Sunday, 16 April 2017

April 2017 Event

Commodore Retro Computing Event!
Time: 7:30pm
Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Location: Eastwood Community Centre Hall - 95 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood SA 5063

Cost of entry is $4 per person. (Children under 12 exempt)


April's event is a Commodore Retro Computing event!

We have delayed the monthly meeting by one week this month to occur the friday night after Easter.

Any Commodore retro system is fine: Commodore Pet, Max, 4+, C16, Vic 20, C64, 64GS, SX64, C65 (being hopeful here!), C128(D), Amiga 500/600/1000/1200/2000/3000/4000 - we want to see them all. We'd especially like to see stuff we haven't seen before, so no matter how obscure it is, we want to see it.

If you don't have anything to bring in that's fine, we'd like to see as many people attend to spectate as those with displays.

We will also have a presentation by Tony Clarke on Commodore 64 Graphics, and Paul Monopoli featuring the latest game developments for the Amstrad system.

We request that systems be dated 2001 or earlier. 

A popular feature of recent events has been a two player retro gaming competition. We'll be doing this again. We plan to have the projector setup with a retro gaming system.

Second hand sale tables for those wanting to sell Retro systems and retro system accessories will be available.

The event starts at 7:30pm, but for those bringing in systems please arrive at 7:00pm to set up. Please bring power boards and extension cables for your equipment. Tables are provided.

There is a $4 entry fee to cover costs of room hire, etc.

For directions to the Eastwood Community Centre please visit our website at and click on Meeting Location for directions.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, 12 December 2016

December BBQ + Event

Last Friday we held our last meeting for the year!  Photos are available on our Facebook page + Epsilon has written a nice comprehensive blog post covering the event which also includes additional pics.  Please see here: Epsilon's Blog Post

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

December BBQ + Meeting

Next month we are holding an outdoor BBQ in the gardens of the Eastwood Community Centre.  A meeting as usual will follow this.  Please see out page "Next Meeting" for full details.

Alexis Kotlowy has kindly accepted our request to present on one of his many homebrew computing projects.

Below is the computer that Alexis has developed and will demonstrate next month:

See you there,

George Foumakis

Monday, 21 November 2016

November - It's an Atari Night!

Atari was the focus this month along with the usual "bring any system along" as we acknowledge there are others who do not own Atari's.

I will just mention that there is a fascinating movie on Netflix called "Atari: Game over."  It features the excavation of an old rubbish tip where it was rumoured for many years to contain the haul of Atari's ET cartridges.  ET, a video game based on the movie, did not perform as well and Atari was rumoured to have physically dumped the cartridges.  Please watch the film for all these details as I am not going to go through them further.

Back to the night of the meeting we were experiencing heavy rain fall with hail stones as large as ping-pong balls.  Quite unusual for this period where our weather has been fairly warm.  Sue and another person from the Community Centre was busy cleaning the conference room prior to our meeting as it had experienced a small degree of flooding.  Luckily from inspection after, the water had only dampened the carpet.

As always we begin at 7:30pm (or 7pm if people come to set-up their systems).  I acknowledge Epsilon here for these photographs.

As seen below, we had Atari's Galore!

What?! A boing-ball on an Atari.  This demo certainly had a reaction both on the night and recently on our social-media page.  I was told that originally this demo was developed on the Atari and later ported to the Amiga 1000 as one of the original demo videos to see advertised on this system back in the day.

Ryan holding a Module from his Atari 800:

Lots of family fun gear here brought in by Paul.  Nice to see the original boxes!  Some real great art-work here if this tickles your fancy.  Video game collectors usually go mad over this stuff.

Ryan is currently restoring this machine to full functionality and was greatly assisted by Alexis on the night who along with Aron looked at the Schematics online and appropriately advised Ryan on which power-supply he can use (original power-supplies are not always available!).

Another demo.

A new person to join us enjoying a classic game of Donkey-Kong below:

Some great conversations taking place here whilst watching others having a game:

Paul Monopoli was here getting an old tube television connected with some help from Nathan.

A hand-held Atari Lynx.  Not only on display but was played by people during the course of the evening.  Interestingly it was released in September 1989 and featured a colour screen.  Compare that to the Nintendo Gameboy released the same year which had a monochrome screen.  It took Nintendo 9 years after this before the Gameboy Colour was released.

Some more chatter.  In the photo, Paul, Matthew, Andrew, Ryan and Aron (left to right).

Another Atari brought in by Nathan Butcher:

A shot here shows the array of machines in line:

Some more enjoyment:

Now we turn to the other systems.

Below we have a unit that Aron brought in.  He explained it was a test/service machine for devices that incorporated the RS-232 plug.  In other words, many years ago our printers/modems/mice would have these plugs that would go into the slots on this machine for testing.

Epsilon below emulating an Atari using this modern device.  Notice the Ghan mousepad.

Epsilon also had a PC Engine set-up.

This was of amusement to many over the course of the night, as seen below:

We also had a new person from Melbourne join us:

For the first time ever to our group we had an old PC with Windows 95.  This brought back many memories.

Nice to see some of the old games being run here which I haven't seen for at least 15 years +

It was also nice to catch up with Paul Monopoli.  Paul is now the Editor of the new Gametraders Retro Live Magazine.

Issue 1 has been released as is available for viewing online here:
I believe that a hardcopies are available at Gametraders.

Theo Karagiris, a known Apple computer collector brought in this LC Pizza Box to load up:

Below is an Amstrad LCD laptop type computer that was brought in.

Thank you everyone again for a really excellent and enjoyable evening.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

October 2016 Meeting Report

Epsilon has written a blog post with plenty of photos covering our latest meeting on 14th October 2016, with a BASIC programming theme.

Link is here:

It was a great night and we hope to see you all at the next meeting! :-)

Sunday, 18 September 2016

September 2016 Meeting report

Epsilon wrote a blog post covering the September 2016 event, with plenty of photos and description of the event. Link is at the bottom of this article.

The Amiga theme was popular, and we had special guests Trevor Dickinson from A-EON Technology and Robert Bernardo from Fresno Commodore Users Group fly in from NZ and USA especially for the meeting! It was a great event!

Link is here:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Special Guest Trevor Dickinson at our September 16 event!

Some huge news today for our upcoming September 16 Amiga themed event - Trevor Dickinson, the head of A-EON Technology will be coming to our event!

Trevor is extremely well known in the Amiga community, and his company A-EON Technology has been responsible for the AmigaOne X1000, AMIStore App Store, Enhancer, Radeon HD, Warp3D Nova, OpenGLES support and many more important developments for NG and Classic Amiga systems. They also own the popular and forum websites.

A-EON Technology in 2016 are busy working on the upcoming AmigaOne X5000, AmigaOne A1222, as well as software like Enhancer Software for Amiga OS4 (recently released) and Amiga OS3, and even Prisma Megamix hardware for Classic Amigas.

It is fantastic news that Trevor is coming to Adelaide and will give a presentation at our event as well!

We really hope that anyone interested in Amiga and NG Amiga can make it along to our September 16 event to meet Trevor and hear about the latest developments on Amiga in 2016! 

See you there!