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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx 2019 on: August 19, 2019, 06:25:22 AM
     Now we have 2 more videos on-line!  Saj Awan had a mini-presentation showing what he had on his exhibit tables -- PETpix 2, Koalamin, and the Incredible Musical Keyboard -- all running on the Commodore 64.  Matt Brewster spoke about the MiST FPGA box and showed it running Amiga emulation.  See

Saj Awan at CommVEx 2019

https://youtu.be/adInIdaqeDI

Matt Brewster talks MiST at CommVEx 2019

https://youtu.be/SpNNyin66Pw

      Truly,
      Robert Bernardo
      Fresno Commodore User Group
      http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
      Commodore Vegas Expo - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
2  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx 2019 on: August 17, 2019, 01:50:08 AM
     Here we go!  More video and photos from CommVEx 2019!  Check out

Van Pelt and Giga-CAD+ for the C64

https://youtu.be/1X_6VCQ0gdI

and

Mario's pics of CommVEx 2019

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/08/marios-pics-of-commvex-2019.html

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Commodore Vegas Expo
     http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx 2019 on: August 16, 2019, 04:13:32 AM
     Another long-lost video released at the August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo... it is scener Peter Hanson visiting Amiga, Inc. headquarters back in 2001. Just a few minutes long, this video also has the late Gary Peake and in the distance, the Amiga bus!

https://youtu.be/74_KgFsQ2xM

     More to come,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group
     http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
4  Retro Computing / News and Events / Videos and photos from CommVEx 2019 on: August 15, 2019, 03:14:39 AM
     Posted last night, here is the first from August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15.  Premiering at the show, it is long-lost video from 2001 of engineer Jeri Ellsworth talking about the CommodoreOne and scener Peter Hanson talking about the European C= scene, especially about the Plus/4.  It was filmed at an UPCHUG (University Place Commodore Home User Group) meeting in the public library in Tacoma, Washington.

Jeri Ellsworth + Peter Hanson at UPCHUG 2001

https://youtu.be/V2WF5xlTWcc

          More to come,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, August 25 on: August 14, 2019, 06:09:21 AM
Happy Labor Day, C= and Ami aficionados!

The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, August 25, 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

Note that the meeting is on August 25, not our regular third Sunday on August 18.

The Commodore Vegas Expo v15 (CommVEx) is over!  Expect a full show report -- exhibit-wise, financial, and observations!

Also, expect some fresh videos taken at the show, for example, the PETpix 2.1 which is streaming .MP4 video of any length into the C64 and Koalamin (think of the musical instrument Theramin except for the C64)!

If I can handle it, the Amiga 2000 Video Toaster comes to the meeting, complete with 3 video monitors (hey, the car is already packed with them).  For the C64, we'll have the new Super Duper Blaster game and the steering controller for the Street Defender program and the VR64 glasses.  For the VIC-20, we'll try out the new-from-Australia VIC-2066 cartridge which provides up to 35K memory and a built-in SD2IEC drive.  Watch out VIC-20 Doom!

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Just around the corner... the Aug. 10-11 CommVEx on: August 09, 2019, 02:28:42 AM
     I've been in Vegas for a few days now, preparing items for CommVEx.  Set-up time begins tomorrow Friday at 2 p.m. in the third floor Desert Wind Salon of the Plaza Hotel.  Set-up continues until we are done!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Vegas Expo
7  Retro Computing / News and Events / Just around the corner... the Aug. 10-11 CommVEx on: July 31, 2019, 06:16:00 AM
     The Commodore Vegas Expo v15 is getting near!  August 9 is our set-up day, and August 10-11 we have the show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  $25 whether you stay one day or both days.  It's in the Desert Wind Salon (next to the Bingo room!), third floor, of the Plaza Hotel, 1 Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  Have an early look at the room --

http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/07/desert-wind-salon-for-commvex-2019.html

      After 15 years of shows, this year's CommVEx takes an retrospective look with never-before-seen videos of engineer Jeri Ellsworth, scener Peter Hanson, vendor Jim Scabery, and CBM engineer Dave Haynie.  But we also have live presentations and exhibits from Matt Brewster, Mario Luppi, and more!
      We have a PET 2001-8, Commodore 128, SX-64, and VIC-20 system in the raffle, and we have items such as Strikelink wi-fi modems for sale.  Naturally, each CommVEx attendee will get freebies at the door and have a chance to win door prizes!
      For more information, go to

