I'm trying to bring some focus into my Amiga collection and that means I'm going to let go some of the items in my collection. Some really cool items are up for sale. Contact me for details if you're interested. Here are the first couple of items I'm putting up for sale: A500 accelerators!!!! Hardcore Amiga collectors know how valuable these are! :-)

DCE Viper 520 CD :  399 EUR SOLD!!!!
CSA Mega Midget Racer :  399 EUR SOLD!!!!

 If you're interested in buying contact me at this email address.

Everything has been sold!

Captain's Log / star date 2010.1207

Just liked to draw your attention to a new book that's come out about Commodore. It's the second edition of a book by author Brian Bagnall that chronicles the rise and fall of our beloved Commodore. I've read and own the first edition of this book, that was originally titled "On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore". It was an absolute blast to read and offered a fascinating inside look into the goings on of Commodore from its birth in the late 70's, to it's glory days in the 80's, to its spectacular collapse in 1994. This original first edition was published in 2005 and has been long sold out, fetching crazy prices on eBay and Amazon ($300 US or more is not an exception). 

Now, finally after a five long years a new and revised version of this book is published with so much more new material that it had to be split in two parts. The first part is now available as a 548 page hard cover. You can order a signed edition of the book directly from the publisher here. The book should be available from other online book stores like Amazon soon and no, I don't have any financial interest in this book, nor do I get a kickback for any book sold linked from this site. I just happen to love the original read and hope I can support the author in a small way by giving this book a plug on my site. My signed edition is already in the mail and I hope it'll be here in time for the holidays. Nothing like a good book when it's cold outside!

Wow! Another one for the books it seems. Today a Commodore Amiga A4000T was sold on eBay for the whopping amount of nearly 3700 euro! At the current exchange rate this comes close to $5,000 US. The Commodore A4000T is one of the last machines that Commodore created before it finally destroyed itself due to incompetence and mismanagement. The A4000T is the tower version of the A4000 desktop (hence the 'T' in the name). You'd be forgiven for thinking this was just the same motherboard that the desktop version had, but stuck inside a tower. The A4000T had a way bigger motherboard, superior expansion capabilities and both SCSI and IDE interfaces and it looked kickass! The design of the A4000T is simply beautiful. Because Commodore was already in dire straits when production of the A4000T took off, it seems that only a handful were produced. It is estimated that only 200 units were manufactured, making this beast incredibly rare and expensive!

The above A4000T was sold in Germany and was a local pickup-only item, which has probably affected the ultimate selling price. It's not completely unthinkable that it would've sold for way more, had the auction allowed for international shipping. The unit was sold as working and included a host of goodies inside, like a Cyberstorm 68060 accelerator card.

Note: After Commodore went bankrupt, the new owners of the Amiga properties released their own versions of the A4000T. Although these tend to sell for good prices as well, they're not nearly as rare as a Commodore A4000T. Also, the case design of these is not as good looking as that of Commodore's A4000T and does not have the Commodore logo on the front of the case.

Captain's Log / star date 2010.1006

Viva Amiga is the name of a documentary that is currently still in the works and will probaby end up being a long overdue tribute to the greatest homecomputer of all times (IMHO)! The documentary is a work of love by Zach Weddington and you can check up on its progress by visiting the official website for the Viva Amiga documentary here.

There's also an official trailer available that you can check out on the Viva Amiga website or by checking out the embedded YouTube video below!!

Captain's Log / star date 2010.1004

Last week a working Commodore 65 prototype was for sale on eBay. The Commodore 65 was the true successor to the venerable C64 and would have been the last 8-bit machine from Commodore featuring a vastly improved and pumped up system that retained backward compatiblity with the C64. It featured 256-colour graphics from a palette of 4096 colours, a 3.5-inch built-in diskdrive (like the Amiga), CPU clocked at 3.5 MHz, 128 kB of memory, expandable to a total of 8MB and a much improved, more powerful version of the BASIC programming language!

When Commodore went tits up in 1994, prototypes of the C65 got into the hands of private collectors. Prototypes of the C65 exist in various states, from non-working to working and everything in between. This auction was for a working model, which is pretty rare. It seems there weren't any takers (that we know of!), because the auction ended without any bidders. The asking price was around €8,600, which is probably out of range for most of us, but it's still a mythical machine that I would love to own one day!!


Captain's Log / star date 2010.0419

U.S. Gold was one of the biggest European game publishers in the 80's and early 90's. As the name would suggest, a lot of their releases were imports from the U.S. One thing that I fondly remember is a little flyer that was included with most of their releases around 1991 or so. I used to literally spend ages looking at the various games that were advertised in there, drooling over the screenshots and hoping I could own them all!

