Going 8-bit

Have you ever wondered what made me rekindle my old love for 8-bit computers and also become an avid collector? This very extensive article is a collage of my two publications Going 8-bit Part 1: "back to where it all began" and Going 8-bit Part 2: "better than diggin' up cartridges in the desert" (the last title was a homage ...

Return C64C housing

What is it like when you look at something from a different angle, under a different light? To rediscover something familiar, perhaps even to redefine a small part of the story? Subtle and inconspicuous as if it had always been so? We would like to try this today with the new Return C64C housings. The idea is no longer entirely ...

Pentagorat for VIC-20

When the VIC-20 saw the light of day in 1981, no one expected it being the first home computer to sell more than one million units. Today, the VIC is often overshadowed by its well-known big brother the Commodore 64 and that's really a shame. The VIC-20 is one of those computers to have, which is exactly what Mika Keränen ...

Tapes from the Crypt

Isn't it our responsibility to preserve the heritage of the golden era of home computing? Too much is already gone forever in the perpetual tides of time, washed away and never to return again. Imagine how many treasures and secrets still reside on forgotten tapes and floppies, waiting to finally being recovered from their crypt? Retro computer archaeology is what ...

Penultimate Cartridge for VIC-20

Once upon a time there was a thingy called the Mega-Cart. Some say it may be the best cartridge that was ever released for the VIC-20. Some consider it as vaporware these days, while others think the inventor of the Mega-Cart was overwhelmed by its success, unable to cope with the demand.  As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between. For me, ...