  I switched over to the back-up camera, but then that starting having problems, so I went to the back-up, back-up camera.  When the battery on that third camera juiced itself out, I went back to the first back-up which completed the filming.  Whew!

P.P.S. In a 5-hour editing session, I stitched together the videos of the 2 different back-up cameras.  The sound is complete, though the video has two short gaps.  I've replaced the missing footage with still clips of Mike!  Smiley
11  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Re: Amiwest 2019 high-def videos on: November 12, 2019, 04:16:23 AM
     Here is the final hour of the Devcon.  It can be found at

Amiwest Devcon 2019 - Thurs. - 3rd hour

https://youtu.be/1ZrILJEmSic

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
12  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Re: Amiwest 2019 high-def videos on: November 11, 2019, 06:29:21 AM
     Back from my travels!  And back to uploading video, this time it is

Amiwest Devcon 2019 - Thurs. - 2nd hour

https://youtu.be/H-NjoexEjpA

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
13  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Re: Amiwest 2019 high-def videos on: November 08, 2019, 09:03:28 AM
The first hour of the Thursday Devcon is available now. Tony Wyatt and graphics' programming for Amiga OS 4.1 can be found at

https://youtu.be/VOcYfpW0lRM

Ron Nicholson's brief presentation is now on-line at

https://youtu.be/opr8DKKZOaE

Doug Compton's Amiwest presentation of the Amiga Art Contest 2019 can be seen in high-def at

https://youtu.be/hdEwsifYOu0

Doug's second presentation is at

Compton and Classic Software at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/WPpk-CiypLI

Alex Perez has his presentation at

Perez speaks about FloppyHaus and A.L.I.C.E. at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/b2yokc5xWdU

Trevor Dickinson speaks about his AmigaOne plans. See the video at

Dickinson at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/xsiY_-utjPI

Steven Solie summarizes the progress made on ExecSG for Amiga OS 4.1. Go to

Solie at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/5NqZvekfAEA

Tony Wyatt speaks reveals his findings on Amiga OS 4.1. See

Wyatt at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/aRTATEBmAgk

Trevor Dickinson and Steve Solie answer ExecSG questions in the Amiwest video at

Dickinson and Solie at Amiwest 2019

https://youtu.be/BquuW_Y-IZs


Back from Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 9 on: November 04, 2019, 05:37:04 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     We'll be talking about the recent Amiwest Show in Sacramento and the upcoming December 7 Downtown Los Angeles Mini-Maker Faire where we will have a table or two under the name of "Classic Los Angeles Computers!".
     The usual Commodore gear that we run at the meeting will not present  this time, because my car will be full of equipment from another haul, a haul that members can look through.
     However, the Ultimate 64 will be present, this time updated with v1.24!    Due to most of last month's meeting being devoted to looking over donated gear, we did not have time to play Archon.  We'll have it running this month!  And if Mario brings his Amiga 1000, we can have Archon running on the Amiga, too.
     Feel free to bring in any hardware or software you want to exhibit or discuss!

        Writing from the Hotel Flipper in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
        Robert Bernardo
        Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
        http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Nov. 9 on: November 04, 2019, 05:18:23 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     We'll be talking about the recent Amiwest Show in Sacramento and the upcoming December 7 Downtown Los Angeles Mini-Maker Faire where we will have a table or two under the name of "Classic Los Angeles Computers!".
     The usual Commodore gear that we run at the meeting will not present  this time, because my car will be full of equipment from another haul, a haul that members can look through.
     However, the Ultimate 64 will be present, this time updated with v1.24!    Due to most of last month's meeting being devoted to looking over donated gear, we did not have time to play Archon.  We'll have it running this month!  And if Mario brings his Amiga 1000, we can have Archon running on the Amiga, too.
     Feel free to bring in any hardware or software you want to exhibit or discuss!

        Writing from the Hotel Flipper in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
        Robert Bernardo
        Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
        http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
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