Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 7, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures taken by one of our C64 Club founding members Tom at the December 5, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

C64 Friends and Long-time Commodore Computer Club members Kevin Savetz, Dan, Paul and Jeff looking through some of the awesome retro computing items at the C64 Club meeting:

Kevin Savetz C64 Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Always fun and a learning experience, retro computer hacking homebrew projects during tinker time at the C64 Club meeting:

Hacking Time Tinker Time - Commodore Computer Club

Marci and Tommy (Space Taxi Champion) having fun at the Commodore Computer Club meeting playing some games on the Sega Genesis with Master System converter:

Marci and Tom  Sega Genesis with Master System converter - Commodore Computer Club

Here we can see Aaron’s Commodore Amiga 500 with Rev 6A motherboard and also his Amiga 3000 computer:

Amiga 500 Rev 6A motherboard and Amiga 3000 - Commodore Computer Club

Paul from the Eight Bit Fix website and Kevin Savetz checking out Gray Chang’s design notebook from Synapse Software who wrote the Atari 8-bit game Claim Jumper in 1982:

Paul Eight Bit Fix and Kevin Savetz - Commodore Computer Club

Up close and personal with Gray Chang’s design notebook from the 1982 Synapse Software Atari 8-bit game Claim Jumper:

Gray Chang's Atari 8-bit game Claim Jumper design notebook - Commodore Computer Club

Giant rubber tubs of Commodore hardware and software for the Buy, Sell, Trade and Free tables at the C64 Club meeting:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

Both Jeff and Mike have been members of the Commodore Computer Club for many years. Here they are checking out some of the cool computers items to buy, sell, trade or give away:

Jeff and Mike Marketplace Tables - Commodore Computer Club

Sal made some retro computer logo T-shirts to sell at various Retro Gaming and Computer Expos. He was kind enough to bring some for Commodore Computer Club members:

Retro Computing T-Shirts - Commodore Computer Club

Always a hit at C64 Club meetings, a fully decked out Amiga 2000 computer showcasing amazing graphics, music and sound for all to enjoy:

Amiga 2000 - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a Sega Genesis with Master System game converter connected to a Commodore 1702 color monitor and a pile of games for Commodore Computer Club members to enjoy:

Sega Genesis Master System Game Adaper - Commodore Computer Club

A Commodore Computer Club member’s breadbin C64 is about to have a date with a soldering iron during tinker time at the C64 meeting:

C64 Breadbin - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

  • Commodore 64 (C64c) computers
  • Various games for the C64 like action, platformer, RPG, etc.
  • C64 EasyFlash 3 and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges
  • Amiga 500, Amiga 1000 and Amiga 2000 computers
  • Amiga games, music and graphics demos
  • Atari 1200XL with VGA outout and 1024k of RAM
  • Atari 2600 with several games
  • Sega Genesis with Master System adapter

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

Scheduled Presentations:

  • ACA 500 (ACA500) Accelerator upgrade for the Amiga 500
  • How to convert a Logitech optical mouse to Amiga using the KMTech kit

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday December 5, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 24, 2014 in Pictures

Recently C64 Club member, friend and Terrible Nerd Kevin Savetz spotted this pretty cool orange Commodore Barricade in New York City:

Kevin Savetz NYC Barricade - Commodore Computer Club

While Kevin is out and about for personal and work related adventures, he always seems to find rad Commodore “stuff” to share with his fellow Commodore Computer Club members, which is awesome, especially for his first love being the Atari 8-bit computer line.

“Thank you Kevin” for not only being a Atari fan, but for also showing some love to all things Commodore. You sir rock!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 8, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures taken by C64 Club member Tom at the November 7, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

Jonathan and Michael all smiles about seeing a copy of Compute Gazette magazine at the C64 Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Compute Gazette Magazine - Commodore Computer Club

Here we have a Commodore 64 model 64c using a Commodore CM-141 monitor. We can also see one of Jim Brain’s EasyFlash 3 cartridges in use on the C64:

C64 C64C, Commodore CM-141 Monitor, EasyFlash 3 Cartridge - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 1702 color monitor, Commodore 64C computer and Sal’s fully loaded Amiga 2000 retro computer:

1702 monitor, C64C, Amiga 2000 - Commodore Computer Club

At the C64 Club meeting we can see Michael’s TI-99/4A computer and Jonathan’s Apple IIe computer both running the classic video game Burger Time:

TI-99 and Apple IIe Burger Time Game - Commodore Computer Club

Check it out, a retro Atari 2600 Jr. console playing River Raid and a NES with a stack of Nintendo game cartridges, including the rare Tengen Tetris:

Atari 2600 Jr. River Raid Game, Nintendo NES Tengen Tetris - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Friends Aaron, Dan, Michael and Jonathan socializing at the Commodore Computer Club and Retro Computing Club meeting. Of course everyone is all smiles having a great time:

C64 Friends Socializing - Commodore Computer Club

In this photo we can see Sal’s Amiga 2000 computer. Also featured is Marci playing a game on the Atari 600XL 8-bit with a stereo pokey modifcation using a Commodore 1702 monitor:

Amiga 2000, Atari 600XL - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz was nice enough to bring his vintage Kaypro II computer to the meeting. It fired up right away as seen in the below picture:

Kaypro II Computer - Commodore Computer Club

However moments later Kevin’s Kaypro II computer made a snap sound, then the magic smoke was released from the back as seen here:

Kaypro II Computer Magic Smoke - Commodore Computer Club

Check out the huge amount of retro computer magazines on the buy, sell, trade and free tables:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday November 7, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 31, 2014 in Games

It’s Halloween again, which means it’s time for some Commodore Computer Club favorite halloween game suggestions…

Below is a spooktacular sampling of Commodore 64 themed Halloween classic games we suggest that our Commodore Friends around the world play today (or anytime):

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (1986) by Elite:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Ghostbusters (1984) by Activision (programmed by David Crane):

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Bone Cruncher (1987) by Superior Software:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Forbidden Forest (1983) by Cosmi:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Chiller (1985) by Mastertronic:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Freak Factory (1986) by Firebird:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Night Breed (1990) by Ocean:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

If you don’t have real floppy disks handy to play these games, you could always load them off the internet using your Commodore Flyer or directly from the Flyer on-board storage.

