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Music AMIGA Maestro!

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Music AMIGA Maestro!

The 80s and 90s saw the birth of several different electronic music genres: from “Electronic Body Music” to “Eurodance” and from “New Beat” to “Techno”. They all shared one thing in common though: many of them were created on the AMIGA. The Commodore AMIGA, and especially its entry level AMIGA 500 system gave young artists […]

Transferring data with your TV

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Transferring data with your TV

Last week’s article focused on the universal Basic, called BASICODE and how radio was used to transfer the data as “sounds” to the computer. This “hard-bit-rock” as it was called by the German TV Show: “WDR Computerclub” was also transmitted over the TV, but it remained basically the transfer of the sounds, the bleeps and […]

A universal BASIC: BASICODE

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A universal BASIC: BASICODE

Some time ago, I wrote about the use of amateur radio services, like the “CB” or “Citizen Band” as a means to transmit data over long distances without the cost of the long-distance call. But this sure wasn’t the only “exotic” means of data transfer as compared to the more traditional use of a modem. […]

Strange peripherals… the Lt. Kernal hard drive

Strange peripherals… the Lt. Kernal hard drive

With CMD’s hard drives like the HD20 being the “must have peripheral” for the C64, one could think that they were the only one manufacturing hard disks for the C64/128 line of computers. Followers of my blog will remember the article earlier this year about Commodore’s own line of hard drives, the CBM 9060/9090, but […]

If it’s NASA, they must be using Amiga!

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If it’s NASA, they must be using Amiga!

Seeing a documentary earlier this week on the incredible voyage that the Voyager spacecraft both have undertaken, it struck me that these 2 spacecraft are still operational and sending us valuable data about our Solar system as they are hurtling now through interstellar space, some 35 years after launch. Just think about it, 35 years […]

Strange peripherals… meet the Spartan

Strange peripherals… meet the Spartan

Earlier today, whilst browsing the twitter feeds, I noticed an interesting post about a “Spartan” peripheral for the C64 that’s on sale on eBay. Now the word Spartan immediately brings to mind scenes of limbs and torsos flying all over the place (as in the movie “300”), so I didn’t really know what to expect […]

Computer art with an Amiga

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Computer art with an Amiga

When we think of computer art, we usually associate it with highly detailed 3D computer renderings and animations. But there’s also a form of computer art that is more tangible, that creates actual sculptures and paintings that have been designed with a computer. A fine example of this kind of art form is the work […]

The C64 drum machine

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The C64 drum machine

That the Commodore 64 had one of the best sound chips of its era, is a known fact, making it (and its SID chip) a great tool to play electronic music. But what’s less known is that the C64 also could serve as one hell of a drum machine/computer. Back in 1985, Compware released the […]

The C64 as a medical aid

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The C64 as a medical aid

Back in the 80s Commodore C64s were making their way not only into the households, they were also being utilized more and more in the medical profession. One such example is the use of the C64 as a bio feedback device. The company Schippers-Medizintechnik built a special bio feedback device that was connected to the […]

C64Month competition answers

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C64Month competition answers

Last month I held the C64Month competition right here on the MOS6502-site.  It seems the quiz was a bit harder than expected with messages arriving from my retro friends on Twitter and Google+ that they found 8, 9, 10 answers but not more.  I guess you’re all wondering what the correct answers were then to […]