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 on: April 08, 2021, 10:52:31 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     A few weekends ago I was in the L.A. area, looking for a new venue for the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show.  I passed by our SCCAN meeting place, the Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.  The restaurant is still there (it survived the pandemic!), and I saw a few people sitting in the patio.  Unfortunately, yes, the patio is still in direct sunlight, Panera not having bought a patio cover as other restaurants have done.  So, our July meeting will definitely have to be indoors in Panera, because direct sunlight would wash out our monitor screen(s).

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

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 on: March 22, 2021, 10:26:51 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Goodies for our next meeting!  See http://retro-link.com/smf/index.php?topic=277.msg4306#msg4306

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

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 on: March 22, 2021, 10:24:56 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Oy!  Another rescue to do!  This time I had to go to Los Angeles and pick up C64 and Amiga hardware... more Amiga than C=.  There was an Amiga 3000, an A1010 floppy drive, a high-density floppy drive mech for an A2000/3000/4000, boxed GVP Spectrum video card, boxed Amiga 500, giant external Amiga power supply which seemed homemade, boxed C64, 1571 disk drive, and six LCD VGA monitors (one of which was a multi-scan Dell).

          To be distributed at the July SCCAN meeting and November Commodore L.A. Super Show,
          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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 on: March 15, 2021, 12:14:16 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     Well, the Crown Vic konked out once with that minimal keychain, but it restarted easily.  However, the car was low on fuel, enough to pop on the Low Fuel light but there should have been a reserve of 3 to 4 gallons.  So, I've been driving with the minimal keychain and have been keeping the gas tank more full of fuel.
     I also sprayed half a can of Gumout down the throat of the MAF and wiped away any gumminess around that throat and flapper.

          No engine dying so far,
          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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 on: March 02, 2021, 02:27:20 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
    The filmmaker(s) didn't even try to hide the labels!  Commodores are definitely seen in medium shots of the new movie, Wonder Woman 1984.  There appears to be a Commodore PET 8096SK, seen in the office of Barbara Minerva.  That 8096SK is shown at least twice, because the movie comes back to her office at least twice.  Later in the movie, a very squarish Commodore PET 8032 is seen running a spreadsheet
program on its monitor.

          Couldn't figure out what was running on the 8096SK,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 6 
 on: February 13, 2021, 02:05:46 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy New Year and Happy Valentine's Day, SCCANers!
     It has been a long time since we've had a meeting... way too long.  However, with about 200K people a day being vaccinated against Covid here in California, there is a time frame in which we can have meetings again!!!!  Smiley  If the vaccination quota is maintained, then by late June, 80% of Californians should have a second shot.  So, I am tentatively scheduling a SCCAN meeting for July 10 at Panera Bread, Northridge.  We may be outside in the patio, but I can bring in a battery to power our 120v devices!  Smiley
     Watch this thread for further updates.

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

 7 
 on: February 04, 2021, 11:32:54 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     A few weeks ago FCUG member and newsletter editor Lenard Roach sent a program disk for me to examine.  He had keyed in the BASIC 2.0 games from program listings found in a 1984 book.  The games were Bible Games and Bible Scramble, originally written in Basic for MS-DOS machines but modified for the C64.  Lenard wanted me to look over the games, because they were crashing on him, even after he checked and rechecked the lines of code.  I warned him that I was not an expert programmer and that I'd have to get help from those more knowledgeable on the Commodore mailing lists and forums.
     When I received the disk with photocopies from the book and hardcopies of the Basic listings, I waited a few days before I got into them.  But when I got into them, I couldn't stop!

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

 8 
 on: February 04, 2021, 11:18:03 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     The Crown Vic went into the shop in January, but the mechanics couldn't find anything wrong with it.  I picked it up and drove it for less than a week, but as I turned a corner in town, the engine cut off again!  I restarted, but while idling by the curb, I called the owner of the shop and told him about that recurring problem.  Once again I returned the car to the shop.  Several days later I picked up the car again.  Verdict - nothing found!  Oy!  However, the owner did have a theory that something was wrong in the steering column, in other words, an electrical problem.
     Hmm, an electrical problem that happens to me when I'm driving the car but never when the mechanics are driving the car for several days.  Then I remembered years and years ago that a clerk at Orchard Supply Hardware (I was there to have duplicate keys made) warned me never to use a heavy keychain on a car's ignition lock.  He said that it would destroy the switch.  I also remembered that Chevrolet Cobalts had been recalled, because a heavy keychain on the ignition switch would turn off the engine.
     I'd drive the Crown Vic with a heavy keychain loaded with various keys and store reward cards.  However, when I gave the car to the mechanics, I would give them a minimal set of keys - just the ignition, trunk, and gas cap keys.  The car would never fail on them, but it would fail with me...  My deduction - the heavy keychain I was using turned off the ignition of the car!
     So far, I'm testing that theory of the keychain.  I've driven to Stockton 165 miles north of Visalia, and the car ran fine with a minimal keychain.  I need to drive it some more before I can conclude that the problem is solved with that minimal keychain.  If the problem is the ignition switch, the complete solution would be to open up the steering column and replace the switch.  That would give me a new ignition key to use.

