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Amiga Events / Less than 2 months to CLASS 2021!
« Last post by RobertB on September 15, 2021, 09:04:20 AM »
Time marches on!  The Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show 2021 in Burbank, California, is getting nearer!  Now there are more presentations, new raffle and door prizes, and a nearby Saturday dinner buffet (mmmm!).  See the latest by flipping through the pages at

http://www.portcommodore.com/class

Writing from New Jersey,
Robert Bernardo
organizer - Commodore Los Angeles Super Show
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Amiga User Group News / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, September 19, 2021
« Last post by RobertB on September 15, 2021, 07:57:27 AM »
Happy summer, C= and Ami aficionados!

      The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:00+ p.m., Sunday, September 19, at

  Panera Bread Restaurant
  3590 W Shaw Ave. (corner of W. Shaw Ave. and Marty Ave.)
  Fresno, CA 93711
  (559) 271-0104
  http://www.dickestel.com/meet_loc.htm

After we eat our lunch, the meeting proper will begin with old/new business and then with talk about the Oct. 16-17 Amiwest Show in Sacramento and the Nov. 6-7 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show in Burbank.  Because CLASS is getting nearer, we'll lock down the video presentations for the show.

     We'll watch a brief video on the Retro-Printer Module ( https://www.retroprinter.com ) which promises to easily connect your classic computer to modern USB printers!  Supported computers range from the C64 and Amiga to the Atari 8-bit and Atari ST to the Tandy Model 102 to more!

     The Amiga 600 returns, this time with the thick Deluxe Music Construction Set manual so that we can more easily make music with the accompanying program.  Last month we tried out Evie Salomon's BackBit Pro cartridge with the Plus/4.  This time we try out the cart with  the VIC-20, thanks to its slot adapter.  On the C64 side, among the several new games we'll see, once again we'll play around with CAD-M, this time more seriously trying to design a CLASS logo.  Let's try to match the logo already done by Marc Rifkin of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and CBM veteran.

          Writing from New Jersey,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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CH / Electric Cars / Re: does anyone own an electric car?
« Last post by QuikSanz on September 15, 2021, 01:27:31 AM »

CO2 is just plant food, if rain forests are not chopped up it will be converted back to O2 and none for the worse. I'll stick with gas. Now about those rain forests, STOP CHOPPING!
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It's difficult to explain but I've stripped and cleaned 2 * 500 and 1 * 4000 keyboard recently.

It's a struggle but can be done with patience.

I put one metal clip on the keycap, put the plunger/spring on and then got a small flat bladed screwdriver to assist with pushing the other metal bar into place.

The trick I found was to fit the metal bar to the keyboard and then slightly open the clip so it pops into the keycap.
Making sure not to exert too much pressure on the clip and bend it.
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Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Does Install erase a disk?
« Last post by Michele31415 on September 14, 2021, 05:18:52 PM »
Holy moly, Thomas - you're a genius!  I renamed that file, removed the OS 3.1 floppy, did a CTL-A-A reboot and hey presto, it booted right into FS3: running OS 3.9!  I've been pulling my hair out over this for a week now.  Problem solved.  Thank you so much!
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CH / Electric Cars / Re: does anyone own an electric car?
« Last post by AJCopland on September 14, 2021, 11:52:39 AM »
IMHO it's like swapping one form of pollution for another. Air pollution and CO2 emissions for a battery that is mined from the four corners of the world and is almost impossible to recycle! I wish all the little Greta Thunbergs would actually study science! Some times it makes more sense to burn some fossil fuel that is mined/drilled within national borders (not shipped across the world like Drax wood pellets) as long as you capture the carbon with UK technology now lost through cut grants by the Tories! 

Correction: The endeavour continue no thanks to David Cameron!
https://ukccsrc.ac.uk/ccs-explained/

A couple of points you might not be aware of.

The myth that EV's produce anywhere near as much pollution as ICE vehicles is ridiculous even in countries powered mostly by coal.
And the UK uses almost no coal anymore and will phase it out entirely by 2025.
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2021/07/electric-cars-have-much-lower-life-cycle-emissions-new-study-confirms/

Battery recycling is tricky but it's improving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpe8HalVXFU
Renault don't usually recycle their batteries they repurpose them for example: https://www.powervault.co.uk/article/powervault-and-renault-give-ev-batteries-a-second-life-in-smart-energy-deal/

CCS is Bull***t, the video is funny but sweary, and probably NSFW because of that -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSZgoFyuHC8
Short answer is that CCS is just another fossil fuel support project, like "Blue" hydrogen (made from oil/gas).

A lot of people with solar panels buy EVs, and a lot of people who buy EVs end up getting solar panels
https://cleantechnica.com/2020/11/23/how-many-ev-drivers-have-solar-power-in-usa-vs-europe/

As for the original EV question. Don't own one yet because I don't need a car (UK).
Did take my mates Tesla Model S around California for a week though, never once ran out, twice charged it at superchargers after long drives down the coast and into the hills.
Obviously that's a high-end car but it was amazing and of course they're everywhere there so no-one bats an eyelid at you.
I know people with EV's in the UK, Tesla Model 3, Renault Zoe, and Hyundia Kona, and they all love them.
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Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: A4000 re-repair
« Last post by ahandyman59 on September 14, 2021, 06:59:50 AM »
Did you replace the 2032 battery? Those batteries are not receiving any kind of charge (and cannot be recharged), and only last about a year.
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I have an A2000 keyboard that had a bunch of keys broken. I have accumulated most of the broken keys, but I am unsure how to install the enter and shift keys without breaking the little plastic retaining clips that hold the metal stabilizing arms. Does anyone know of a good way to install them?
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CH / Electric Cars / Re: Fred Flintstone & EV Car Mating
« Last post by QuikSanz on September 14, 2021, 05:59:08 AM »

20000 watt motor cannot be run by pedal alone, looking at the battery size you can see that it takes more than pedaling to do this, even if it charges downhill. I'm sure you need to charge it a couple of of times a week depending on miles driven.

Chris
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CH / Electric Cars / Re: does anyone own an electric car?
« Last post by QuikSanz on September 14, 2021, 05:41:15 AM »

The North American power grid is ill prepared for that kind of load. Can't even keep up with air conditioners in the summer.
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