Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 3, 2015 in Technology

With Easter Sunday just around the corner here in the USA, the Commodore Computer Club thought it would be cool to showcase an “Easter Egg” put into 8-Bit BASIC by Bill Gates back in the early days of Microsoft.

If you type “WAIT6502,1″ into a Commodore PET with BASIC V2 (1979), it will show the string “MICROSOFT!” at the top left corner of the screen. Below are some screen shots*:

Here is the Commodore READY prompt with “Commodore BASIC” showing at the top:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

Now you type in “WAIT6502,1″ and press RETURN:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

As Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory would say “Bazinga!”:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

Legend has it Bill Gates himself inserted this easter egg “after he had had an argument with Commodore founder Jack Tramiel”, “just in case Commodore ever tried to claim that the code wasn’t from Microsoft”.

No matter where you are, who you are, where you live, or what you’ll be doing this weekend… on behalf of all of us in the Commodore Computer Club, we’re wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

* Screen shots provided by PageTable.com

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 2, 2015 in Pictures

The C64 Club is always looking for pictures of anything “Commodore” related and from time to time our members send in some pretty cool pictures to be posted on the club website.

A few great examples come from Commodore Computer Club member Kevin Savetz:

On March 14, 2015 at approximately 11:01 pm a C64 Club member from Southern California took the following picture down on the Newport peninsula:

Commodore Balboa Island Ferry, Newport Beach California

Yes! An actual boat, well ok, a ferry named “Commodore” was spotted going from Balboa Island to Newport Beach, CA. So awesome!

The Balboa Ferry is steeped in history, making its first appearance in 1909

Here is a pretty good source if you’d like to learn more about the Balboa Island Ferry.

If you are ever in Southern California, specifically Orange County, you should check out the Balboa Peninsula and take a ride on the ferry. There are 3 boats in the fleet: the Admiral, the Captain and of course our favorite, the Commodore.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on March 3, 2015 in C64, News

Dallas Moore from Marshall, Texas, who is a self proclaimed picker (you know, just like on the TV show American Pickers on History Channel) recently came across the original production molds for the housing for the Commodore 64C at a business liquidation sale:

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds

Earlier today Dallas put up a Kickstarter to help fund getting some unique colors produced from the original molds. Pretty cool and super exiciting!

The Commodore 64C computer case colors he plans on producing are Bright Red, Bright White and Royal Blue…

Commodore 64c Red Housing

Commodore 64c White Housing

Commodore 64c Royal Blue Housing

There has been talk in the Kickstarter comments about doing clear or black cases, which would be really awesome. Dallas did mention that rubber feet and screws will be included along with a Kickstarter limited edition numbered sticker/badge with each colored Commodore 64c case.

Of course members of the Commodore Computer Club have already backed the Kickstarter and look forward to seeing what other colors might come out of this C64C case project.

At the time of writing this blog post (March 3, 2015 @ 8:45 pm PST) there are only 21 backers and he needs to raise $10,000.00 USD, however the C64 Club is pretty sure this Commodore 64c Case Project will get funded.

You can follow along with the progress of this project on the Official Facebook page and also the C64 Colored Case Kickstarter page.

March 4, 2015 @ 8:43 am PST update from Dallas via Kickstarter backer email:

Thank you all for your support! We are amazed at the speed in which we meet this goal! Many of you have asked about adding colors. I will be glad to add more options as far as colors go once we have sold out of the 3 Limited Edition Kickstarter colors. So keep helping me to get the word out and we will add some more options! Thank you all very much for helping me get these molds working again!

So there you go! Dallas raised the $10,000.00 USD. The Kickstarter funded in about 24 hours and there is now a really good possibility that other funtastic colors will be added.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on February 6, 2015 in News

Due to ongoing family and business matters, the Commodore Computer Club will be on hiatus for a few months.

Hiatus - Commodore Computer Club

So what exactly does this mean? Basically for the next couple of months there won’t be any first Friday of the month meetings.

Hiatus: A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.

C64 Club members will continue attending various expos and events, staying in contact, and the club website will still be updated with random bits of retro Commodore computer goodness.

Once the brief hiatus is over, our normally scheduled first Friday of the month club meetings will resume and of course there will be an official update the Commodore Computer Club website.

“Thank You” to everyone who has continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since it’s founding back in April 2010. It’s greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please send a message via the C64 Club contact page.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on January 2, 2015 in Meetings

Due to personal and business matters, for the first time since the Commodore Computer Club was founded back in April 2010, we are needing to cancel a monthly meeting.

Please note that our normally scheduled first Friday of the month meeting for January 2, 2015 at Pied Piper Pizza will not be taking place. We appologize for this late notice.

With the January 2, 2015 meeting being so close to the Christmas and New Years holiday, a lot of C64 Club core members and friends are out of town on Family vacactions, etc so there isn’t anyone available to help get things setup on such short notice.

Keep in mind that Pied Piper Pizza is still open, so feel free to head over anyway for a nice dinner, play some games in the arcade or even a round of darts in the main room.

If you have any questions, please send a message via the C64 Club contact page.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 25, 2014 in C64, Videos

Every holiday season since the Commodore Computer Club was established back in April 2010, we like to showcase the SX-64 Christmas demo with all our C64 Friends around the world:

The above Christmas Demo was included on the 1541 SX-64 Test Demo disk which came with the Commodore Executive 64 (SX-64).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Commodore Computer Club.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 a fully loaded Amiga 2000 retro desktop 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.

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