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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: February 25, 2020, 10:25:45 PM
     From an announcement at the Mega65 Retro Computer group on Facebook --

"The agreement has been in place since we first met (and partied) at AMIGA30 and has been verified several times from both sides, however, we never officially announced it until now: Cloanto and the MEGA65 team are happy to clarify that every MEGA65 computer will be bundled with the original C65 ROMs to ensure full C65 compatibility. The picture shows Cloanto CEO Mike Battilana and chief cat herder Detlef 'deft' Hastik at Frankfurt Airport. All that is left to say is that the pre-order pages for the MEGA65 devkits will go live soon!"

     If you have Facebook, you can see the announcement and the following comments at

https://www.facebook.com/MEGA65RetroComputer/photos/a.793738327376689/2693024064114763/?type=3&theater

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
2  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Feb. 16 on: February 13, 2020, 03:33:31 AM
Happy Valentines' Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, February 16, 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 month we may have special visitors coming from the Sacramento Amiga Computer Club!  Make sure to give them a friendly Fresno greeting!
     For discussion we'll talk about the April 4 City of STEM science show which is in Los Angeles, the April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show (CLASS), the Vintage Computer Festival East happening in New Jersey at the same time as CLASS, the June Pacific Commodore Expo in Seattle, the tentative Amiga 35th show for the Bay Area, and the Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire which is expanding to 2 days this year!
     In software we'll look at the only side-scrolling game for the Commodore 128 in 80-column mode, Cloneimals, the original being released years ago and now the improved 2020 version being released a few days ago!  Also we have the winner of the C128 80-column coding competition, BucketWars!  For the C64/128 we look at 1541 Ultimate II and the 1541 Ultimate II+ cartridges.  Also for the C64, we have another look at the FCUG New Members' Disk and the new Shoot'Em Up Construction Kit game, Spearhead.  In classic Amiga business, we look at the Amiga 3000 which has been upgraded to the latest WHDLoad and with more games installed into it, courtesy of Duncan M. of The Other Group of Amigoids in San Jose.  I'll show how I've been translating the German Pagefox manual into English with the use of the A.L.I.C.E. laptop.  (As of today, 33% of the 69 pages translated!)
    After the meeting, Bernardo Studios opens, and we'll be filming Roger's CAD presentation for CLASS.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
3  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: February 06, 2020, 02:56:58 AM
I have asked for an estimate on a rebuilt 302 V8 installed in the car!  I'm still waiting, but if the price is like the rebuilt for my Crown Vic, then the engine is going in!
     The price is roughly the same, and the engine has been ordered!  I've gathered bits to be installed on the engine -- new double-platinum spark plugs, new spark plug cables, new magnetic oil pan drain plugs.  Gotta get a new PCV valve.  I've asked the shop to order a new, heavy-duty water pump for the car.

        Nearing the time to bring in the car,
        Robert Bernardo
        Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
        April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
4  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: January 29, 2020, 12:17:15 AM
     Goal reached!  Now at over 69,000 Euros of the 66,000 required.
     Mega65 developer Paul Gardner-Stephen talks about the new, sudden influx of money (in an article printed just before the crowdfunding goal was reached) and the plans for making the moulds at

http://c65gs.blogspot.com/2020/01/almost-65k-in-65-days.html

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
           April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: January 25, 2020, 08:31:37 AM
     Oh, my gosh, a person or persons named Tayger have just donated 40,000 Euros!

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo
         Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
         April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
6  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: January 22, 2020, 10:04:35 AM
...more has to be eventually done to the Colony Park.  Cruise control has failed (it failed just as I was coming back from the Pacific NW a few months ago). and defrost/heat is not coming from the upper/lower registers.  Also the faded "wood" on the tailgate area is bugging me.
    Since my last posting on the Colony Park, the cruise control has been fixed... to a degree.  It will hold speed, but when I step on the brake to disengage it, it won't do so.  I have to turn off the system and then turn it back on and set the speed again.  Strangely, the only way to fully fix this is to buy another steering wheel horn pad!!!  The cruise control signals are routed through the horn pad (which has electrical contacts).  Naturally, the horn pads that I find are used, and so, they may work to blow the horn but not necessarily work with my cruise control.  Sad  The search for a color-matching horn pad that may or may not work with my c.c. is put on the back burner.
     As for the wood on the tailgate, the body shop I wanted didn't want to touch it.  So, my hope is for an out-of-town custom shop that specializes on painting wood-grain.  That is put on the back burner, too, because...
     I have asked for an estimate on a rebuilt 302 V8 installed in the car!  I'm still waiting, but if the price is like the rebuilt for my Crown Vic, then the engine is going in!

