New member here, though I've had my eye on CCUG for a long time. I have some Commodore equipment that I must unfortunately (and reluctantly) part with. I'll eventually put them up on the For Sale/Swap board. But first I have a question for all of you...
I've acquired a fair bit of Amiga stuff over the years, but never had time to get them fully installed to enjoy them. Most are in working condition (for sure one or two A500, and a finicky A2000). So... Wouldn't it nice if it was possible to donate this equipment (or maybe swap) but still have occasional access to it, to play the odd game or what not? Sort of like re-homing a cherished pet (Ha! Pun not intended but à propos all the same!) that you could go see and spend time with once in a while.
Something that just popped into my mind as I was typing this: a loan service, maybe for a small fee (to cover keeping the equipment at one's home). Just a thought. But yeah, inventory becomes a problem, as I well know...
While my best Commodore memories are with the VIC and the 64 (back in my military days at CFB Cold Lake), I've wanted to try an Amiga for a long time, especially the games. This is still on my "to-do" list, but I've run out of space in my house a long time ago, I've run out of excuses to my spouse for "why I keep all this junk", and I'm planning on moving to a smaller place. So all this is playing against me.
Anyway, if you think that's an idea worth pursuing, I'd love to get your thoughts.
Up and running: VIC20, C64 WIP: Plus/4 On ice: A500, A2000, Atari 1040STE, Timex Sinclair 1000, Atari VCS 2600 jr
I certainly get the need to try and keep the "junk" to a manageable level ! I know pretty much any game or application can be run an emulator, but it's not same experience.
I don't think a loan program has ever been in place, but club equipment is always available for members, if they are missing a piece or part (and we have it). The pile of club stuff is pretty small anymore.
I'll bring up the idea at the next meeting, but I don't see why an informal equipment loan would be a problem.
Anyway, again, welcome to the CCUG forums.
Up and running - VIC 20, C64, C16. Works in progress - Plus/4, C128, Amiga 2000. Looking for - C= Colt/PC compatibles and vintage consumer electronics.
I was just passing by and read this. What a small world it is... I was a kid growing up in CFB Cold Lake and had access to computers through the local computer club (MCEC). They maintained a small club space with a variety of machines hooked up (TRS 80 model I with disk + level 2 basic, apple 2, later a coco if memory serves but I was most interested in the TRS 80 at the time). Once a member you could book an appointment, acquire the keys from the base gate at your appointment time and privately use the machines. They also offered signing out zx81s on a weekly basis. I somehow ended up with one of them (MCEC is scratched into the case).
Anyway it's was a good idea then and would be a grand idea now if there were some demand and money was no object