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

 9 
 on: January 16, 2021, 06:01:52 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
From Andy Warhol's diary of those days' events --

Friday, June 14, 1985

During this morning I went down to the Seagram's building for that "How to Paint" video thing that the computer company, Commodore, wants me to be a spokesman for. And I guess I got the job. I was afraid that they were going to put a spotlight on me and have me draw in front of 700 people, but it was okay. It's a $3,000 machine that's like the Apple thing but can do a hundred times more.

Monday, July 22, 1985

Went up to the Kiss of the Spider Woman screening (cab $5). This is the movie Jane Holzer produced with that David Weisman, the Ciao Manhattan person. I can't stand him so I hate to say it, but I liked the movie. And I guess people are wanting arty movies now, or something, it's the right time. I had to get home early and dye my hair because of my public appearance at Lincoln Center for Commodore Computers the next day. Dyed my eyebrows, too. Black. I always dye it black first, and then leave some white and everything. I'm artistic, sweetheart.

Tuesday, July 23, 1985

The day started off with dread as I woke up from my dreams and thought about my live appearance and how nothing is worth all this worrying, to wake up and feel so terrified. Had to be over at Lincoln Center at 9:00, so I was up at 7:30 (cab $4). Debbie Harry got there before I did. She's a blonde again and she's lost another ten pounds. And she was wearing the outfit from Stephen Sprouse that I've never seen anybody else wear yet - the shoes glued into the leg stocking. We ran through it, and the easiest part is running through our thing for the press, that's so easy. They said we had to be back there at 5:30.

The whole day was spent being nervous and telling myself that if I could just get good at stuff like this then I could make money that way and I wouldn't have to paint.

Then when I went back there at 5:30 we went on and I thought I was going to pass out. I forced myself to think about the next job I could get if I didn't. Went along and the drawing came out terrible and I called it "a masterpiece." It was a real mess. I said I wanted to be Walt Disney and that if I'd had this machine ten years ago, I could have made it. Then afterwards people saw the portraits of Debbie and thought those were (laughs) the Xeroxes.

And the news is full of Rock Hudson having AIDS in Paris. And now I guess people will finally believe Rock Hudson's gay. When you'd tell them before, they wouldn't believe it.

 10 
 on: January 02, 2021, 11:22:47 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Aw, in its first big test of freeway driving, the Chevy C30 failed!  I was to drive the truck from Stockton to Lodi round-trip, a distance of 31 miles.  I prepped the truck for any eventuality, carrying jumper cables, a floor jack, etc..  I checked and then inflated all the tires to their proper pressure.  My friend in Lodi was warned that he might have to rescue me if the truck didn't make it.
     I jumped in the truck and started it.  The engine ran smoothly.  So far, so good.  I headed off to the freeway on-ramp about 2 miles away.  There was a stop light that had turned red at the intersection just before the ramp.  I waited at the light, and when it turned green, I stomped on the accelerator to climb up the ramp.  Huge amount of off and on hesitation in the acceleration!  So much so, that I was being jerked back and forth in the truck seat.  O.K., this is not the way the truck is supposed to accelerate.  I aimed for the nearest off-ramp, got onto it, and drove back onto city streets.  I went back home and had to call my friend that I would not be visiting.  Diagnosis off the top of my head... fuel filter clogging (a problem which the truck has had in the past).  Because it was Jan. 1, none of the auto stores were open.  I'd have to wait until the next day in order to buy a filter, and hopefully it won't be raining down on me when I install that filter.
     My Lodi friend will be out of town for awhile.  Next opportunity to test drive the truck to Lodi... this Sunday when my friend returns.

          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

P.S. A while later on a road leading out of the city, I was able to get the truck up to 55 mph without any troubles.  However, in this short drive, I did not stomp hard on the accelerator but just slowly pushed slowly and had the truck gather speed gradually.

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