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Traces of history

When I’m at a garage sale or thrift store, next to looking for remnants of the 8-bit era, I tend to browse through the many books that are for sale there for a few cents. It’s not just for the books, but it’s also for the little references that people have left in the books […]

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Happy 35th birthday, Commodore PET!

It’s sometimes hard to imagine that computers, tablets, smartphones etc. saw the first day of light only 35 years ago this week when the industry was “launched” at the West Coast Computer Faire (WCCF). The WCCF, was the idea of Jim Warren, a computer hobbyist who had been toying with the idea to setup a […]

A small tribute to a great man

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A small tribute to a great man

It’s been a sad week, with the news of the passing of Jack Tramiel, one of the greatest computer pioneers. The tributes to Jack have been huge and newspapers and sites have been reporting on the news all week long. I didn’t want to do another write-up of the amazing life of one of my […]

Jack Tramiel 1928 – 2012

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Jack Tramiel 1928 – 2012

“Computers for the masses, not the classes” Words cannot describe the feeling I had when I read the report on Forbes that Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore and one of the most important people in computer history died last Sunday, aged 83. My thoughts are now with his family who are going through this tough […]

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Hooking an iPod to a C64

There are certain things that are somewhat hidden in your trusty C64, that sometimes only after many years surface and lead to great new things to do with your breadbox. One of these is the strange “EXT IN” pin on the Commodore’s 6581 SID chip. If you remember from my article on “30 years of […]

The best April fool!

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The best April fool!

The April fool’s joke that Google played on everyone today is perhaps one of the best, geekiest and most original I’ve seen in a long while. Basically, in a video (see the video on the right of this artice) that was put online yesterday, Google talks about putting Google maps on one of the classic retro consoles, […]

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Genlock on the C64

When you look-up the word “Genlock” on Google, chances are you’ll find hundreds of websites that talk about this technique and how it worked on systems like the Amiga. If you’re wondering what this whole “Genlock” business is about, here’s a little background. On Wikipedia, the definition for Genlock is “GENerator LOCK) is a common […]

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An unexpected link

Most readers will know that I’m a “bit” of a collector when it comes to all things Commodore. It was not the first computer I owned though. No, the first “real” computer I owned, well it was actually a games console, was the Philips Videopac. As a kid I’d play for hours and hours on […]

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Utilities for the 1581 drive

When Commodore released the 1581 drive onto the market, it marked the entrance of the Commodore64/128 computers into the realm of 3.5” floppy disks. The 1581 brought with it a whole bunch of improvements, like more disk space, a more robust storage medium (the old 5.2”floppies were more subject to problems like dirt on the […]

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Casemodding… we sure were creative

When it comes to casemodding, we need to go a bit further back in history than what’s mentioned on Wikipedia, i.e. that it started when users wanted to overclock their CPUs and hence needed more cooling and bigger cases. Indeed, we need to go to the era of the humble C64, the system of choice for many […]