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RobJohnson
04-09-2011, 05:20 AM
http://l.yimg.com/a/p/us/news/editorial/1/a1/1a1f1dcab609f122d149076d7a1debdd.jpeg


I was just 6 years old when the Commodore 64 computer went on sale in the summer of 1982. Although I already owned a computer at the time -- a ZX Spectrum -- I remember my excitement about possibly getting my little hyperactive hands on the newly released Commodore.

At the time, the Commodore computer cost $595 and came with a whopping 64 kilobytes of memory. It also contained a graphics and sound card that stood apart from other computers of the day.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer packed inside.

In its heyday, the Commodore 64 was one of the most successful home computers made, shipping more than two million units a year for almost a decade after its release. Although exact numbers don't exist, experts estimate that the company sold between 15 and 30 million Commodore 64 computers.

It's back (http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112510/new-commodore-64-nyt)

fettpett
04-09-2011, 06:10 AM
The new Commodore 64, which will begin shipping at the end of the month, has been souped up for the modern age. It comes with a 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900

thats actually quite impressive for the money, for anyone that wants to go retro without wanting to spend the time making their own cases.

We had one, but it was the "portable" version, one with a tiny ass screen built in, only really good for games

AmPat
04-09-2011, 12:34 PM
My father had the warranty repair contract for these. It built his business from a $25K letter of credit to a $9 million dollar buyout offer in five years. (Alas, the rags to riches to rags story came true).:(

PoliCon
04-09-2011, 07:48 PM
The 64 was the first computer I ever played on - connected to a 13 inch B/W TV in my aunts game room . . . . But go to hell if I'd ever buy one unless it came with Oregon trail pre-installed . . . . ;)

Apocalypse
04-09-2011, 10:39 PM
This was my first PC, 2nd, 3rd...

I also owned the Amiga, their last brand before going belly up.

The Amiga would be closer to this design then the C64 was. As it was all in one, where the C64 didn't have a built in modem, or any drives at all.

I remember having an old tape drive for the C64.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c6/Datasette_c2n.jpg/220px-Datasette_c2n.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Datasette_c2n.jpg)

Wrote some simple games for that PC, mostly pong style, or worms. But at that time, that was almost as good as going to the Arcade.

Second style was the 5 1/4 drive


http://www.lemon64.com/museum/manuals/commodore/1541_users_guide.jpg

Both these were external. C64 didn't have an internal drive.

Then there was the modem

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BDCqpuwRnf4/SEZm0PICbgI/AAAAAAAADCY/w6RXojnkL9o/s400/c64+modem.JPG (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BDCqpuwRnf4/SEZm0PICbgI/AAAAAAAADCY/w6RXojnkL9o/s1600-h/c64+modem.JPG)
This thing was large and bulky, plugged into a port on the back, and was slow as hell. But it allowed some of the earliest games to be played online. One I had was called Modem Wars.

I can see the Retro style in this, but I think there would be a market for the Amiga style more. It was more stylish, and top of the line. Killer graphics to boot, In some cases better then some PCs of today.

RobJohnson
04-10-2011, 03:29 AM
It would be cool to have, especially at work. The look on people's faces when they seen you start to use it would be priceless!!!! :D

fettpett
04-10-2011, 08:51 AM
It would be cool to have, especially at work. The look on people's faces when they seen you start to use it would be priceless!!!! :D

especially the young guys that have never seen one. :D

RobJohnson
04-10-2011, 11:40 PM
especially the young guys that have never seen one. :D


Could you imagine if you were a CPA and your clients came in and seen that on your desk. :D

fettpett
04-11-2011, 07:53 AM
Could you imagine if you were a CPA and your clients came in and seen that on your desk. :D

LMAO that would be awesome, especially if they dressed the part, bright clothes and a big bushy mustache :D

Zafod
04-11-2011, 01:20 PM
especially the young guys that have never seen one. :D

you are one of those young guys.

Dude you were one when the C64 was big

fettpett
04-11-2011, 01:24 PM
you are one of those young guys.

Dude you were one when the C64 was big

/sigh :rolleyes: you're talking to a computer nerd dude, I had a Commodore 64

http://oldcomputers.net/pics/sx64.jpg

AmPat
04-11-2011, 03:12 PM
Wow, I'm old. I remember all those and the photos really dredge up memories. My dad had the Natl Repair Center in Memphis. We saw thousands of these computers.

Zafod
04-11-2011, 03:22 PM
/sigh :rolleyes: you're talking to a computer nerd dude, I had a Commodore 64

http://oldcomputers.net/pics/sx64.jpg

as did I. Just razzing you dude.

good grief.

Zafod
04-11-2011, 03:35 PM
hell I even had a old osborn......

fettpett
04-11-2011, 03:43 PM
as did I. Just razzing you dude.

good grief.

:p:p:p

marv
04-11-2011, 07:12 PM
I started with a VIC 20 with 5k. After I upgraded it to 8k, and then 12k, I got a 64. Then I got a 128.......
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/vic20.jpg

http://www.commodore.ca/products/128/c128.jpg

Apocalypse
04-11-2011, 11:35 PM
For you guys having a trip down memory lane with this. this site will bring back those memories.

http://retro-treasures.blogspot.com/

RobJohnson
04-12-2011, 01:53 AM
LMAO that would be awesome, especially if they dressed the part, bright clothes and a big bushy mustache :D


:D