April 2018 Meeting

The next TPUG meeting will be on Thursday April 19th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  This month’s topic is hardware testing and diagnostics – let’s hear your tips and techniques, and bring any troubleshooting tools you’ve collected/assembled.  Plus! A report from the MidWest Gaming Classic and an overview of the VR64 by creator Jim Happel.

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Website Updates

As you may or may not have noticed, TPUG’s website is now being served securely via https. If you do notice anything that is not coming in over https, please let me know.

Don’t forget that we’ve got phpBB-based forums as well. You can find them via the top navigation bar. I’ve recently enabled RSS syndication for the forums. Subscribe in your favourite RSS reader at https://www.tpug.ca/forums/feed.php. I realize that they are not terribly busy, but subscribing means that you won’t miss anything by forgetting to visit.

 

Jim Butterfield Tribute Day March 17 2018

Just a reminder to everyone that this Saturday, March 17, the Personal Computer Museum is hosting a special tribute to Jim Butterfield.

In attendance will be Vicki Butterfield (Jim’s wife). We are also hoping that Karl Hildon (Transactor) and Steve Punter (WordPro, Punter Protocol) will also be in attendance (neither are confirmed but both have indicated they will try to be there)    Come share your fondest memories of Jim, play with some of his computers, discover facts about him you didn’t know – and even get a chance to win a copy of his book “Machine Language for the Commodore 64 and other Commodore Computers” that was owned by Jim himself.

We have some of the neatest things like the famous “smoking jacket” that was pictured in the infamous “centrefold” in Transactor magazine. Get a unique chance to have your picture taken with this piece and much, much more.


Details: Jim Butterfield Tribute Day

Where: Personal Computer Museum
Address: 13 Alma Street, Brantford, ON (rear building)
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cost: Admission is by donation
  • Pizza will be served around noon, you are welcome to participate (just throw a few bucks into the donation bin to help cover the costs)
  • If you have any e-waste or special computer donations (computers, software, books, magazines, etc) please feel free to bring those along as well.
  • Since Jim was important to the founding of TPUG, we hope to see many of you there!

March 2018 Meeting

The next TPUG meeting will be on Thursday March 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  This month’s topic is Computer Science in School.  What machine(s) did you start with and learn on?  What did you learn that did (or didn’t) apply to modern computing?  Bring your recollections, stories and any keepsakes from your school days for some great discussion.

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February 2018 Meeting *AGM*

The next TPUG meeting will be on Thursday February 15th, 2018 at 7:00 PMIt’s our Annual General Meeting so please make a special effort to attend.  Following the AGM we’ll have the usual chapter meeting.

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December 2017 Meeting

The next TPUG meeting will be on Thursday December 21st, 2017 at 7:30 PM.   This is our annual informal Christmas get-together, we’ll watch some classic Commodore holiday-themed demos and play some games!  Feel free to bring drinks and snacks.

Plus the usual discussions on all things Commodore and retrocomputing and a recap of World of Commodore 2017.

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COMAL Reference Guide

I came across the COMAL Reference Guide as I was browsing through an old TPUG Magazine issue. I had not realized that this book was an actual TPUG publication. So, for completeness purposes, you can find it on the Club Archives page. Thanks to DLH @ bombjack.