        Adding pep and getting rid of the oil-burning,
        Robert Bernardo
        Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
        April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
7  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Jan. 19 on: January 15, 2020, 04:44:05 AM
Happy Martin Luther King Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, January 19, 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

     We'll talk about April Commodore Los Angeles Super Show and filming a commercial and presentation(s) for it.
     In software we'll go over the venerable FCUG New Members' Disk and suggest updates for it.  Then in new C64 software we have Manic Miner 64DX, Super Vortex 2, Amazon Tales 2019, Krakens, Spoil, the text adventure Deer Creek, and Gruniozerca C64 (a game in which you control a guinea pig!).  For the C128 we have Elite v2.0 for the SuperCPU.  For the VIC-20 it's Jeff Daniels' One Key Party.  For the Plus/4 it's 2048 Octaluxe.  For the classic Amiga we go over public domain disks from The Other Group of Amigoids.  Plus we'll try to catch up with software/hardware business unfinished from the December meeting!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
8  Retro Culture / Retro Movies / Re: The Chevy pick-up in Star Trek IV on: January 14, 2020, 07:12:20 AM
     No repairs on the Chevy truck currently, because all monies are going to a rebuilt engine for the 1988 Mercury Colony Park station wagon!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
9  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, March 21 on: January 14, 2020, 07:09:00 AM
     Instead of our usual second Saturday of the month, this time we go to the third Saturday for this meeting.  Now set for March 21.

           The preliminary announcement,
           Robert Bernardo
           Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
10  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: January 10, 2020, 07:47:15 AM
     Development of the Mega65, a clone of the Commodore 65, is progressing slowly but surely.  Prototyping has gone on for a few years, prototype boards have been sent out to beta testers, and now a Kickstarter campaign has started to gather money to build the steel moulds (molds) for the injection-molded cases of the Mega65.

For more information on the Mega65, go to

http://mega65.org/

or go to the page for Kickstarter donations at

http://mega65.org/moulds.html

To see the Mega65 discussion forum, go to

http://mega65.net (which will lead you to Forum64.de)

or on Facebook, see

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MEGA65RetroComputer/posts/

     Happy New Year!
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
11  Retro Computing / News and Events / Growing the 8 Bit Generation Premiere (with Chuck Peddle!) on: January 07, 2020, 05:18:26 AM
     Back in 2016 the premiere of the movie, "Growing the 8 Bit Generation", was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  After the movie premiered, CBM engineer Bil Herd and the film's producer Bruno Grampa were interviewed on-stage.  And at the end, 6502 engineer Chuck Peddle had surprise questions and comments from his seat in the audience!   You can see it at

https://youtu.be/eRl31o1vBeA

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
12  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, January 11 on: January 05, 2020, 08:31:37 AM
Happy New Year, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     In this meeting we'll have time to examine the Bogdan Macri Ultimate 64 with its Kickstarter case and Mechboard64 which has Cherry Blue mechanical microswitches!  Mario will bring his newly-acquired Amiga 2000, and we'll dig into its hard drive for any application goodies.
     In software we'll look at the newly-updated Super Mario 64 (now at v1.2), among other items.  Also we'll try out the hit of the Downtown Los Angeles Maker Faire - the C64 VR glasses with Street Defender v1.6... now with Atari Driving Controller!  Smiley
     We may have a special guest -- Amiga hardware repairman Paul "Acill" Resendes!  You can ask him repairs or about his Amiga hardware projects.
     Feel free to bring any other hardware/software that you wish to show off!

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
     http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Pics of the DTLA Maker Faire and of TOGA on: January 05, 2020, 07:59:58 AM
     December was a month of travel... from Los Angeles and up to San Jose.  Here are photos from our successful exhibit at the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire --

http://blog.retro-link.com/2020/01/commodoresamigas-at-downtown-la-maker.html

     Later in the month I visited The Other Group of Amigoids, a group which has been in existence since the 1990's in the South Bay --

http://blog.retro-link.com/2020/01/visiting-other-group-of-amigoids.html

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
14  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: January 03, 2020, 09:11:44 AM
    I just made a Paypal payment for the Mega65 molds!

         Happy New Year!
         Robert Bernardo
         Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
15  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Chuck Peddle passes away on: January 02, 2020, 08:08:48 AM
And another article on the passing of Chuck...

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/12/23/news/bangor/chuck-peddle-umaine-grad-whose-invention-paved-the-way-for-personal-computing-dies-at-82/

plus a Maine Alumni Association article written when he was alive...

https://www.umainealumni.com/magazine/he-changed-the-world/

His obituary has appeared at Legacy.com.  See

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=charles-peddle-chuck&pid=194838073&fhid=8818

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