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Commodore Free Magazine Issue 96

Updated 10 October 2023

Commodore Free, a longstanding and devoted Commodore magazine, has consistently covered beloved Commodore computers like the VIC20 and C64. In this particular issue, readers can anticipate an extensive feature on the SEUCK Reduc Project, C64 code hacking, and SuperBoot for SuperCPU. Here, we provide an informal editorial perspective on the magazine, closely tied to the Commodore Free community.

pages from Commodore Free Magazine Issue 96
Figure   Sample screenshot of Commodore Free 96

Review of Commodore Free 96

I can't seem to get enough of retro magazines here in my office. Just like the previous issues of Commodore Free, this edition continues to impress with its collection of vintage ads, useful links, and captivating articles. Although this particular edition has been around for a while, the content hasn't lost any of its charm or relevance.

Table of Contents

  1. Happy Programming
  2. Interview With Steve Morrow
  3. SMILA Interview
  4. Interview with Slartibardfast
  5. C64 Code Hacking
  6. Interview with Martin Piper
  7. SEUCK Redux Project
  8. SuperBoot for SuperCPU

One the floppy drive

I have a soft spot for those classic magazine disks; it's like taking a trip back to the 1990s. I used to eagerly pick up those double-feature issues and couldn't wait to explore the hidden gems on the disk. With Commodore Free magazine disk 1, it's a real treat. You get the entire text content of the magazine right on your screen, making it a breeze to read. The menu system is impressive, and I have to tip my hat to the menu maker for a job well done.

One amusing thing I noticed is the irony of C64 disks covering the latest in Amiga news. It's like a delightful twist of fate, and it adds an extra layer of nostalgia to the whole experience. It's moments like these that make retro computing so enjoyable.

Commodore Free 96 Disk 1 homepage
Figure   Disk 1 home screen

When I get my hands on a Commodore C64 magazine disk, one thing I absolutely crave is some awesome SID music tracks. It's just not the same without them. The tunes on this disk, I must admit, are pretty straightforward, but they have that magical power to transport you back to a time when computer-generated music was an absolute novelty.

Now, let me share my personal favorite from the bunch – it's Track 4, "Bye." There's something about the melody that hits that sweet spot of nostalgia. But hey, music preferences are subjective, so I encourage you to give all the tracks a listen and see which one strikes a chord with you. After all, that's the beauty of exploring retro gems like these – you might just stumble upon a hidden musical treasure.

SID Music selection
Figure   Disk 1 SID music selection

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September 2023 Update

It's been a few years since the last issue of Commodore Free, way back in 2017. I must say, I've been eagerly waiting for some fresh Commodore goodness, and it seems like the folks behind the scenes are up to something exciting. The recent update on their website about work happening behind the scenes has got me intrigued. Now, I can't help but wonder what the new magazine format might cover in the world of Commodore retro-computing. Perhaps they'll dive into the resurgence of interest in classic games and demos, explore modern-day software developments for vintage Commodore machines, or even share stories of enthusiasts who've kept the Commodore spirit alive. The possibilities are endless, and I'm excited to see what they have in store. Stay tuned for some retro-computing magic!

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