Lyonsden Blog

A blog about Commodore 8-bit & 16-bit computers, retro tech and the odd gadget or two…

K&A Plus #15

K&A Plus #15 Magazine has arrived!

Received my copy of K&A Plus #15 today. This was another magazine heavily impacted by the current Coronavirus situation but it was definitely worth the wait. As with the previous issue I paid an extra €5 for the cover disk. This issue came...

Amiga User 9

Amiga User 9 (Print Edition) has arrived!

This issue of Amiga User 9 has been a long time coming. Unfortunately due to the inescapable Coronavirus the physical shipment of the magazine from Poland was severely delayed. Anyway I’m glad it has finally arrived as there’s...

Ender 3 Pro

Just got an Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer!

Ok so this post is a little different from my normal ones as it’s all about a bit of modern 21st Century kit. If you only follow my posts about old stuff then feel free to skip this one. So with that out the way, what am I on about? Well...

Replacement C64/TheC64 Maxi badge

Even though I have a real C64 I also own a TheC64 Maxi computer. Cosmetically this machine is indistinguishable from a real breadbin 64 bar one thing… the badge. For whatever reason (probably copyright) the TheC64 Maxi doesn’t have...

Hedaka Joystick

Hedaka Multi-Function HED-1 Joystick

While I was looking for a new gamepad for my Commodore 64 a while back I stumbled across this bad boy. It’s called the ‘Hedaka Multi-Function HED-1’ joystick and I spotted it on the German eBay site and imported it to the UK...

Infocom Ballyhoo

Ballyhoo by Infocom – Classic C64...

I recently managed to pick up another adventure to further expand my Infocom collection – this time it was Ballyhoo from 1986. It arrived in a lovely condition throughout with just a few worn edges and corners to bear witness to its 34...

The Valley Cartridge

The Valley – C64 Cartridge Review

Recently Tim Harris was kind enough to lend me a new cartridge based game called ‘The Valley’ for the Commodore 64 to try out. The cartridge arrived housed inside a sleek oversized cassette case complete with a very attractive inlay...

Eight Bit Magazine Issue #8

Eight Bit Magazine Issue #8 Out Now

I have to say the latest issue of Eight Bit magazine (issue #8) really caught my eye. There’s a VIC20 featured prominently on the front cover, a machine I have a real soft spot for as it was the first computer I ever owned. Most magazines...

Commodore 64GS Gamepad Review

A Little History Back in the twilight period of the C64’s life, Commodore released the C64 Games System or C64GS. It was a keyboard-less console that used cartridge based games just like the Sega Master System or NES. Unfortunately there...

Amiga Future #143 – March/April...

The latest issue of Amiga Future (Amiga Future #143) for subscribers has arrived. It features a fantastic looking cover incorporating artwork from the awesome new Black Dawn Rebirth game.     What’s in this issue? There’s...

Freeze 64 Issue 34

Freeze 64 Issue 34 Fanzine is out now

The latest issue of Freeze 64, issue 34 has just been published and posted out to subscribers. Issue #34’s featured game and interview is Manic Miner 64DX and its coder, Graham Axten. In the interview he discusses the improvements...