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I've placed a few of my contributions to the Commodore community here, plus some pointers to other people's stuff. While you're reading it, you could play some background music (Bach's Invention No. 13 by B. Travis, from prs.net's classical music MIDI archive).

This page is divided into the following sections:


The Commodore Languages List lists all programming language implementations for Commodore 8-bit computers known to the author (over 220), both commercial and free. The Cross-Development Tools List contains many utilities which allow development of 6502 code on another system besides a target Commodore machine.

A similar list for Apple II computers (another 6502-based machine) was put together by Larry W. Virden, and a list of free compilers for many machines was compiled by David Sharnoff and Steven Robenalt.

More information on programming Commodores is available in the comp.sys.cbm FAQ (alternate site), especially in V3.1 part 9. Other people have put handy information for C64 programmers on the Web, such as Marko Mäkelä, Rick Kephart, Christian Janoff, and Bacchus of FairLight.

Western Design Center, manufacturer of the W65C02S and W65C816S CPUs has a page on the web.


I have compiled partial indices and brief histories of some popular (but now defunct) Commodore-oriented magazines:

These old magazines are treasure chests of valuable articles, tips and programs that are indispensible to Commodore owners even today. If you have issues that aren't included in the lists (and there are many), please jot down a few of the main articles and mail them to me. If there is enough interest, I'll implement a WWW search engine to scan issues for key words and display the issue numbers. I've also put a more complete, machine readable (comma separated values) list into a downloadable archive. Someone else prettied up the COMPUTE! and COMPUTE! Gazette indicies with pictures and links, and someone else put up another Commodore magazine site with interviews with several magazine personalities.

In addition, Craig Bruce, has made available an index to C= Hacking.

Some free e-zines relating to 8-bit Commodores are available on-line:

If you're looking to buy or sell Commodore magazines, try the Retromags site.

Here's a USENET thread from 1994-1995 where people reminisce about some of the current and defunct Commodore magazines.

File Transfer

Are you looking for a way to transfer files between your C64 and a PC? If you are running Linux and have a 1581 disk drive, use cbmfs, an installable read-only filesystem module for Linux. Download it from my software page. With a 1541 drive, you can read and write MS-DOS disks if you install a jumper in your 1541 and use the 1541-dos package. With a 1571 drive and a C128, just use Craig Bruce's Little Red Reader, documented in C= Hacking magazine, issues four and five.

Other methods are mentioned in the comp.emulators.cbm FAQ.

Software and File Archives

Look at my software page for fvcbm, a DOS/*NIX program for listing Commodore archive directories.

My Cross-Development Tools List contains pointers to information on Commodore emulation programs and hardware.

Software is available for download from PK's ftp page or Christian Janoff's Commodore FTP Search page.


I've summarized posts from some threads in late 1995 in the newsgroups comp.sys.cbm and comp.emulators.cbm where people listed their top 10 (more or less) favourite C64 games. Hekan Svensson has posted his own personal top 10 list including game descriptions, so has Scott Amore, plus, there is an on-line poll page.

For more Commodore links and information, see Marko Mäkelä's and Jim Brain's Commodore 64 web sites. Some non-Commodore 6502-based machines can be fun to read about as well. For starters, try the Atari Forever site, and the Apple II Information Resource site. Other home computers which utilized the 6502 include the Acorn Electron, Acorn Atom, Oric and Oric Atmos. Some game consoles that use the 6502 (or derivatives) include the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800 and Lynx, NES, and Super NES, Here's a great page about the great 8-bit systems of the past.

For more links on all kinds of Commodore topics, see Gaelyne Gasson's Commodore Support site.

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