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 on: January 16, 2022, 12:15:55 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Yes, the rev. 8 motherboard is considered an A500 Plus.  It did include the Super Agnus, and the ram expander was added to give a full 2 Mb Chip RAM.

          See it at the next SCCAN meeting in March,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

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 on: January 14, 2022, 12:26:25 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Here is the preliminary announcement for our next meeting!

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

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 on: January 11, 2022, 03:23:17 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy New Year, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:00+ p.m., Sunday, January 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

     For discussion, we'll talk about the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2022. In hardware/software, the Ultimate 64 returns with new programs, like Sonic the Hedgehog v1.2, Scramble Infinity, Snowdown, and Snow Force. The Amiga 500 with Vampire 500 v2 accelerator returns, and we?ll have more time to delve into its many, many games, demos, music, videos, and emulators which are on its Compactflash drive. Attack of the Petscii Robots returns, this time with a proper 1084 monitor and 80-column cable so that we can look at it in 40 and 80-column mode. The VIC-20 returns, and we?ll try out some of its latest programs.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
 
P.S. Our meeting venue, Panera Bread, closed early at our last 2 meetings. Be prepared if they close early again? say at 2 p.m..

 4 
 on: January 03, 2022, 10:26:35 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by JeffR
Darn! The rev 8 A500 with Vampire would have been nice to see. The rev 8 motherboard was sold as the "A500 Plus", correct? Did it include a 2MB capable Agnus on board and did it still need some upgrades to get 2MB of chip RAM?

I say darn because I may not be making the meeting this time around. We'll see if I can reschedule another appt I have.


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 on: January 03, 2022, 07:41:29 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy New Year, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

Note: We are back to our bi-monthly (every other month) meeting schedule.
     For discussion, we'll talk about the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2022. For hardware/software, the Ultimate 64 returns with new programs, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Scramble Infinity, Snowdown, and Snow Force. The refurbished Amiga 500 with v8 motherboard makes its first appearance and now has a Vampire 500 v2 accelerator. Spec.?s ? 2 mb Chip RAM, 128 Fast RAM, Gold 2.12 core, Kickstart 3.10 (three point ten), Coffin OS r59, 32 gig CF card, and a full complement of platform emulators, WHDload games/demos, and native HDMI games/demos/music/videos.
     If you missed them at CLASS 2021 and at the December SCCAN meeting, Wayne and Sonia Aller may be at this meeting to sell their VIC-20/C64 hardware and software.
     As always, feel free to bring any other Commodore and Amiga hardware/software that you wish to show off!

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

 6 
 on: December 13, 2021, 03:11:37 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy 40th FCUG Anniversary, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:00+ p.m., Sunday, December 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 continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary our club!  Last month I wrote:

> A ruby is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary, but I'm not getting everyone a ruby.  Wink

     O.K., I relented.  You'll get some rubies... the C64 text adventures, Ruby Rap and Ruby Chalice.  Then we'll look at some Christmasy software and demos for for the C64 and VIC-20.  And there is the new Attack of the PETSCII Robots for the C128.
     On the Amiga side will be the unveiling of the Amiga 500 with Vampire 500 v2 accelerator.  It was my first Amiga computer, given to me by Dick Estel back in 1995.  Throughout the years it's gone from a very basic machine to one with an outboard 1010 disk drive and ECS (its configuration for Classic Gaming Expos and Vintage Computer Festivals of the early 2000's) to its new Vampire state as a very mean computer with 149 MIPS (million instructions per second) compared to the original .56 MIPS and 128 megs of Fast RAM compared to the original with its 512K of RAM.
     For discussion, we'll have the election for officers and more talk on the Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2022.

          Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

P.S. Again I will be driving in from Stockton, and I hope I will not be delayed by the fog.  If I am delayed, I'm counting on v.p. Roger to carry on!  Smiley

 7 
 on: December 13, 2021, 02:17:15 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Here is the preliminary announcement for our next meeting!  It seems early in the month, but January does have five Saturdays.  Smiley

          Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 8 
 on: December 11, 2021, 06:20:42 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by JeffR
And now there are new Vampire offerings!

https://www.shop.apollo-computer.com/product-page/apollo-firebird-v4

Priced out of my range, unfortunately.


 9 
 on: December 08, 2021, 12:47:56 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     When I went to New York/New Jersey in September, I rented a car which was upgraded to a bigger car, a 2018 Ford Fusion.  I drove it around and noticed how quiet it was.  I took out the sound meter app on my cell phone and measured the decibel level at 70 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike.  65-66 decibels!  A full 4-5 db quieter than my 1990 Ford Crown Vic and 1988 Mercury Colony Park!  Well, the NJ Turnpike has a really smooth asphalt surface, and California highways have a noisier, corrugated surface, so maybe that Fusion was 4 db. quieter.  Future goal - get the Crown Vic and Colony Park quieter with sound-absorbing materials.  Smiley

          Maybe not as far as 4 db. quieter but at least closer,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class

 10 
 on: December 08, 2021, 12:40:12 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
    I have been faithfully giving a monthly donation to FeedingAmerica.org .  Now it seems I'm giving a monthly donation to Ahead with Horses - http://aheadwithhorsesla.org - one of William Shatner's favorite charities.  Smiley

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo

P.S. I realized at the November meeting of the Fresno Commodore User Group that we may be the only Commodore club giving a charitable donation every year.  This year, as in many past years, the $50 donation went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org

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