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  1. It uses a 3.6v battery. Easy to obtain and only about $8-9. Easy to replace and like all batteries it can leak. Have fun!
  2. You can play Duke Nukem 3D! and games of that era. I would replace the drive with an IDE to SD card adapter. Add more ram and enjoy. They are pretty easy to take apart. Just flip it upside down on a towel, undo a few screws and pull out the system board. Fun little machines in their day.
  3. One early experience that sticks with me to this day concerns my first computer, the VIC-20. The year was 1981 and I was 14. I took it over to my best friend's house on a Saturday and we hooked it up to the 'big' color TV in his parent's lounge. We were playing Scott Adams' 'The Count' with the VIC lying on the light green carpet in front of the TV and we were sitting on the carpet as well. It was our first exposure to a text adventure. Anyway we were stuck on the bit where its dark. At that moment my friend's Dad came back from a lunchtime session at the pub. He was a few sheets to the wind and he plopped down in his chair and stared at the big text on the screen for a few minutes as we tried to figure out the puzzle. Then all of a sudden he blurts out as he reads the screen.. 'It's too dark to see!' and then followed it up with 'LIGHT THE TORCH!'. My friend said 'Dad we don't have a torch'. We kept typing and trying to figure it out and his Dad kept yelling 'Light the Bloody Torch!' and friend was yelling back 'Dad we don't have a torch!'. This went on for several minutes until he lost patience with us, grabbed his newspaper and left the room. To this day my friend and still chuckle when we think about it.
  4. I would say nothing higher than a Pentium 200 MMX. You want something that will run 6.22/Win 3.11 and then Windows 98 via dual boot. 3DFX Video card, Soundblaster 16. That for me was the sweet spot of gaming up to the year 2000.
  5. 17/20. More familiar with the Fall than Spectrum games. RIP M.E.S.
  6. Sid Meier's Pirates! - I could just stop here really. PSI-5 Trading Company Space Moguls Airborne Ranger Times of Lore Wasteland and for just fun.. Mancave!
  7. and of course this is a handy book as well if you can find a copy... https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Mac-Scrolls-MacIntosh-Thousands/dp/0940235250/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dead+mac+scrolls&qid=1634423345&sr=8-1
  8. I presume you know of this one? https://68kmla.org/bb/index.php
  9. Another interesting product now priced beyond interest.
  10. Hey, your choice. To each their own. I hope you get a lot of use out of it and it doesn't just become an expensive paperweight gathering dust. Out of the people buying it, how many are actually going to use it to contribute anything apart from bragging rights? For all those boasting Dev Kits there is precious little actually being developed. The reason the C65 is so expensive is because it was a non-released prototype from 30+ years ago and only 100 exist and a lot of them are missing pieces. It's a collectable. Why you would really want one though is beyond me, because it has no practical use. It's just an object to have and then eventually sell on. Cool if you found one in a loft but otherwise not worth buying at collector price now. The Mega65 is a modern FPGA system that just happens to be in a knock off C65 case. It will never be as collectable or expensive because it has no real footnote in history. It's a copy of something with a few embellishments. It has no more practical use than a Raspberry Pi or MiSTer and those are far less expensive. And at that price its the Atari VCS of modern retro systems. Spectrum Next is a much better project IMO and less than half the price. Hurts me to say that as I am a Commodore fan.
  11. $800+ dollars basically(without taxes and including shipping). No thanks. Way to expensive for what it is. Thanks for testing it for us though! Those with deeper pockets (and maybe less sense?) can iron out all the bugs for the rest of us. If they ramp up production on a Version 2 and sell it for $499 I am in. Otherwise I can always get one from someone with buyers remorse.
  12. I still stand by my PCW8256 for Infocom stuff at least. However I did play Lurking Horror on a TI-99/4a with a PEB. The noisy disk loading and delay after you typed in commands kind of added to the tension as well haha. I really wish there was more stuff for my Sharp MZ-80B. That machine screams text adventure with its all in one design and nice keyboard. Or A TRS-80 Model III/4/4p. That green screen is essential. No colors for text adventures please!