http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

or to the forum at

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

          Packing for CommVEx,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Vegas Expo
8  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Ultimate64 ordered! on: July 31, 2019, 01:28:23 AM
Sometimes there would be a blank screen, sometimes just black.
     At a SCCAN meeting, it was discovered that a bad s-video cable was the cause.
     I have been using the Ultimate 64, showing it off at club meetings, the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show, Bay Area Maker Faire, and the Pacific Commodore Expo.  And I have been satisfied with it.
     However, at our last FCUG meeting a few weekends ago, I had trouble with it.  I ran the new C64 games, Crystal Caverns, Death Weapon, Run Demon Run, Super Goatron, Stercore XD, Super Galax-I-Birds, Royal Hunt, and Robots Rumble.  No sound came from any of the games!  I checked my settings in the U64 menus.  Nothing had been changed...
still using the internal UltiSIDs, still in PAL mode, still using HDMI.  I cross-checked with a regular C64 and Commodore CRT monitor; the games' sound worked perfectly.  The club members and I were stumped for awhile; we couldn't figure out what was wrong.  I thought perhaps the HDMI cable had gone bad or that the external speakers
connected to the monitor had gone bad.
      Then we tried playing some SID tunes through the U64.  It worked!  But still nothing with the new games.  Finally, one member suggested that I go back to the older 1.18 firmware, instead of using the new 1.21 firmware.  I reflashed the board, and older firmware solved all the sound problems!  Now I had sounds coming through the games.  Now I could relax and show off the U64 at CommVEx.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
9  Retro Computing / TRS-80 General Discussion / Re: TRS-80 Model 102 given and received! on: July 25, 2019, 04:12:45 AM
     At this month's SCCAN meeting, Bogdan gave away another, mint Tandy 102 with leatherette case.  I gladly accepted it, because it will replace the Tandy 100 that I had "lost."  It looks good next to the Tandy portable disk drive.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
10  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: Ultra HD 4K movie and tv releases - a prediction on: July 25, 2019, 04:07:09 AM
The latest news is that a 4K Blu-ray of Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan may be out by Christmas of this year!
     Though nothing has come of this (yet), at this year's San Diego Comic Con, Paramount says it has plans to remaster the 1979 film in a 4K Blu-ray ?Director?s Edition!?

          The Director's Edition being superior,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Security certificates on: July 17, 2019, 04:16:20 AM
I have now installed security certificates for this site. What this does is it encrypts information between your computer and retro-link.com.
     It still seems that the majority of the site is still insecure.  You can go to the new https://forum.retro-link.com, but when you go to the log-in page, that is insecure, and then after log-in, the rest of the forum is insecure.

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
           August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
12  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, July 21 on: July 17, 2019, 04:11:24 AM
Happy Ice Cream Day (Sunday), C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, July 21, 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

     It's only a few weeks before the August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 (CommVEx), and we'll be talking about the latest happenings with that show. Also the Classic Los Angeles Computers! exhibit has just been approved for the Dec. 7 Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire, and we'll talk about that, too.
     Speaking of CommVEx, if you haven't seen it yet, we'll look at the CommVEx 2019 commercial which shows some of the Commodore/Amiga personalities that have graced the show since 2005. Also for those who cannot make it to the show, we'll look at the video presentation of Roger Van Pelt demonstrating Giga-CAD+ with the SuperCPU.
     In hardware/software, the Ultimate 64 will have the new 2019 games -- Crystal Caverns, Death Weapon, Run Demon Run, Super Goatron, Stercore XD, Super Galax-I-Birds, and the silly Royal Hunt. We ran out of time at the last meeting for Robots Rumble on the VIC-20/Plus4, and we'll get to it this time. Also there is the new SD2IEC-Ready Games Collection (1986 onwards) for the VIC-20. The Amiga 1200 returns, and we'll look at some of the software loaded up on its hard drive.

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

P.S. Though our venue doesn't sell ice cream, you can still celebrate Ice Cream Day at the Sonic Drive-In down the street.
13  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 14 on: July 15, 2019, 03:17:24 AM
     There it is... tentatively planned for Saturday, Sept. 14.  Same place, same times!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
14  Retro Computing / News and Events / CommVEx 2019 commercial on: July 14, 2019, 04:34:47 AM
     As the August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 nears, a commercial for it has been released!  See

https://youtu.be/2uQv-6ayhUM

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
15  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, July 13 on: July 09, 2019, 01:16:02 AM
Happy July, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     This is our last meeting before the August 10-11 Commodore Vegas Expo v15 (CommVEx) -- http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex  Now is the chance to give any last-minute suggestions for the show.  Smiley  Also I'll be bringing some equipment for member(s) to transport (with permission, of course) to CommVEx.
     In other show news, we'll talk about the June Pacific Commodore Expo NW and the Dec. 7 Downtown L.A. Mini Maker Faire (yup, that Maker Faire continues, even though the parent organization is gone).
     For the meeting, I'll be bringing the Ultimate 64, now upgraded to firmware v1.21, along with Unijoysticle 2 and two 8BitDo NES30 Bluetooth gamepads, and for those who want a wired connection, two new C=/Atari gamepads from eBay's "retrogameboyz" Mike.  Also the Amiga 600 will appear, last seen at the PaCommEx.  If the SD2IEC can be found, we'll be looking through the SD2IEC-Ready Games Collection (1986 onwards) for the VIC-20.
     Guest Santiago G. may be appearing with his Amiga 2500 or with his Mac Mini that has MorphOS.  As usual, if you have any hardware or software to present, bring it to the meeting!

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