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Commodore C64 Birthday Cake FTW!

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For my last birthday, my wife thought it would be pretty cool to make me a Commodore C64 cake at the last minute! I thought it was a pretty awesome idea anyways!

She made the whole thing from scratch, even down to the keys and the bits that go on top for the colour strip and the power light. She likes to make a lot of fancy cake designs, and I have been bugging her for months now that she needs to set up a website or something to show off some of the fancy designs that she does.

I almost didn’t want to eat it at first, but eventually the kids helped me along by cutting into it and enjoying the Commodore flavour 🙂

Thanks, baby 🙂

I have attached some of the other pictures for your viewing pleasure 🙂 Sorry I couldn’t save you a bit of the cake …

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New Commodore 128

New Commodore C128 & 1541 Disk Drive \o/

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New Commodore 128About 3 weeks ago I found a new toy online 🙂 Meet my new Commodore 128 & 1541 Disk Drive. Both are in really excellent shape, and the 1541 is pretty much brand new, it doesn’t have a fingerprint on it! At the same time that I got the machine, I also went ahead and bought an XA1541 transfer unit, which connects to a regular PC, or a 1541 Commodore disk drive and acts like the device itself.

If connected to the 1541, the PC can transfer disk images back and forth between the drive, handy for making backups, copying downloaded images back to floppy, so they can be ran on the C128.

Software exists to connect the 1541 directly to the C128, however I wasn’t able to get it to work, so I may have to build a special DOS box in the future and try it again. The software is quite old and might not even work with this particular adapter.

Information on the adapter, and others in the series which can connect to various commodore devices, can be found on the following site: http://sta.c64.org/xa1541.html This is an open design, anyone can freely made it, although I chose to pay a fee and bought mine pre-built as I can’t solder to save my life 🙂

After playing with the new setup, it was very handy for transferring SID files to disk for playing on the real machine. Its funny to me just how used to emulated recordings I became, as the real SID versions quite often sound very different. I will eventually record some of these and put them on CVGM.net.

I plan to use this computer to do a bit of coding in the future as well, so expect a small intro or some other piece of coding poop to come from me soon! Meanwhile, some additional images!

XA1541 C128 running 'BatPlot' by Adam West Group

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Commodore plus 4

Latest Addition To My Commodore Family!

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Commodore plus 4

My new Commodore plus/4, in excellent condition and fully working. Even has the original warranty, leaflets and factory stickers on it!

While at the local flea market this weekend I picked up a nice little addition to my family of Commodore computers, a commodore plus/4 in excellent condition. I even had to go out and buy a small portable TV so I could use it, as I couldn’t find my Commodore video cable anywhere, and of course none of the local electronic stores even knew what a 262 degree male DIN plug was hehe 🙂 Amateurs 🙂

The plus/4 was released after the C64. and didn’t live up to its older brother for many different reasons. While it had more memory access and some tools built into the ROM, it lacked many of the things that the C64 used for games (sprite abilities and that sweet SID sound) and so it never really took off in those areas. It did feature the first issue of what would eventually come to be the Amiga keyboard, with a much more comfortable typing experience than the C64 keys.

Still, it’s a great and welcomed piece to my collection 🙂

A Couple more pictures:

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