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1  Retro Computing / News and Events / The 100 MHz 6502! on: October 15, 2021, 10:02:12 AM
     And the 65F02 works with a Commodore PET 8032!  Think if it were modified for other Commodore computers!  See

http://www.e-basteln.de/computing/65f02/65f02/#supported-host-systems

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
     Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - December 11, 2021 on: October 14, 2021, 09:36:05 AM
Greetings, SCCANers!
     Here is our meeting pre-announcement.  Due to the Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021, our regular November meeting is now delayed until Saturday, Dec. 11.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - Nov. 6-7 on: October 09, 2021, 12:47:41 AM
     Today I received confirmation that we can set up our computers for the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show on Friday, Nov. 5, after 1 p.m.! So, barring unforeseen traffic problems, I will be there at the Burbank VFW hall, 1006 W. Magnolia Blvd., in Burbank on that Friday at 1.  For those who cannot make the Friday set-up time, you can set up on Saturday morning before the 11 a.m. start of the show.  Saturday morning set-up time begins at 9 a.m..

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
4  Retro Computing / News and Events / FCUG "picnic" lunch - Sunday, October 10, 2021 on: October 04, 2021, 11:27:16 PM
Happy autumn, C= and Ami aficionados!
     As customary, in October we don't have a user group meeting, but instead, we have the Fresno Commodore User Group club picnic! This year our club picnic is on Sunday, Oct. 10, starting at 11 a.m. at

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant
144 N. Blackstone Ave. (east side of Blackstone, south of Belmont, almost to Divisadero)
Fresno, CA

To preview the tasty items on DiCicco's menu, see

https://store.getbeyond.com/diciccos-italian-restaurant-blackstone

     At the club picnic, members and their guests will have their lunch paid by the club. And we don't necessarily talk about computer things at the lunch!

          See you at the picnic!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class

P.S. Saturday, Oct. 9, I will be at Bernardo Studios (University Square Hotel) in Fresno to film presentations for the Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show.
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: MEGA65 development continues (the C64/C65-compatible computer) on: October 04, 2021, 08:35:17 AM
     Mega65 orders are currently being taken for the first 400 units, and then after that, pre-orders for the next batch.  See

https://shop.trenz-electronic.de/en/Products/MEGA65/

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Less than 2 months to CLASS 2021! on: September 18, 2021, 02:36:56 AM
     In more sobering news, Los Angeles County has announced it is requiring certain venues, like bars, to require customers have Covid vaccine verification and to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.  Without vaccine verification, customers cannot enter.
     CLASS is held in the Burbank VFW hall, and half of that hall is a full bar, the bar only separated from the rest of the hall by a wall and an inner door.  There are two West Magnolia Blvd. entrances to the building, one to the bar and one directly to our side of the hall.  By the time of CLASS, if you enter from the street and into the bar in order to go to our show, you will have to show proof of full vaccination.  If you enter from the street through the door directly leading to our side of the hall, then showing proof is not required (yet).
     You are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated when coming to CLASS.

          Keeping up with the changes,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
7  Retro Computing / News and Events / BackSID - the replacement for the 6581/8580 SID on: September 17, 2021, 10:06:57 AM
     Evie Salomon, creator of the BackBit cartridge and other Commodore bits (!), has released the BackSID, a replacement for the 6581/8580 SID chip in the Commodore 64/128/64C/128DCR.  BackSID auto-detects into which Commodore it is installed, and with an upcoming C64 configuration program, the user will be able to customize the settings and upgrade the firmware.  Not only does BackSID offer good sound but also supports inputs, like mouse, paddles, and Koalapad.  It does not offer audio pass-through.  For more BackSID details, see

https://store.backbit.io/product/backsid/

To see Evie's video presentation of the BackSID, see

https://youtu.be/vhtraERrMNw?t=161

To see the rest of Evie?s products, see

https://store.backbit.io/

     The BackSID is very reasonably priced at $29 US, not including shipping.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
8  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Less than 2 months to CLASS 2021! on: September 16, 2021, 04:07:44 PM
     And the game competition for cash has been announced (though the game hasn't been decided).

