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-Welcome to my website, dedicated to my favorite pieces of computing technology, the Commodore 64 and 128.  These two machines are where my fondness for computing began and where I have a lot of happy memories.  ​+{{ :​alien_love.jpg?​nolink 350|}}Welcome to my website, dedicated to my favorite pieces of computing technology, the Commodore 64 and 128.  These two machines are where my fondness for computing began and where I have a lot of happy memories.  ​
  
 I still use my C64 and C128 today and on these pages, I'd like to share the fun things that I continue to learn about them as well as some of wonderful hardware and software still being made for these 8-bit machines. I still use my C64 and C128 today and on these pages, I'd like to share the fun things that I continue to learn about them as well as some of wonderful hardware and software still being made for these 8-bit machines.
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 ====== LATEST NEWS & UPDATES ====== ====== LATEST NEWS & UPDATES ======
  
-**Game Review: Organism by Psytronik**+**Ledger64 and QuickNotes Updates**
  
-Psytronik has been pretty busythis first half of 2018. In this review, I take look at their most recent releaseOrganism, by Trevor Storey & Achim Volkers.  [[:reviews:​organism|read more...]]+A while backI wrote two little programs in BASIC called:::​Ledger64:::​ and :::​QuickNotes:::​.  ​have recently made few updates and bug fixes to them and are making them available for downloadif you would consider a small donation to help me keep this blog going.  ​Just [[https://​www.buymeacoffee.com/​l/​jWJeOM1YQ|Buy Me A Coffee]] and you will be given the URL to the .D64 image that contains version 1.1 of the programs ​Version 1.0 of these are freely available to you on my [[:​media|Media]] page.  Thank you for visiting and for your support! ​ ::Update: I've also now included updated versions for the C128!::
  
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-**More Fun With the Flyer**+**A new C64 game from Canadian publisher** 
  
-One of the reasons why purchased ​the Retroswitch Flyer modem was for backing up and archiving my collection of floppy disks before they degraded and became unreadableIt's been working out well, in this capacity, but I'm ashamed ​that I never thought of this use for it until now!  ​[[:​blog:​2018-06-29|read more...]]+happened to stumble across information about another new game for the C64, set to be released early next yearWhat excited me most about this new game is that it is being produced by a retro games developerhere in Canada! To me, this is fantastic news and is something ​that compels me to throw my support behind. ​[[:​blog:​2018-11-16|read more...]]
  
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-**File Cabinet ​Review**+**Review ​of Free Base for the C128**
  
-have completed a review of another noteworthy application published in Loadstar called File Cabinet. ​ It's an easy to use flat file database for the C64written by D.J.B. Shibley and published in issue 25 of the floppy disk magazine. [[:reviews:filecabinet|read more...]]+I've had some time to play around with Free Base, a free form database for the C128, published in Loadstar128,​ back in 1994.  After spending some time working with it, I've concluded that this database really seems to function like a very early version ​of a Wiki database [[:reviews:freebase|read more...]]
  
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-**Ledger64 and QuickNotes Updates**+**A failing 1541**
  
-A while back, I wrote two little programs ​in BASIC called:::​Ledger64:::​ and :::​QuickNotes:::​.  ​have recently made a few updates and bug fixes to them and are making them available for downloadif you would consider a small donation ​to help me keep this blog going ​Just ​[[https://​www.buymeacoffee.com/​l/​jWJeOM1YQ|Buy Me A Coffee]] and you will be given the URL to the .D64 image that contains version 1.1 of the programs ​Version 1.0 of these are available on my [[:​media|Media]] page at no charge. ​ Thank you for visiting and for your support!+After sitting ​in cold/hot storage for better part of three to four years, I finally got around ​to getting out my original 1541 floppy disk drive and giving it a test drive. Right from the get-gohowever, the drive didn't sound very good, nor did it appear ​to work properly. Oh boy. [[:blog:​2018-10-29 ​|read more...]]
  
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-**New Review and a Few New Resources**+**Is the C64Mini all that bad?**
  
-For the last little while, I've been using this excellent spreadsheet applicationcalled Calc, which found on Loadstar ​while back.  It'​s ​my new preferred spreadsheet app. for the C64 and you can read my review ​of it [[:reviews:calc|here]] Also, I've added a new section to the [[:​media|Media]] page, with a few user manuals in PDF form for a few products I've reviewed on the site.+My intention is not to turn this website/​blog into a C64 Mini focused one. But, I just had desire to share a few of my thoughts on some of the negative emotions the Mini is generating amongst some of the Commodore retro community.  ​[[:blog:2018-10-27 ​|read more...]]
  
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-**RAM Disk Review**+**Playing multi-game disks on the C64 Mini**
  
-Although it's more of a proof-of-concept than a practical utility, this program turns the memory of your C64 into a lightning fast RAM disk for your BASIC programs.  [[:reviews:ramdisk| read more... ]]+I've spent some time playing games from my own collection on the C64 Mini, but discovered an issue with disk images containing multiple games.  ​The issue being, the Mini only loads the first file it finds on any disk image, preventing you from playing any other games that may be stored on that disk. [[:blog:2018-10-23|read more...]]
  
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-**Disk Whiz Review**+**I join the Mini revolution**
  
-This is review of a smallbut useful applicationto help you with your floppy disk housekeeping dutieson your C128. [[:reviews:diskwhiz| read more... ]]+I was pleasantly surprised today with belated birthday gift from my son. Apparentlyhe placed this pre-order earlier this spring andtodayit was finally delivered by the retailer. I am now the proud owner of a new C64Mini specifically released for the North American market. [[:blog:2018-10-15|read more...]]
  
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-**Blogging With the C128**+**WS DOS Review**
  
-I know it is probably strange, but I really do like typing on the C128 keyboard. ​ It is something that I misswhen 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. ​[[:blog:2018-04-02 ​| read more... ]] +If you have a 1571 floppy disk drive hooked up to your C128, here's an easy way to turn it into a fast loader ​for your C64 games and programs.  [[:reviews:wsdos|read more...]]
  
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-**Online Floppy Disk Editing Services**+**Bad SID**
  
-There are some really good floppy disk editors out therebut most of them are written for MS-Windows ​and do not work well (if at all) on Linux ​So, ​have written ​brief How-To on using three excellent on-line floppy disk editing serviceswhich will work with any modern OS; all you need is your favorite web browser\\ [[:​blog:​2018-03-17 | read more...]]+Not more than a week after I finally get around to repairing my C128's keyboardthe sound started to crackle ​and fade out on meA quick jiggle of the video cable and the problem didn't go away. What was up now? unplugged the video cable and gave the video port cleaningbut that didn't fix the problem either  ​[[:​blog:​2018-09-27|read more...]]
  
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 +**C128 Restored and back in operation**
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 +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. ​  ​[[:​blog:​2018-08-16 | read more...]]
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 +**Creating an archive of game instructions**
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 +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. ​ [[:​blog:​2018-08-04|read more...]]
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 +**Game Review: Organism by Psytronik**
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 +Psytronik has been pretty busy, this first half of 2018. In this review, I take a look at their most recent release, Organism, by Trevor Storey & Achim Volkers. ​ [[:​reviews:​organism|read more...]]
  
 ====== NOW PLAYING ====== ====== NOW PLAYING ======
  
 ^  What I'm Currently Playing Through ​ ^ ^  What I'm Currently Playing Through ​ ^
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-|  **Organism**  | +|  **The Bear Essentials**  | 
-|  By Psytronik ​ |+|  By Pond Software ​ |
  
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