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	Many people lamented the demise of QuantumLink, known alternately
	as Q-Link or the 'Q'.  When did QLink oficially close?

	November 1, 1994

	Name the vaporware Virtual Reality area that was to become a part of
	QLink, but was never finished/released in its original form.

	Habitat, a role playing game designed by LucasArts (part of the
        computing talent of George Lucus of Star Wars fame).

	The QLink area mentioned in Q $271 was eventually scaled back and
	introduced on QLink as what area?

	Club Caribe, basically a chat system.

	The Commodore Punter Protocol was devised by Mr. Punter.  What is his
	first name?

	Steve.  Incidentally, the Punter protocol lives on in the IBM world,
        where Steve has a Punter BBS with echoes (like FIDO).

	What kind of product is the Skyles Flash! unit? (hint: most folks don't
	need one.)

	Serial to IEEE-488 converter.  It's used to attach IEEE-488 peripherals
        (used on the PET line of computers) to a CBM serial port.

	On early revisions of the 6502, the SO pin on the IC was labeled CPS.
        What does CPS stand for?

	Chuck Peddle Special....  Named after 6502 designer Chuck Peddle.  

	What Commodore system was referred to as the 'Z' Machine?

	The C900 Prototype UNIX System.  Commodore never successfully marketed
        the machine, which included a Zilog Z8000 CPU (hence the name)

	(True or False).  Commodore 64 compatibility was designed into the 
	C128 from the beginning.

	True.  Lead Designer Bil Herd, fed up after working on the ill fated
        Plus/4, spouted off to senior management about the lack of 
        compatibility killing the project.  His comments were heeded, and he
        took on the C128 with the mandate that it be compatible with the

	The 8563 VDC found in the C128 was originally designed for what CBM

	The C900 machine mentioned in $276.  

	What was the "Theme Song" of the C128 developers?

	The live version of "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel.

	Who developed the C128 version of CP/M?

	Von Ertwine.

	How many Paddles can one connect to a Commodore 8-bit machine?

	Technically, 4 paddles can be connected, although only 2 can be read
        at any instant in time.

	Does the B128 have joystick ports?


	Commodore file type 2 is PRG, and type 3 is USR.  What is Commodore
	file type 0?

	DEL or Deleted.  Very rarely used.

	What is Commodore file type 1?

	The very useful SEQ file type.

	The original VIC-20 systems had how many pins on the video port?

	5 pins.  After the 64 was introduced, newer version had 8 pins, the
        same as on the 64.
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