It was great to see all those who came to the June meeting, and I hope everyone has a terriffic summer!
For those who couldn't make it, we had AA give a fascinating presentation on the ZX Sinclair Next - which the astute among you will likely be inclined to correctly point out that this is not a Commodore computer. Even so, it was able to play SID files so we let it slide. And since AA is the FPGA programmer for that project, and had with him only one of three prototype units in existence, it was quite interesting to obtain from him a glimpse into what is going on in another area of the retro computing scene.
There was, of course, lots of story-telling and catching up done by all, not to mention coffee drinking and donut eating - all that good stuff too.
Anyway, it was great to meet those of you whom I had not met before, and to see those of you whom I had, albeit over 20 years ago!
If anyone feels the need to scratch that retro itch over the summer, I'd encourage you to "call" one of the many Commodore bulletin boards out there and join in the conversation on actual (or sometimes emulated) Commodore hardware. Probably one of the most up-to-date lists of Bulletin Board Services (BBSes) still operational can be found at cbbsoutpost.servebbs.com/ and you don't even need to be running a Commodore computer to connect to them, what with this new-fangled technology called the Internet. In most cases you can use any telnet client (Putty is a popular, free telnet client that runs on Windows - you can download it here: www.putty.org/) or for a more familiar and colorful online experiece, you could download CGTerm or SyncTerm, both of which can talk Commodore's PETSCII language and display Commodore colors and graphics, which many of the BBSes make extensive use of.
Of course, if you are feeling more adventurous you could even connect your actual C64 or C128 to the Internet and call these boards using a proper terminal (I typically use CCGMS or Hyperterm) and there are various ways of doing this, but probably topic for another discussion.
Regardless of how you do it, I find that calling Commodore bulletin boards is one of the most rewarding ways to stay connected to the Commodore community at large. I'd be happy to help anyone get connected, post questions on this forum or send me a private message.