I recently found a couple of snapshots I made of the catalog/flyer a while ago. I'll try and scan the catalog properly and post it here (as soon as I can find it!). But the photos above are enough to illustrate how attractive looking this flyer was. I'm starting to think there was another version of this same flyer, because I remember seeing the various LucasFilm releases in there too! Ah well, something to look out for.

Captain's Log / star date 2010.0418

Just a small site update. I have fixed some dead links and uploaded some new photographs to the Software pages. Check out some of the boxed games I have on the Games page and when you're done, also check out a sampling of the more serious software on the Utilities page. Enjoy!

Captain's Log / star date 2010.0408

Amiga users are cool. Sure, you'll have your rotten apple here and there, but the majority of Amiga users I know or have met (either online or in real life) are really nice people! Case in point, or rather, 2 cases in point! I was recently contacted by a former Amiga user from the UK who offered me his A1200 including loads of extra stuff like 2 joysticks, an Alfa Data mouse/joystick switch, joystick extension cables, loads of extra software and books and manuals. Problem is, I live in the Netherlands, so I replied him that I would be interested if he were willing to send the goods to me and I'd pay for the shipping costs if they weren't too high (shipping abroad from the UK can be a costly exercise, even to the UK's little neighbour, the Netherlands). Fortunately, this generous person had to be in the Amsterdam area for business this week and offered to take the whole lot along with him so that I could pick it up at the hotel he was staying in! So yesterday I drove up there after work and collected these lovely retro goodies. Really cool. I get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when generous and helpful people like this cross my path in life. So Keith, if you happen to read this, thanks a lot!

Stack of CU Amiga.jpgCU Amiga Cover Disks_2.jpg

Second case in point. I happen to think that CU Amiga is the best Amiga magazine ever made in this universe! A couple of years ago I started to collect the magazine in its various guises and the coverdisks that went along with them. A total of 195 cover disks were published and I have nearly all of them. Only 4 were missing up until recently. 2 months ago I stumbled upon two eBay auctions for CU Amiga cover disk numbers 158 and 159, two of the missing coverdisks in my collection. I was very happy to have won the auction, but alas, fate would have it that the package got lost in the mail! I contacted the seller, but unfortunately there was no way of tracing the package because it wasn't sent by registered mail. He offered me any other 2 coverdisks instead, but seeing as I already have nearly all of them (some of them double, triple of quadruple!) I decided not to take him up on the offer. I also told him I wouldn't be needing a refund. A little while later this same seller contacted me and told me he had a new batch of CU Amigas including the ones with coverdisks 158 and 159. He offered to send them to me only for the cost of shipping! Needless to say I took him up on his offer, but this time by registered air mail! The disks recently arrived safely and have been added to my CU Amiga coverdisks collection, which is now only missing two disks (166 and 191, if you have them and want to sell or trade 'em, contact me!!). I tried to leave this great eBay seller positive feedback, but because the auction was completed too far in the past I was not able to leave this seller feedback anymore. A real shame and I hope this plug on my website sort of makes up for it in a small way. His eBay account name is penfold_t_mole and I can heartily recommend him!!!

So there you have it. Amiga users are cool. :-)

Wow! Just a couple of moments ago a Viper 530 auction ended on eBay. The highest bid was a whopping 905 Euro! An interesting note is that the auction was relatively below the radar, because the auction did not carry any references to the names Viper or E-Matrix 530 as this supercard is known by. Besides that, the auction was specified with the option of shipping to Germany only, which automatically prevents non-German eBay accounts from bidding in most cases. I shudder to think how high this auction might have ended up were it available internationally and had the auction title and/or description contained the name Viper 530 instead of just a generic accelerator title.

For those who do not know, the Viper 530 is debatably the biggest and baddest accelerator for the A500. Dragging the A500 to a screaming 50MHz speed, delivered by a 68030, IDE interfaces, SCSI interface and up to 128 MB 32-bit Fast RAM memory. The Viper 530 was released fairly late in the A500's life (1997) and only around 350 pieces were manufactured. Most of them seem to have been sold in Germany under the name E-Matrix 530.

Captain's Log / star date 2009.1202


Phew! Been a couple of months, but then again I have been a lot more busy than usual the past couple of months. Especially the past 2 months, because I moved house. Moving sucks, but when you've got a lot of stuff like me, it sucks even more. Anyways, I'm glad to say that my girlfriend, me and all my stuff arrived safely in our new home. As you can imagine I'm still in the process of unpacking and arranging all my things and it'll still take some time before I have everything set up the way I want it to.

The upside is that I finally have some space to set up an AROS system, which is something I've been planning for quite a while. I bought a nice Commodore Gaming case which I will use to build the system and I hope to get around to installing AROS on it this weekend. Stay tuned!