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A slice of pizza and a slice of MOS

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A slice of pizza and a slice of MOS

The MOS 6502 CPU and its family members have been instrumental in the rise of the computer industry. Without the 6502, the world of Commodore, Apple, Atari and even Nintendo would have been quite different. The 65xx line of chips has been part of almost all of the major early home computer systems and its […]

Commodore SFX

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Commodore SFX

Lately, I’ve been totally blown away by the sounds and capabilities of the Elektron Analog Four sequencer/synthesizer (yes, the same Elektron that produced the SIDStation). The capabilities of this machine seem endless and it’s something I’ve put on my birthday wish list, so honey, if you’re reading this… Not that I’ll be pursuing a career […]

The MIDIbox SID project

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The MIDIbox SID project

With MIDI celebrating its 30th birthday and the C64’s MIDI capabilities being showcased at the NAMM event, I was browsing the web for some really cool implementations of the C64’s SID chip. As you probably know, the SID is an amazing sound chip and has helped the breadbox in achieving its legendary status. Over the […]

Electrons, protons and Commodore

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Electrons, protons and Commodore

Having studied nuclear physics, news about discoveries of fundamental particles like the Higgs boson is always something that capture my attention. News like this becomes even more interesting for me, when I find out that some of the breakthroughs in particle physics were made possible with the aid of Commodore’s PET and C64 computers. More […]

Strange peripherals… the Triton Quick Disk

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Strange peripherals… the Triton Quick Disk

When it comes to disk drives, most of us will have used the 1541 or the 1571 with our trusty C64/C128. If you were lucky, you could have been one of the few to have actually owned a 1581 back in the day and used it with the smaller and sturdier 3.5” disks. But if […]

Strange peripherals… the Soft Card

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Strange peripherals… the Soft Card

In the early 80s, software developers were looking at ways to prevent the copying of their software and games, because after all, copying tapes or floppies was not that hard. One way was releasing games on cartridges, but the big disadvantage was the higher production cost, which would limit their sales. Trust the engineers however […]

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

It’s the time of the year again that we reflect on the news and the events that made the headlines over the past 12 months. Every major newspaper and TV show have some documentary or extra edition dedicated to last year’s big events, whether it was the facebook IPO, the discovery of the Higgs particle, […]

Let me carry your C64

Let me carry your C64

When it comes to portable versions of the Commodore C64, the most obvious one that springs to mind is the SX-64, the world’s first color portable computer, which was released in 1983. It’s portable, but with its 11Kg and quite large dimensions, it sure is not the easiest thing to carry around. The others, the […]

There and back again

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There and back again

With The Hobbit now showing on screens across Europe (in 2D, 3D and even the HFR 3D – 48fps!) most of us are probably looking forward to seeing Peter Jackson’s next Tolkien trilogy after the massively successful and Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings movies this weekend at a local theater. Chances are, if […]

A world in a single line of code

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A world in a single line of code

“To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour”… it was part of a poem by William Blake, an 18th century poet whose works echo the mantra of “imagination before reason”. I used this specific […]