Lyonsden Blog

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

Zzap! Amiga Issue #12

Zzap! Amiga Issue #12 is out now

Zzap! Amiga Issue #12 is now available.     A Look Inside   Here’s a quick peek at the contents page and a handful of the 60 pages within this edition.         At £4.99 plus postage for 60 pages of Amiga...

Freeze 64 Issue #63 Fanzine

Issue 63 of Freeze 64 has just arrived.     Here’s a shot of the contents page so you can get an idea of what’s in this issue.     I’ve been getting Freeze 64 for many years now and Vinny continues to make...

Amiga Addict 23

Amiga Addict Issue 23 out now

Unbelievably I had yet another retro mag, Amiga Addict, delivered this morning. Don’t think I’ve ever had a four magazines arrive in the same week before, never mind on 4 consecutive days! Amiga Addict has been running for over 2...

Zzap! 64 Issue 15

Zzap! 64 Issue 15 out now

Wouldn’t you just know it, like buses, you wait months for the next editions of your favourite retro gaming magazines to arrive and then they all come at once! Yep today my postie delivered Zzap! 64 to join yesterdays Zzap! Amiga and...

Zzap! Amiga Issue #11

Zzap! Amiga Issue #11 is out now

My weekend reading material is looking pretty good this week, what with with Freeze 64 arriving yesterday and now Zzap! Amiga Issue #11 dropping through my letterbox too. This magazine, published by Fusion Retro Books, has been running for a...

Freeze 64 Issue #62 Fanzine is out now

It’s been a long time since I made a post about a new edition of Freeze 64 arriving. It’s certainly not because I’ve stopped reading it, but a few years ago I made the decision to make these sort of quick news type posts on...

Infocom Hollywood Hijinx

Hollywood Hijinx by Infocom – Classic...

Not too long ago I was fortunate enough to acquire a whole bunch of Infocom adventure games from a generous donor over in the USA. Even though the cost for me to get them all shipped over to the UK was significant it was all worth it when the...

Adventures with JiffyDOS

I recently bought some official JiffyDOS ROM’s from Retro Innovations in the USA and they arrived a couple of weeks ago. They came individually cossetted in small little cardboard boxes packed with fluff like tiny little eggs in nest. The...

LumaFix64

Installing a LumaFix64

I’ve actually had this LumaFix64 kit (from SharewarePlus) lurking around the back of my ‘future projects’ box for quite a while now. I was waiting for a good opportunity to fit it so whilst I had my C64 in bits recently to...

Commodore 1581 Disk Drive

The 1581 was the last disk drive Commodore produced for their 8-bit range of machines way back in 1987. It should look instantly familiar to Amiga users as it looks very similar to the A1010 drive and uses the same double-sided, double-density...

C64 User Port Expander

Over the years I’ve amassed quite a number of C64 peripherals that attach via the User Port. Off the top of my head I have a Wi-Fi modem, FM Radio, MP3 Player, sound sampler, Parallel printer device, Power Monitor, webcam interface not to...