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Commodore 264 series complete!

With the purchase of a C116 off Ebay I now have my Commodore 264 series complete. OK, there exist a few prototypes of the V364, but it never went in production. In the picture from the top: Plus/4, the tiny C116 and the C16.

The 264 series is a one-chip design. The chip is called TED (Text EDitor), the MOS 7360. It was presented in 1984 when the C64 still was very popular. It was not compatible with the C64. It had some nice features, like BASIC 3.5, but almost no periferals of the C64 worked with the 264.

The C116 was a small presentation of the C16 with the same specification: 16Kb only, while the Plus/4 had 64Kb. Being cheap and with it's rubber keyboard the C116 should have been a Spectrum ZX-killer. But it failed, as all 264 series computers failed. The C16 had the same breadbin case as the VIC-20 and C64.

The Plus/4 even had built in office software: word processor, spreadsheet, database and graphics programs. But it all was buggy and limited in use.

Zoomfloppy clone from Finland

Amibay.com is a good site to buy and sell Commodore hard- and software. There are plenty of people who still develop hardware for Commodore computers and sell them through Amibay.

One of them is Antti from Helsinki. He made a lowcost copy of the Zoomfloppy. Zoomfloppy is a interface between a modern PC and a 1541/1571 diskdrive. It uses a USB port and with the openCBM software you can copy files and d64 images to and from you PC to disk. It's a wonderful piece of hardware for little money.

Leaving for Greece today!

We packed the van and will be leaving within the hour for Greece. We will be travelling via Switzerland and Italy. In Bari we'll take a ferry to Patras Pelopponesos. From there we will see where to go next.
Homebound we will travel all over the Balkans.

Kipper2k's A500 RAM Expansion/IDE-CF adapter

Today I installed one of those RAM expansions for the Amiga 500/1000/2000 made by Kipper2k. I thin they are absolutely great. Not only you get 4 or 8 MB Fast RAM, but you also get a IDE-CF adapter that you can use as a solid state harddisk. You can't recognize your A500 after you installed this. Recommended!

You can get this fine piece of hardware here.