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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My Google Pixel XL is my PC

Marc Bilodeau/ ItsADevLife, Minimalism

The Google Pixel XL is the third smartphone to be my primary PC quite by happenstance. After updating to the August Security Patch, my Google Nexus 6P fell victim to the boot loop issue. This is when the Google Nexus 6P boots, but never gets past the Google Logo. The Android boot animation doesn’t shows up, and then the smartphone reboots. So, my Google Nexus 6P was rendered useless. There are unofficial

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My Google Nexus 6P is my PC

Marc Bilodeau/ ItsADevLife, Minimalism

After three years of successfully using my Samsung Galaxy S4 as my PC, it was time to upgrade. To save everyone the suspense, I chose the Google Nexus 6P. Why Upgrade? I did not take this decision lightly since my Samsung Galaxy S4 already did an excellent job at my daily computing needs. Alas, as good as it was, there were a few issues that pushed me toward upgrading. The Galaxy S4 is over 3 years old

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My Samsung Galaxy S4 is my PC

Marc Bilodeau/ ItsADevLife, Minimalism

My Samsung Galaxy S4 is my PC, but this transition didn’t happen overnight. My journey began back in 2001. I remember sitting in my office dreaming of the day where my Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, Compaq Aero, office phone, and IBM ThinkPad were one handheld device. When I got my first smartphone in 2010, the Apple iPhone 3GS, I was hopeful that I could achieve my dream. I enthusiastically began to search the web on how to make the iPhone my PC. Sadly, the

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