Custom vs. stock… old vs. modern… always underestimated but never overrated…

During the X2010 numerous variations of our very much beloved hardware models entered the stage… I have seen stock VIC20 (still in original packaging), customized C64, stock SX64 and also very modern equipment belonging to Datucker.

Datucker

Datucker

Datucker was very unfortunate as the fancy and hip equipment that he brought turned into a Murhpy’s-Law-home-wrecker while entering the stage. Several tryout didn’t let Jarno down but when he was set to get busy on the virtual turntables the hardware/software didn’t talk the same language anymore. This was very unfortunate.

Hardware specialist

Hardware specialist

Also the goold old soldering iron was set to maximum power the repair some C64-wrecks and do some last-minute cable manufacturing.

Stock VIC20

Stock VIC20

SX64

SX64

The SX64, which is in brisk demand nowadays, also flaunted it’s business like suit. This unit is still on the wish-list.

128D

128D

The bigger brother C128D didn’t sport that nice colour monitor inside… but still remains having it’s charms.

I must admit that i am thrilled to see that there is so many new hardware and software still being released for the C64, dating from way back… 1983 to be exact. I have seen several 1541Ultimate and 1541UltimateII, IDE64 and several Retro Replay which 95% of the cases was fitted with a RRnet interface for speedy floppy copy by the Transfer Team using WarpCopy64 to preserve software.

The transfer team consist of among others the following members: Mace\Secure, Mason\Unicess and Maestro\Avatar. They are really working like looneys get as much disks as they can throught the open-heart 1541-II. It is a noble job and we should all donate our disks (yes… me too!).

The Transfer Team for preservation purpose

The Transfer Team for preservation purpose

One of the many boxes lined up to be transfered

One of the many boxes lined up to be transfered

Also softwise there are nowadays many roads to take. I have seen from old-skool C64 music tracker composing to cross-platform compiling the sources. I have got a crash course KickAssembler using KickVICE from Daison/Avatar.

C64 music tracker

C64 music tracker

Customized Knoeki’s C64:

VIC-II fan built in for the necessary cooling

Keylock for CPU freeze

LED display static ’64’

and a few spare switch for future or historic expansions 🙂

Sporting a custom-color (pink)  FC-III

Knoeki's customized C64

Knoeki's customized C64

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