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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.  ​+{{ wiki:​christmas_slide.gif?​nolink|}}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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 **Ledger64 and QuickNotes Updates** **Ledger64 and QuickNotes Updates**
  
-A while back, I wrote two little programs in BASIC called, :::​Ledger64:::​ and :::​QuickNotes:::​. ​ I have recently made a few updates and bug fixes to them and are making them available for download, if you would consider a small donation to help me keep this blog going. ​ Just [[http://ko-fi.com/davidb|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!+A while back, I wrote two little programs in BASIC called, :::​Ledger64:::​ and :::​QuickNotes:::​. ​ I have recently made a few updates and bug fixes to them and are making them available for download, if 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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-**Creating an archive of game instructions**+**A new C64 game from Canadian publisher** 
  
-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 timeSoI've started jotting down these commands for easy reference [[:​blog:​2018-08-04|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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-**Game Review: Organism by Psytronik**+**Review ​of Free Base for the C128**
  
-Psytronik has been pretty busythis first half of 2018In this review, I take look at their most recent release, Organism, by Trevor Storey & Achim Volkers.  [[:reviews:organism|read more...]]+I've had some time to play around with Free Basea 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 very early version of a Wiki database.  [[:reviews:freebase|read more...]]
  
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-**More Fun With the Flyer**+**A failing 1541**
  
-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 wellin this capacitybut I'm ashamed that I never thought of this use for it until now!  ​[[:​blog:​2018-06-29|read more...]]+After sitting in cold/hot storage for better part of three to four years, ​finally got around to getting out my original 1541 floppy ​disk drive and giving it a test driveRight from the get-gohoweverthe 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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-**File Cabinet Review**+**Is the C64Mini all that bad?**
  
-I have completed ​review of another noteworthy application published in Loadstar called File Cabinet ​It'​s an easy to use flat file database for the C64, written by D.J.B. Shibley and published in issue 25 of the floppy disk magazine. [[:reviews:filecabinet|read more...]]+My intention is not to turn this website/​blog into C64 Mini focused oneBut, I just had a 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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-**New Review and a Few New Resources**+**Playing multi-game disks on the C64 Mini**
  
-For the last little while, ​I'​ve ​been using this excellent spreadsheet applicationcalled Calc, which I found on Loadstar a 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.+I'​ve ​spent some time playing games from my own collection on the C64 Minibut 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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-**RAM Disk Review**+**I join the Mini revolution**
  
-Although it's more of proof-of-concept than a practical utility, this program turns the memory ​of your C64 into lightning fast RAM disk for your BASIC programs [[:reviews:ramdisk| read more... ]]+I was pleasantly surprised today with belated birthday gift from my son. Apparentlyhe placed ​this pre-order earlier this spring and, today, it 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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-**Disk Whiz Review**+**WS DOS Review**
  
-This is review of a small, but useful application, ​to help you with your floppy disk housekeeping dutieson your C128. [[:reviews:diskwhiz| read more... ]]+If you have 1571 floppy disk drive hooked up to your C128here'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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-**Blogging With the C128**+**Bad SID**
  
-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 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 format ​that I can use on-line. [[:​blog:​2018-04-02 | read more... ]] +Not more than a week after finally get around to repairing my C128'​s ​keyboard, ​the sound started to crackle and fade out on me. A quick jiggle of the video cable and the problem didn't go awayWhat was up now? unplugged ​the video cable and gave the video port cleaning, but 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...]]
  
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 ^  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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