Friday, 19 August 2016

Photos from CommVEx v12 2016

Jim Drew's SX-64 with the CRT unit removed...
...and replaced by this ported speaker...
...and 10-watt ampliflier stuck to its side.
Which makes for room-filling sound!
Another view
The CRT unit has been replaced by a TFT screen.
Ricardo Quesada showing off his unicycle...
...for use with his C64 game, Uni Games.
Ricardo aiding CBM engineer Bill Seiler in a PET repair.
Saturday's schedule
Yul Haasman with his modded C128
Sunday after Bill Seiler tells how he repaired the PET 8032.
Game competition for cash!  Head-to-head in Uni Games!
Attached to the air wall using the A.J. method
My escrima technique needs improvement!
Actor Todd Bridges with his CommVEx t-shirt
Sunday's schedule (with breathing room for prize giveaway)
Vincent M. meets Todd

The July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 was another success!  We had a number of firsts -- the first time in a 4,000 square foot room, the first time a CBM engineer repaired a PET in front of our eyes, the first ever C64 game presentation with the use of a unicycle, and the first Hollywood actor to visit the show!

More photos--

Ricardo Quesada's photos

Dick Estel's CommVEx report and photos

Goog's photos

Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group

Thursday, 28 July 2016

CommVEx v12 room - 4,000 square feet!

Plaza Hotel employees Jillian and James in the pic
Yow!  What was originally a 2.000 square foot room has now doubled in size for the Commodore Vegas Expo v12 2016.  We have so much room now that I'll have to communicate with Dick E., who will be manning the attendance and raffle table, via walkie-talkie.

In Las Vegas,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Modded Commodore Plus/4

(Photo by Ray Carlsen)

Here is one of the modded Plus/4's that I had C= technician Ray Carlsen work on. The square power input has been replaced by a round DIN input so that common C64 power supplies can be used with it. Ray installed a Computer Saver to protect the machine from any over-voltages coming in from the power supply. For cooling the chips, he fashioned an aluminum heatsink plate to make contact with the heat-producing chips and left the BASIC ROM and the Kernal ROM free, because the former rarely fails and the latter is ready for a JiffyDOS replacement. Finally, he added in a tiny fan to get airflow moving through the cramped case of the Plus/4.

Going to the ViC 64 club of Victoria, B.C. tonight,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

CommVEx v12 floor plan

The Commodore Vegas Expo v12 2016 is fast approaching!  For those who are curious, here is the floor plan of the third floor of the Plaza Hotel, the venue for CommVEx.  We are in Ballroom 9, partitioned from the giant Sierra Ballroom.

Writing from Portland, Oregon,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Photos from Growing the 8-Bit Generation premiere

Leonard Tramiel, Bil Herd before the premiere 
On-stage with Bil Herd
What the audience saw 
(l to r) John Hollar, Bruno Grampa, Bil Herd 
Executive producer Bruno 
John moderates 
Surprise speaker Chuck Peddle 
(center) Bruno, Al Alcorn, Chuck, Leonard, Bil 
Much discussion after the premiere 
Chuck tells about how Leonard worked for him. 
Jeri Ellsworth listens to Chuck. 
Now everybody is listening in. 
Outside the auditorium door, the talk continues. 
Dinner after - Bil, Chuck, Luca Severini, Chris Collins, Robert B. 
Signed by Jack Tramiel, Leonard Tramiel, and now Chuck Peddle

On March 30, the documentary, Growing the 8-Bit Generation, premiered at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  Here are some of the photos from the event.

More to come,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Pics from RJ Mical's birthday celebration

RJ's cake 
The ice sculpture
RJ's world... we just live in it. 
Spinning the music discs in front of the dance floor 
How RJ's house was divided into food stations 
Mysterious RJ!
RJ in your mind!
The bridge in front of the Mical house
The C64 game box (reverse) for RJ
The C64 game box (obverser) for RJ
3/4 view
The C64 game in the box
The new Commodore group introduced
RJ (in the foreground) and the others are entranced by the game.
Sprite RJ para-glides over the landscape.
The opening screen
Sunday at the beach
Very cold but beautiful
Back to gaming after the beach
On March 19-20, 2016, Amiga engineer celebrated his 60th birthday in a big event with about 200-250 people in attendance.  Here are some choice photos from Saturday and Sunday.  For videos, see RJ Mical's birthday speech at and the Commodore 64 game created for RJ, RJ's Super Psychedelic Birthday Trip! at

Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group