etroComputers.Online attended this years Peterborough STEM Festival. We were invited to display a small selection of our computers.
If an Amiga can do it…
Who wants to hear some Dubstep; Commodore 64 style?
This is a question that always gets the classic computer enthusiasts talking – what’s your best/favorite 8 bit computer? Is it because it has the best graphics, best sound, best choice of hardware, best selection of games etc?
Based upon the Epyx Fastload Cartridge. This hybrid also includes a reset button and a custom ROM. Disk loading speeds on a Commodore 64 are painful, but not once you have one of these! Loads the average game in less than 8 seconds. Simple to use, just plug it in and GO! Commodore Key and Run/Stop to boot from SD2IEC or Disk.
The machine, which we call, the Armiga, is a beautiful piece of modern technology.
It’s built around a modern Dual Core ARM CPU, that plays together with our custom made floppy controller. This is the key of the machine: We’ve developed our own controller, able of reading Amiga disks, decode them and make them available for executing. Sounds simple, right? 😉
Here is a comic strip from “Computer Answers”, July 1983. Someone is confused between a Commodore VIC 20 and Vicks Sinex!
The BeebSID allows you to attach a Commodore SID audio chip to a Acorn BBC computer. The case was inspired by the Internet box used in the fantastic British sitcom, IT Crowd. I have uploaded a video to YouTube to show the device in action. Enjoy!
With some money I had left in my PayPal account, I decided to buy one of the EasyFlash programmable cartridges for the Commodore 64 from Sinchai.de
EasyFlash is a cartridge for the C64 expansion port. In contrast to traditional cartridges, this one can be programmed directly from the C64
You can easily create various classic computer game cartridges, program collections or even a diagnostic cartridge to track down issues with your hardware with it. All what you need to do this is a C64, an EasyFlash, the software available here and an image of the cartridge (*.crt). As these CRT files may be quite large, a large disk drive like the FD-2000 or an sd2iec may be useful. For smaller drives EasySplit can be used to compress and split large cartridge images.
EasyFlash is not a freezer cartridge like the Final Cartridge III or the Retro Replay. And it’s no replacement for a 1541 disk drive like the sd2iec.
Did you have a Commodore 64 when it was released 30 years ago? Do you still have it? Do you still use it? It would be great to hear your memories of this brilliant 8 bit computer. Please leave a comment below, and I will compile them all together at the end of this week. […]