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This morning I was enjoying an old instructional video on the C64 by Jim Butterfield. Out of curiousity I went to his wikipedia page to read about him. I sort of remember him from my childhood but, I was too young to know much about the celebrities of the commodore world. On his wiki page it stated that he announced his run of chemo on usenet comp.sys.cbm. Since I'm still a relatively avid user of usenet, and a subscriber of that newsgroup, I downloaded 150,000 posts to find Mr Butterfield's post out of nothing more than morbid curiousity. It took a while to download and thread, then scroll down. As I approached his post, I found a few by our favorite 8-bit personality. I love those little life coincidences and... small world.

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From: "David Murray" <censored>
Subject: hand scanner for C64/128
Newsgroups: comp.sys.cbm
Date: 22 Nov 2006 11:42:57 -0800 (14 years, 9 weeks, 2 days ago)
Organization: http://groups.google.com

I was looking around for commodore stuff on ebay today and came across
this:

<old ebay URL not even https and likely wouldn't load anyway>

I wasn't even aware that this peripheral existed!  The auction really
doesn't give any details of the device, but it appears from the picture
to have a user-port interface.  What I'm most curious about is what
software you would use this with.  Does it work with GEOPaint?  Does it
do OCR?  Does it use its own proprietary software?

As you can see, this is likely one of many posts of his and it's a bit surreal. Don't ask me why it trips me out so much. But anyway, it was an enjoyable discovery.

I considered replying to the thread but I'm not one to bring a dead fourteen year old thread back to life.

ref: comp.sys.cmb

Edited by calcmandan
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