  13. I hear you. I got the 'next' on this go around. It was pricey and is the upper limit of what I will pay for things like this but I did it to support retro efforts as I want to see more projects come along. The Mega 65 was on my radar until I saw the anticipated price. Frankly the X16 looks a more likely contender.
  14. Well maybe there will be such a demand that a second, higher production run will be done at a lower price. I would love one but the wife may not be too happy on me dropping $1000 on such a hobby item. Its going to wither on the vine if the machine is to scarce and too expensive.
  15. Color me excited for this one. Hopefully it is not a silly price.
  16. Wow. Okay then. R.I.P. Sir Clive. 81 is respectable but a sad day nonetheless. I know back in the 80s you and your computers were the enemy of me, a Commodore user. I mocked your membrane and rubber keyboards, wobbly ram packs and horrible screen colors but thanks to you computers were affordable and easy to get. So many lives changed and careers launched by your little plastic boxes. You were ahead of your time with the idea of an electric vehicle and you were a true inventor until the end. Now you can hang out with Jack Tramiel and trade barbs in a better place.
  17. Firstly, if you are using the original C64 power supply STOP RIGHT NOW. Do not ever use it again or get a c64 saver to plug in between the PSU and C64. Depending on your model (breadbin/C64c) it could be the PLA. Good news is replacements are easy to find. But firstly you want to ensure you get a trusted power supply and go from there. The C64 is so popular you will have no shortage of resources to get it back up and running.
  18. Yeah $750 puts you into A1200 country. $300 tops for a bog standard A500 and extras. My club was selling them boxed for $50 when we had some.
  19. Due to production delays the Electron missed the vital Christmas shopping window and was unable to get enough units in the stores to satisfy demand. It never recovered as the bottom then fell out of the market shortly after. And I am talking about the UK.
  20. I can speak from personal experience that the Tandy was not cheap! Not in the UK at least. I remember looking at a Model III in a store and saw the price and it was way beyond anything I could afford at the time. It was a professional computer. Never understood why it got the 'Trash' monicker either. I presume it was due to flaws with the Model I but the Model III/IV boy that was a dream machine in the day. Just like the Sharp MZ-80. Rich people computers. When I saw listings for them in magazines I really wished I had one. My Vic-20 C2n Was rock solid. Never failed to load. As was my TI-99/4a cassette recorder once I got one without dolby and a tone control (just volume) and used basic ferric tapes but there is no way I would have put up with them if floppy was an option.
  21. I think the only cool moment I had with cassette was playing Ghostbusters on my C64 and enjoying the 'Invaderload' program. Otherwise I was out of the room making tea while stuff loaded.
  22. Yes C64/128 probably has the most choices. However for that classic experience I would choose another system. For example, the Mrs and I recently decided to play some old Infocom games. I chose the Amstrad PCW 8256 because it has that classic green screen that is great for evoking text adventure atmosphere and a good keyboard to type on.
  23. Floppy all the way. I never chose a cassette for my Vic-20 or TI-99/4a it was simply all that was affordable at the time. Once I got my first disk drive (on a C64) it was like stepping into another world.
  24. Oh Yes. RiscOS is very much alive and if you have a Raspberry Pi you can download it and have fun. https://www.riscosopen.org/content/
  25. No CD-Rom until the Risc-PC around 1994. You could get one as an external device but the Risc-PC was the first one to come with a drive bay in the case. I actually sold my Amiga 500 to get an Acorn A5000 and it was quite an upgrade. But the true answer? It depends what you want out of a computer. Amiga and video production was unmatched for the price but everything else would depend on the software. I think RiscOS was far better than Amiga OS. The video output on the archie was easier to use with VGA monitors and the raw power of the Archie was better. I know I never missed my Amiga except the larger gaming software base. The productivity software was so much better as well on my A5000. For me at least it was a better computer in all aspects. RiscOS felt like such a great leap forward that when I had to move over to PC Windows 3.1 for a job it felt like a horrible step back. Glad its still around and I have a modern RiscOS machine I like to use from time to time. But I still miss my old A5000.
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