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. If things get a little scary tonight, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! HA-HA-HA!!!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 15, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures from our October 3, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

Tommy having some fun on the Amiga 500 computer playing Zany Golf. Remember, only the Amiga makes it possible:

Tommy, Amiga 500 Zany Golf - Commodore Computer Club

Sal laying down on the job again (hehe) connecting up the Amiga 600, Atari 800XL, Commodore 64 (64c) and Amiga 2000 computers:

Amiga 600, Atari 800XL, Commodore 64 - Commodore Computer Club

Mike D., Jonathan, Dan, Michael and Marci enjoying some Pied Piper Pizza food and beverages at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Pied Piper Pizza Food - Commodore Computer Club

Here we can see a Commodore 1702 color monitor, Commodore 64c computer and the Amiga 2000 all up and running for people to enjoy at the meeting:

1702 color monitor - Commodore Computer Club

Mike D. and Dan socializing at the Commodore Computer Club meeting. You can also see Marci hiding out in the background:

Mike D. and Dan socializing at the C64 Club meeting - Commodore Computer Club

The one, the only Commodore Flyer by Retroswitch being housed in a limited edition aluminum Flyer case designed by Marc Honey:

Marc Honey's aluminum Flyer case - Commodore Computer Club

Michael having a good laugh while he’s reaching for the Commodore 64c running the game Zaxxon… must play Zaxxon…

C64c Zaxxon Game - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 4, 2014 in Pictures

Earlier today long-time Commodore Computer Club member, friend, Atari enthusiast and Terrible Nerd Kevin Savetz sent in the below picture:

Kevin Savetz Club Commodore Pin - Commodore Computer Club

When asked for specifics on the origin and history of this awesome Club Commodore pin, Kevin said in part:

My mom found this pin in my grandfathers stuff. It’s probably from 1950. Some yacht club thing I guess.

So after doing a little research on what “Club Commodore” means, I found the following in a Wikipedia article:

Yacht clubs are organized like any other club or organisation with committees, chairman, directors, etc. Due to the connection with the sea and hence the navy, the various posts use naval terminology. For example the chairman/CEO is the Commodore. Usually, under the Commodore there are also the Vice Commodore (in charge of land-based activities) and the Rear Commodore (in charge of water-based activities).

How cool is the idea of Kevin’s grandfather maybe being a “Commodore” or chairman/CEO of a yacht club? Pretty cool!

What’s really exciting is knowning that Kevin has some “Commodore” related things in his family history. See Kevin, Commodore isn’t so bad Mr Atari *grin*

Thank you again Kevin for sharing this pin with the C64 Club and your family history with the pin.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the October 3, 2014 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 computers
  • Amiga games, music and graphics demos
  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers
  • C64 Games (action, platformer, RPG, etc.)
  • C64 EasyFlash 3 and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday October 3, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 15, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings program! Below you can check out the pictures showcasing our September 5, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

It’s been a while, but we broke out the Commodore 64 Magic Voice Speech Module and played some Gorf and Wizard of Wor with voice:

C64 Magic Voice Speech Module - Commodore Computer Club

Sal doing Commodore Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 audio and graphics demo presentations:

Sal's Amiga 500 2000 Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Atari 8-bit enthusiast and long-time C64 Club member Kevin Savetz playing Wizard of Wor on a Commodore 64, however he is using a Atari 2600 controller *grin* :

Kevin Savetz playing Wizard of Wor C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Paul, another Atari 8-bit user enjoying some Wizard of Wor, with speech. Paul was amazed at the sound and sprite graphics quality of the C64:

Paul playing Wizard of Wor - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club member Dan all smiles with his new VIC-20 Programmers Reference Guide thanks to our buy, sell, trade and free tables:

Dan with his new VIC-20 Programmers Reference Guide PRG - Commodore Computer Club

George and Kevin Savetz discussing some newly acquired Atari 8-bit game cartridges:

George and Kevin Savetz Atari 8-bit game cartridges - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz, Dan and Paul having some friendly discussions about the Atari 600XL / 800XL ports of Commodore 64 games:

Kevin Savetz, Dan and Paul Atari 600XL 800 XL - Commodore Computer Club

With all the talk about Wizard of Wor with Speech on the Commodore 64 computer, Paul broke out his Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit cartridge, but no speech like the C64:

Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit - Commodore Computer Club

Morgan and Sal playing some retro video games on the Commodore Amiga 2000:

Morgan and Sal Amiga 2000 - Commodore Computer Club

Greg and Tommy playing some Gorf with the Magic Voice Speech Module connected to the Commodore 64 computer:

Greg and Tommy playing Gorf - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a group picture with Kevin Savetz, Morgan, Rick Weis, Paul and Sal all smiles at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Kevin Savetz, Morgan, Rick Weis, Paul and Sal - Commodore Computer Club

Sal and Paul doing some retro computer hacking homebrew projects at the C64 Club meeting:

Hacking Homebrew - Commodore Computer Club

A huge “Thank You” to everyone from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area who continue to support and attend our Commodore Computer Club meetings. It’s really appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be October 3, 2014. We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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