More vintage stuff

I got some more great deals on ebay, which I consider to be buried treasure, to expand on my vintage computing fun.  With the earlier stuff purchased, that raises my investment to $375 total.  I think I will stop there, because I now have to re-organize my playroom to make best use of my new toys.

XEM 1541I got an updated parallel port adapter, over the one I used for my VIC 20 software conversion a couple of years ago.  This has turned out to be even nicer (and cheaper) than the last, because it has the option via a built-in jumper to make it compatible with the old adapter and software.  But after using the new software, OpenCBM for Linux, I actually cannot see me going back to using Star Commander running on DOS.  I even ran this Linux session using the S-Video out to Composite video in on the recently-acquired Commodore RGB monitor — talk about an unlikely match of computer with peripherals: a dual XEON workstation using a 640×480 composite display to read/write to a 5-1/4″ external floppy drive.

Another VIC 20 !!  Honestly, I got it mainly because it was in mint condition in its original (aging) box.  And it arrived in mint condition, so I was not disappointed.  It is the “newer” model than the original production run — which my first VIC is — so it has the slightly concave keyboard layout, and they truly have more spring to them over my very used one. At that bidding price and the poor condition of my first, this was a real bargain, even as a keepsake.

The last of the mighty 8-bit line … this personal computer kept me busy for three wonderful years, expanding my world with its inexpensive modem peripherals.  I joined the local Commodore users group and assisted in every way to keep its BBS available for all to enjoy.  I had productivity and telecommunications software running off its 80-column video port, while enjoying all the countless Commodore 64 gaming titles on its compatible VIC II chipset.  I honestly felt bad for anyone who “invested” in Microsoft DOS computers back then for their personal computing — did they ever miss out on the fun AND the savings!

C= JoyOf course, I just had to get a pair of Commodore-branded joysticks, even though I still have a pair of the best joystick ever made in the bat-handled WICO version.

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  1. Added an expansion ROM chip today which adds a Super 81 Utilities menu on power-up — and only in 80-column mode. It is designed specifically for the faster and improved floppy drives in 1571 (5-1/4″) and 1581 (3-1/2″), because it not only provides all the usual disk and file copy, delete, undelete operations, but also supports the various CP/M disks formats in GCR and MFM.

    A useful addition for me as I continue to fiddle with Commodore and PC disk and file transfers between the native Commodore machines and the OpenCBM filesystem for Linux.

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