Saturday 20 June 2020

My Visit to the Amiga User Group of Victoria (Melbourne)

Paul hauls his gear in this truck.
And here is the C= gear!
Peter Weuffen and Paul Nicholls, the leaders
The back area of the meeting space
Vampire standalone!
Another view
And another view
The meeting place, Wadham House
Setting up
For sale or trade
The meeting is underway.
Repairing a big-box Amiga
XBox next to A1200
Another A1200 system
Amiga 1200 next to Commodore 8-bitters
Part of Paul's gear
A look inside
Nice monitor!
Paul's C64 set-up with plenty of disks!

Inside the Vampire
Xbox again
It's a new ZX Spectrum Next!
The back ports
Games in the machine
The side ports
A Spectrum game running
Nice joystick
I ordered the combo fried rice...
...from here for dinner.
Amazing!  I've never seen a game system in a monitor!
Whoa!  Another oldie!
Peter loves this game.
Yup, I brought A.L.I.C.E. to this meeting.
The OS options screen on A.L.I.C.E.
Looking around the room
Examining items
Showing off A.L.I.C.E.
Watching the driving game as Peter explains
Back to relaxing
Very studious
Paul and Peter close down the room.

(photos 38-44 by Peter Weuffen or by Michael Mavracic)

On March 15, 2020, I visited the Amiga User Group of Victoria at Wadham Place.  Paul had picked me up at my hotel, and we arrived at the meeting place at about 12:30 p.m., way before anyone else was going to arrive.  He and I immediately started moving things out his truck, and soon others came in to help us and to set up their gear.

The meeting kept going until 10 at night!  Not quite as long as the previous meeting I had attended in 2016 (at 11 hours long!).  ;)  It was a very busy meeting.  There was a lot to see and to talk about.  I was very pleased with this meeting, and I'd like to thank Paul, Peter, and everybody else at AUG for a grand time.

Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group -
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -

Tuesday 9 June 2020

My Visit to the Adelaide Retro-Computing Group

Gaelyne Gasson, long-time C= aficionado!
The giant Unley Town Hall meeting place
My meager set-up of C64 DTV and A.L.I.C.E. laptop
Some Apple II disk drives for sale or trade
The meeting is beginning.
Michael's set-up of Raspberry PI emulator and more
How Michael mounted his Raspberry PI behind the screen
And the screen
Michael and his gear
Another C64 fan - Mike
It was a promising start of my visit to Adelaide, South Australia.  I traveled by bus from Adelaide to Old Reynella and met long-time friend and Commodore veteran, Gaelyne Gasson.

The next evening, Thursday, March 12, I walked to the Adelaide Retro-Computing Group meeting, expecting to find lots of Commodore and Amiga computers as I had seen back in 2016 when I last visited the group.  To my surprise, there were none!  I was the only one there who brought any Commodore and Amiga content!  The oldest computer at the meeting was a Windows 98 (or was it Windows ME?) box; the others being modern Windows 10 computers playing networked shooters!  At least there was a Raspberry Pi set-up with emulators.  I was told that at the previous meeting there had been Commodore 8-bit computers.

Very disappointed,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network