How to Convert your Photos into Commodore 64 Mode

From 16.7 million to 16 colours in no time at all

Fab Four GMT standards, Greater Manchester Museum of Transport
The original image taken by myself in jpeg mode.

Next year will see the 30th anniversary since the launch of the Commodore 64 computer. For most persons within their mid-20s to early 50s, the Commodore 64 is often celebrated for its games software and the SID chip.

Though today’s computers have multicolour graphics, more than eight hardware sprites on screen at any one time and far more than 64k of memory, there are some people who yearn for the era of 8 bit computing. In spite of the time it took to load a game, Magicland Dizzy, Monty on the Run and Hungry Horace still brings back a lot of memories. Continue reading “How to Convert your Photos into Commodore 64 Mode”

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 03 December 2011

3. Another state of the art hybrid engined Optare Versa

Optare Versa Hybrid, Metroshuttle 3, First Manchester, Piccadilly GardensFollowing on from yesterday’s Optare Versa, here’s one in one of the three route branded liveries. Metroshuttle 3 starts at Manchester Piccadilly, Station Approach, serving the Spinningfields complex and Salford Central railway station. This service operates every 10 minutes from 0700 – 1900, Monday to Friday, starting a hour later on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: one time independent company Stuart’s Bus and Coach operated a half hourly 3 service from Tameside General Hospital to Hattersley, via Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield (Town Hall) and Hyde. The service outlived the demise of the said company transferring to Stagecoach Manchester under that number. In 1998, they were renumbered 398 and 399 beginning at Ashton-under-Lyne and continuing beyond Hattersley to Glossop. Tameside General Hospital was served by half hourly extensions of the 330 (Ashton – Stockport) route.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: It would have been most lazy to opt for Metroshuttle 3 as a BRoCPres. Instead I have opted for another number 3 route in the UK: the popular Morecambe to Lancaster University service via Torrisholme. Operated by Stagecoach North West (hitherto Stagecoach Lancaster and Lancaster City Transport), the full service operates every half hour with further part route journeys from Lancaster Bus Station to the university on term times. An evening service runs hourly from Morecambe, Battery to Lancaster city centre. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, sister route 3A operates from Higher Heysham to Lancaster in place of the 3.

S.V., 03 December 2011