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1  Retro Computing / Commodore 128 / Re: Volley for Two - new C128 game on: October 12, 2020, 12:02:05 AM
Volley for Two review - https://vintageisthenewold.com/volley-for-two-a-new-game-to-join-the-select-club-of-new-games-exclusively-made-for-the-commodore-128/

Volley for Two music - https://soundcloud.com/encore64/volley-for-two-title-music

     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 Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: October 11, 2020, 02:19:31 AM
     It took awhile, but the Mercury Colony Park station wagon is back!  With the O2 sensors and 4 California catalytic converters, it came out to a heady $2,200!  However, I had a discount certificate and then another discount from the owner of Mooney Shell which brought the price down to $1,050.  Whew!  Smiley

          Truly,
          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 / Commodore 128 / Re: Volley for Two - new C128 game on: October 11, 2020, 02:15:15 AM
-------- Forwarded message --------

From: bjonte
Date: Oct. 10, 2020

Volley For Two has been released and is available for download from https://kollektivet.nu/v42/. I hope you'll enjoy it!
4  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Ray Carlsen releases new power supplies and adapters on: October 09, 2020, 12:29:48 AM
     With Ray producing many, different Commodore/Amiga power supplies, it's hard to keep up with what's available and what's the pricing for them.  You can easily and clearly find them at

http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/customps.html

     An alternative if the front-end of the site is making you look around too long,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
5  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: October 07, 2020, 11:00:34 PM
The engine has been rebuilt and installed in the station wagon!
    It was smog time for the station wagon... and it failed!  Though hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide were low, nitrous oxide levels were too high.  So, the wagon is at the mechanics' right now for two new oxygen sensors and 4 catalytic converters (2 pairs of pre- and post-converters) on its dual exhaust.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / FCUG picnic lunch - Sunday, Oct. 18 on: October 07, 2020, 10:57:04 PM
Happy autumn, C= and Ami aficionados!
      The Fresno Commodore User Group has its annual ?picnic? lunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 18.  The location ? Casa Corona Mexican Restaurant at 7044 N Cedar Ave. (on the northeast corner of Cedar and Herndon Aves.) in Fresno.
      Due to pandemic concerns, please bring your masks, and please be on time as nearly as you can, so that we may be seated in the outdoor patio at socially-distanced tables.  As is traditional, the club will pay for the members? lunch.
      This is the first meeting since spring, so it will be good to see all who come to the lunch.  Whether it?s small talk, Commodore/Amiga talk, or catching up on what?s going on your life, we?ll all be listening at the picnic lunch!

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

P.S. If you have any hardware orders to place or Commodore equipment to repair, I will soon be heading to the Pacific NW for a visit with Ray Carlsen.
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Happy 15th anniversary, SCCAN! on: October 03, 2020, 10:30:33 AM
     Though our in-person meeting for September was cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, we cannot forget that the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network was founded 15 years ago!  The club began by having its first meeting in Jason Greene's garage with attendees Jason, the late Bogdan Macri, and myself.  Sometimes we would have meetings in Jason's living room which became more common when later he moved to a different house.  Still later, we held meetings in Joe May's garage, eventually having one meeting at a Denny's Restaurant.  When the Denny's decided to start charging us after that meeting, the search was on for a different locale.  The criteria - someplace free, someplace with climate control, someplace with electrical outlets, someplace comfortable, someplace with food, and someplace more in the public.  Eventually, this led us to our current venue which fulfilled all the criteria, Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.  With our more public presence, our membership grew from the original three members to a now-crowded corner of the restaurant for our meetings.
     When this pandemic subsides and the restrictions are lifted, we will return to Panera.  We will once again have meetings.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
8  Retro Computing / Amiga General Topics / Viva Amiga: the Extended Remix (now with 8-bit content) on: September 28, 2020, 10:09:31 PM
In 2017, Viva Amiga, a film about the Amiga computer, was released for download and on DVD. Now, Viva Amiga: the Extended Remix has been released! The original clocked in at 1 hour, 2 minutes; the new version is a heady 2 hours, 36 minutes!