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Less than 2 months to CLASS 2021! on: September 15, 2021, 10:13:57 AM
     Time marches on!  The Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 in Burbank, California, is getting nearer!  Now there are more presentations, new raffle and door prizes, and a nearby Saturday dinner buffet (mmmm!).  See the latest by flipping through the pages at

http://www.portcommodore.com/class

     Writing from New Jersey,
     Robert Bernardo
     organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
10  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, September 19, 2021 on: September 15, 2021, 08:41:02 AM
Happy summer, C= and Ami aficionados!
      The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:00+ p.m., Sunday, September 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

After we eat our lunch, the meeting proper will begin with old/new business and then with talk about the Oct. 16-17 Amiwest Show in Sacramento and the Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show in Burbank.  Because CLASS is getting nearer, we'll lock down the video presentations for the show.
     We'll watch a brief video on the Retro-Printer Module ( https://www.retroprinter.com ) which promises to easily connect your classic computer to modern USB printers!  Supported computers range from the C64 and Amiga to the Atari 8-bit and Atari ST to the Tandy Model 102 to more!
     The Amiga 600 returns, this time with the thick Deluxe Music Construction Set manual so that we can more easily make music with the accompanying program.  Last month we tried out Evie Salomon's BackBit Pro cartridge with the Plus/4.  This time we try out the cart with  the VIC-20, thanks to its slot adapter.  On the C64 side, among the several new games we'll see, once again we'll play around with CAD-M, this time more seriously trying to design a CLASS logo.  Let's try to match the logo already done by Marc Rifkin of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and CBM veteran.

          Writing from New Jersey,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
11  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 18 on: September 13, 2021, 09:19:39 AM
Happy end of summer, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     This is our meeting before the November 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show ( http://www.portcommodore.com/class ) in Burbank, and we'll be finalizing our big plans for that event.  If you have any ideas to make CLASS better, let us know at the meeting!
     The Oct. 16-17 Amiwest Show in Sacramento is only a few weeks away. We'll talk about that, too.
     For hardware/software, we'll look at the Dread, the new Doom clone, running off my low-spec Amiga 600.  Also for those musically-inclined, we'll look at the classic Deluxe Music Construction Kit with its comprehensive 120-page manual.  The Ultimate 64 returns; this time we'll try to design a Commodore Los Angeles Super Show logo with CAD-M and have that logo spin around so
that we can film it for a CLASS commercial on Youtube.
     I'll be giving away bunch of Amiga commercial software packages (mostly games), courtesy of Brad H..
     As always, feel free to bring any other hardware/software that you wish to show off!  And you are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated before coming to the meeting!

          Writing from New Jersey,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
12  Retro Computing / General Discussion / Ray Carlsen's "new" website on: September 11, 2021, 07:33:43 AM
     Veteran Commodore repairman Ray Carlsen now has his website located at a different address. It is at

https://www.portcommodore.com/rcarlsen

     From there you can go to his repair articles, his Commodore and Amiga power supplies, adapters, cables, and computer savers. A few pages need touching up, so there will some changes in the future.

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo
         Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
         Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Back Into the Storm by Bil Herd, Margaret Morabito on: September 10, 2021, 11:12:09 PM
     A Hackaday review of the book is at

https://hackaday.com/2021/09/08/books-you-should-read-bil-herds-back-into-the-storm/

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
     Nov. 5-6 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
14  Retro Computing / Commodore 64 General Topics / Trevor Dickinson compares C64, THEC64 Mini, and more on: September 08, 2021, 12:55:55 AM
     Trevor Dickinson, the head of A-EON, the company that builds the new AmigaOne X5000, usually writes an article into his blog every few months, talking about Amiga OS, the AmigaOne X5000, and his plans for the new AmigaOne 1222.  However, this time he writes quite a bit about 8-bit Commodore!  See

http://blog.a-eon.biz/blog/?p=12923

     By the way, Trevor resides in Wellington, New Zealand.  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/class
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Radio Shack declares bankruptcy on: September 07, 2021, 03:14:05 AM
     Strangely, Radio Shack still has some kind of on-line presence where you can buy their products.  And if I can believe the Internet, there are still 400 stores!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 - http://www.portcommodore.com/class
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