I Still Adore My 64 and 128

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2018

  • C128 Restored and back in operation - For the last few months, my beloved C128 was out of commission, due to problems with some of the keys on the keyboard. Fortunately, I still had my C64C to fall back on, but I was determined to get my C128 operational once again. read more...

  • Creating an archive of game instructions - Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I can't recall game controls as easily as I used to; at least with games that I haven't played for an extended amount of time. So, I've started jotting down these commands for easy reference. read more...


  • More Fun With the Flyer - One of the reasons why I purchased the Retroswitch Flyer modem was for backing up and archiving my collection of floppy disks before they degraded and became unreadable. It's been working out well, in this capacity, but I'm ashamed that I never thought of this use for it until now! read more...

  • The 1541 DOS Wedge - Recently I came across an old notebook of mine, and inside were some notes I made regarding the 1541 DOS Wedge utility program. This program came on a floppy disk, which Commodore originally bundled with the 1541 floppy disk drive. read more...

  • Blogging With the C128 - I know it is probably strange, but I really do like typing on the C128 keyboard. It is something that I miss, when working on the laptop. I would really like to be using my C128 more for typing documents, for the blog and such. But the problem is getting the text into a format that I can use on-line. read more...

  • On-line Floppy Disk Editing Tools - Like many Commodore users today, I have collected a large number of .d64 disk images. But to use these disk images on real Commodore hardware, I don't have enough floppy disks for them all. So, a good portion of my floppy disks contain more than one game or program. read more...

  • The Under Appreciated C128 - I was working on a new review for the site (on a database application for the C128) and I have to say that the C128 has to be one of the most under rated and under appreciated PCs of the 8-bit era. read more...

  • Playing Through Argus - Been spending some time playing through the game Argus and, although I'm making some progress, it's been a little slow going. Here are my first thoughts of the game. read more...

  • Additions to the Site - In case it hasn't been noticed, I've added a couple of new things to the old website, including a list of the Commodore games I've completed over the years. read more...

  • Steel Ranger Demo - Just by chance, I happened across the new game, soon to be officially released by Psytronik, Steel Ranger for the C64. The game will be released on floppy disk next month, but you can purchase a download copy today; as well as a demo version to test out. And that's what I did. read more...

2017

  • More C128 goodness - It's amazing at what you can find on the Internet, when you put some real effort into your searches. Wouldn't you know it, I came across yet another fertile resource for Commodore 128-specific software. read more...

  • Software for my C128 - I really like my C128. But, for the longest time, all I ever really used it for was to run my extensive library of C64 games and software. Recently, I have found a lot of C128 specific software, which is making me adore my C128 even more. read more...

  • Taking Things Into My Own Hands - As I was doing some maintenance/updates to my list of Commodore resources, I noticed that one website (which I referenced many times) was no longer available. The Wiki provider that hosted the Commodore Programming Wiki shut down the site. They no longer provided free wiki space. Another valuable Commodore related resource was gone. Or was it? read more...

  • A New Game for the Collection - Well, it took me somewhere around twenty four years, but I finally got around to buying a new game on floppy disk for my C64/128. What I decided to buy for myself is the game Soulless, published by Psytronik. And, after just over a month, the parcel finally arrived. read more...

  • Over Thirty Years and Still Kickin' - Here it is over thirty five years after it's release and there are still new commercial games being made for the Commodore 64 home computer! I just find it so amazing to see a community of C64 users still enjoying this amazing little 8-bit computer. read more...

  • It's Old School or Nothing - It may sound a little silly, but I foresee, as time progresses, that I will be spending even more of my leisure time playing more games on my C64 and C128. It's turning out to be the only form of digital entertainment that my mind is willing to accept. Because, the crap on T.V. and in the movies of today are becoming far too sadistic for me to enjoy, let alone watch. read more...

  • Loadstar and the 128 - I've been spending some time going through all of the disk images I have for the Loadstar “disk mag”, trying to document all of the games and applications which I find to be the best of the bunch. As I've been doing this, I've discovered that Loadstar actually published a fairly good number of programs for the C128. read more...

  • There is a Difference - Today, I actually witnessed a performance issue between a C64 model 2 and a C64 model 3 (aka C64C). This the first time I've ever seen a program function differently between the two models of C64. read more...

  • The Value of a Floppy Disk - Believe it or not, there was actually a time when 5 ¼ inch floppy disks were used as a form of currency. Okay, it may have only been used in the limited economy of my high-school's cafeteria, but it was a currency, none-the-less. read more...

  • Up and Running Once Again - Oddly enough, I found myself with a bit of extra time and desk space to actually unpack some of my Commodore hardware from storage and set it up once again. This is the first time I've been able to do this, since moving out to the homestead three years ago. read more...

2014

  • My Flyer Modem Arrives - It's been a long wait, but I was finally able to get around to picking myself up a Flyer Internet modem for my C64, made by Retroswitch. If you've never heard of the Flyer, it's very similar to the Comet64, which I've discussed previously, except that along with being an Internet device it also doubles as a disk drive emulator. read more...

  • Welcome VIC-20 - It's been quite a while since I've been able to add anything to my Commodore collection. But, last week, I was able to acquire a few components for which I've been looking (thanks Aaron!). read more...


2013

  • What Would be Launch Day Worthy? Part 2 - In Part One of this post I listed my favorite top five games, of which I would consider to be “launch day” quality, written specifically for the Commodore 64. In Part Two, I will list my launch day picks of games that were ported to (or adapted for) the C64. Again, I'll try to keep it to a selection of five. read more...

  • What Would be Launch Day Worthy? Part 1 - I was looking back at some of the games that I thought really shined on the Commodore 64. There are so many great games for the C64. Then I thought, what games would I consider to be “launch titles” if the C64 was a new gaming machine that was about to hit the market tomorrow? read more...


  • What Happened to Thunder Mountain? - I know, far too long to go without an update to the blog - but that's just the way it goes. Been enjoying some reading about a few C64 game publishers from the day, and wondered what ever happened to Thunder Mountain. read more...

2012


  • QuickNotes 64 - I enjoyed writing that BASIC program a few weeks ago so much, that I decided to do another one. This one is a note taking app. for your C64. read more...

  • My Favorite Time-Wasters - I probably spent more time than I should have, playing games on my C64 in my youth (and afterwards as an adult, if I'm being completely honest). But this is a short list of some of my favorite non-arcade type games that took more of my attention than others and bring back good memories when ever I play them. read more...

  • Ledger 64 - I thought I'd try and write my own specialized ledger app for my particular needs. So, I set off and began to write (in BASIC), a little program I've called, “Ledger 64” . read more...








  • Trying Out CommodoreOS - This past weekend I decided to download and install the CommodoreOS Vision Linux distro on to my Asus Eee Box PC, and I have to say that it was pretty good. read more...

2011





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