The Remix has even more details provided by Amiga developers, fans, and the Commodore/Amiga engineers. Especially the engineers who were left out of the original, like Bil Herd and Andy Finkel, and more from Bryce Nesbitt, Jeff Porter, and Dave Haynie et al. They talk about Commodore Business Machines, Jack Tramiel, and the transition from 8-bit Commodores to the Amiga.

Viva Amiga: the Extended Remix is for premium download at

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vivaamigaremix

Sincerely,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
Southern California Commodore and Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  Retro Computing / Commodore 128 / Re: Volley for Two - new C128 game on: September 28, 2020, 10:00:39 PM
The developer tells me it's going to be free!  He couldn't stand filling out the forms for the US Internal Revenue Service!

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
10  Retro Computing / Commodore 128 / Volley for Two - new C128 game on: September 26, 2020, 10:47:42 PM
     bjonte has just released the teaser trailer for the upcoming C128 game Volley For Two!  See

https://kollektivet.nu/v42/

     It has been years since the last C128 game has been released commercially, and it looks as if this one will be distributed on https://itch.io
     And it makes use of REU, GeoRAM, or SuperCPU 128 ram for extended playback viewing! Smiley

      Truly,
      Robert Bernardo
      Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
      Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
      http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
11  Retro Computing / Commodore 64 Hardware / Re: Commodore 64 Robot Guitar video on: September 20, 2020, 10:40:52 PM
------------- Forwarded message ------------
From: Smit, Steve

Just thought I'd share an update I've done to the software of the C64 Robot Guitar.
I've added the feature that let's you print out the tablatures!

https://youtu.be/yqPRJPCIr4A

Still working through my list of things that I'd like to add, but this is a nice
add-on.

Regards,
Steve
12  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, September 20 (cancelled) on: September 17, 2020, 12:32:59 AM
Greetings, C= and Ami aficionados,
      Happy September... and especially today, National Double Cheeseburger Day!  Wink  Our usual third-Sunday-of-the-month Fresno Commodore User Group meeting is cancelled, due to the Covid-19 crisis and the restrictions placed at our venue, Panera Bread Restaurant in Fresno.
      As for our October picnic lunch, I will be visiting Fresno next week to look into restaurant outdoor patios and even city parks (for a real picnic!) where we could have a "socially-distanced" get-together!  Smiley

           Hoping the smoky skies are less in October,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group
           http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
13  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 12 (cancelled) on: September 08, 2020, 02:40:56 AM
Happy Labor Day, C= and Ami comrades!
     The Sept. 12 meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is cancelled, due to the on-going pandemic and restrictions at our venue, Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge (though there may be patio dining in the direct sun).
     FWIW, the other day I received an e-newsletter from Toolbox LA, our venue for Commodore Los Angeles Super Show. Besides talking about ZOOM conferences, they did advertise for having your own private office space... even for one day! $75 per day, with all the amenities of hi-speed Internet and access to the well-stocked kitchen/snack bar.
     So, instead of being in total lockdown as it was several months ago, Toolbox LA is slowly reopening for business.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Bill & Ted movies on: September 04, 2020, 09:05:14 AM
     In preparation to see the new Bill & Ted Face the Music movie, today I saw Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991).  Whoa!  Excellent Adventure was so 1980's!  The clothing, the music, the Mercury Colony Park station wagon, the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlen playing Joan of Arc,  And the 1980's movie teen sensibility!  What a time capsule of the 1980's!
     Bogus Journey also had Bill and Ted watching the Star Trek episode, "Arena", as Captain Kirk talks about the Gorn and then wrestles with the Gorn atop the pointy peak at Vasquez Rocks.  Later in Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted find themselves atop the same peak at Vasquez Rocks.

         Truly,
         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 / Commodore 64 General Topics / Re: Another load from Ray Carlsen on: August 26, 2020, 09:32:27 PM
I'm considering another visit to Ray Carlsen in July or August.
     Due to my having to pay for the expensive veterinary costs for my mother's 2 dogs, the trip has been pushed back to October.  The A500/600/1200 power supplies have been built by Ray and are waiting for me!

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