The Null Device

A few days ago, I dreamt that I saw a new Commodore 64. It was like the old one (well, the white, triangular one, anyway), but for one addition: beneath the joystick ports, there was a USB socket. Apparently there was logic onboard which translated USB mass storage to the Commodore's crippled IEEE-488, allowing the C64 to access ZIP disks and the like as if they were 1541 disks. Then I realised that the USB translator logic would probably be more complex and computationally powerful than the C64 itself.

And, as if by coincidence, NtK tells me that some enthusiastic soul is reviving Zzap!64 Magazine, undoubtedly reliving cherished childhood fantasies. Don't expect to see issue 107 at newsstands anytime soon, though if you have a fast link and a colour printer, you can print out yourself and show it to your trainspotter mates. (It's only 30Mb in PDF format.) And if that's not enough, they have an archive of back-issues, in HTML and scans; this includes a number of features, including Andrew Braybrook's Paradroid diary.

I wasn't a Zzap! reader during the 80s; I preferred Commodore Computing International, which had a bit more in the way of technical details. Now I just read Future Music, which fills a similar niche, though is perhaps a bit less silly. What is it about English tech magazines?

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Posted by: Graham http:// Mon Mar 4 08:23:43 2002

Hmm. Isn't it weird though how English Magazine Wit has managed to local magazines in that same vein. That sort of thing amused me until I was about 25. The last copy of FM I bought I realised it was just turning into E3 with the babes holding bits of kit thing. And the interviews are about as substantial as Q's.

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Mon Mar 4 08:54:01 2002

To their credit, FM have dispensed with the cover girls, and they do have interesting articles, not to mention the odd sample CD worth getting.

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