The Complete Commodore Inner Space Anthology

Lab Notes

I mentioned The Complete Commodore Inner Space Anthology by Karl J.H. Hildon (thanks again @BedfordLvlExp), and now I have a signed copy! Some things in this 122-page almanac of awesome:

  • Calendars for years 1984-1987 on the inside front cover

  • CBM BASIC reference charts for the VIC-20, C64, C16, and +4

  • Key references for six major word processors

  • Commands and keys for the +4 office suite, which I otherwise don’t know how to use

  • Five pages on COMAL, a micro programming language I’ve never heard of:

  • Machine language monitor commands

  • Assembler directives, op-codes, addressing modes

  • Hex and binary conversion charts

  • Maps for memory, kernal routines, BASIC entry points

  • Hardware register maps

  • VIC-20, C64, C16, and +4 variants of all of these, e.g. TED registers

  • Disk formats (header, sectors, files)

  • Disk command and diagnostic codes

  • Memory maps for three models of disk drive

  • Two pages of music notation and theory

  • A CompuServe dial-up directory, command reference, and category index

  • Seven pages of BBS phone numbers organized by area code, then again by title

  • US time zone + area code map on the same page as the BBS directory

  • Seven pages of computer clubs across the US with names and addresses

  • Pinouts for all chips and ports

  • Resistor color coding diagram; transistor leads

  • How-to test semiconductors with an ohmmeter

  • Unit conversion tables

  • Physics constants and formulae

  • Geometric areas and volumes

  • The Periodic Table of the Elements

Page for page possibly one of the most useful books on my desk.…

(Originally posted to Twitter on May 21, 2019. It received 20 likes and 4 retweets.)