Improving my ZoomFloppy Pi (version 2)

Marc Bilodeau/ Commodore 64

I love my ZoomFloppy. I use it and copy Commodore 64 floppies to and from Commodore 1541 (.d64) and Commodore 1581 (.d81) disk images. The ZoomFloppy works with a wide variety of Commodore equipment and interface types. However, I use only a fraction of its overall functionality. That said, after using the first version of my ZoomFloppy Pi, I found that I could make some tweaks to improve it. ZoomFloppy Pi

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The Commodore 64 Power Connector Problem

Marc Bilodeau/ Commodore 64

The power connector is the one thing about the Commodore 64 that has always bothered me. It seems like a fundamental design flaw by putting it near the power switch on the right side of the unit. However, when you look at the back of the Commodore 64 with all the ports and peripherals it is understandable why the port is where it is. I worry that I would accidentally break

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A ZoomFloppy, PixelBook Go, and Raspberry Pi

Marc Bilodeau/ Commodore 64

Recently, I resurrected my Commodore 64 from storage. Since then, I’ve been enjoying it by playing games and trying my old disks. Also, I have put together several side projects to take my setup to the next level by enhancing my 1980s dream system and adding some choice new technologies that have emerged since the demise of Commodore in 1994. One of those projects is to use a ZoomFloppy. More specifically,

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The Commodore 64: 25 Years Later

Marc Bilodeau/ Commodore 64

When I was 8 in 1984, my father brought home the original breadbin Commodore 64. Even from an early age, I started to teach myself BASIC by typing out programs from the RUN and Family Computing Magazines of the day. This is when my love of computers began which ultimately led to the co-founding of my company. Unfortunately, my original Commodore 64 died in the mid 80s. Thankfully, I got a

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Success: What It Is And How To Achieve It

Marc Bilodeau/ Core Beliefs, Self Help, Subjectivity

Many people dream of starting a business, find love, or further a career to be more successful. People want to achieve success for many reasons. Yet, what does it really mean to be successful? Are celebrities, leaders, or affluent people successful simply because they have notoriety, influence, or wealth? What if those people aren’t feeling fulfilled doing the things they do to maintain their level of perceived “success”. Are they really

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The Google Pixelbook Go is my PC

Marc Bilodeau/ ItsADevLife, Minimalism

For years, I’ve been using my smartphones as my PCs to run my day-to-day life both personally and professionally. Since 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Google Nexus 6P, and then the Google Pixel XL, let me do everything my day required including writing code for work projects. However since the Pixel XL is no longer supported, I decided to take a deeper look at the Pixelbook Go before I upgraded

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It’s Time for Everyone to Redefine Work

Marc Bilodeau/ Core Beliefs, Minimalism, Self Help, Subjectivity

Most people find little meaning in their work. In fact, a 2017 Gallup’s World Poll found 30% of US workers are engaged at their workplace. The numbers are even worse internationally. That’s a real problem. However, I believe there is a solution. Instead of understanding why people are so disengaged from their work, a better approach is to redefine work so they will become more engaged. I love to work. It’s

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How Do You Invest In Yourself?

Marc Bilodeau/ Self Help, Subjectivity

I am a huge advocate of personal growth. In fact, part of my ethos is to continuously improve. However, it occurs to me that without direction and purpose, learning and experiences are just passing joys, good stories, and worthwhile memories. Although there isn’t anything wrong with that per se, it doesn’t really invest in our life objectives. Personal endeavors and core values are important, but investing our free time properly is

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Time Logging: The Answer for Busy Lives

Marc Bilodeau/ Minimalism, Self Help, Subjectivity

There are so many things to do, and so little time to do them. Does that sound familiar? Sure, we’ve all been there. It’s reasonable and normal for this to happen occasionally. At least for us earthbound people, there are only 24 hours in a day. When everything begins to pile up, it stresses us out and causes anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s a real problem when it happens more days than not.

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My 2018 List of Goals and The New Life To-Do List

Marc Bilodeau/ Self Help, Subjectivity

I was curating my Evernote notes to determine if there is anything that I could purge as digital clutter. I like doing this on occasion to delete anything I don’t need anymore and to re-discover notes of half researched ideas or other interesting tidbits. Coincidentally, I re-discovered a list of yearly goals that I put together on January 1, 2018. I do not believe in new year resolutions. They often fail

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