Commodore 64 back again – Now with new bits!

Commodore 64 back again – Now with new bits!

Apr 14, 2010

This is a dream come true for me. I am showing my age now but i come from the pioneering days of computing. If you wanted your computer to do something you had to write a program. 6502 assembly was a second language to me. To get something on the screen or get a blip or sound out of the computer meant programming. The 80’s were incredible times in the computer industry.

theoriginalc64 The Apple II, TRS80, Microbee, Amstrad, Vic 20 and the almightly Commodore 64 to name a few are all legends in my eyes. These very basic machines were pushed to their limits in their day. Few people would believe that a Commodore 64 with only 38 K of usable memory was capable of running a Windows (GUI) interface. GEOS was amazingly efficient and years ahead of its time.

I’m sorry… back to the topic. The Commmodore 64 is back!!!. The Commodore 64 which was originally introduced in 1982 with over 17 million units sold is making a comeback. The US company namely Commodore USA has taken the Commodore 64 concept along with its name,  given it a very sexy new case and stuffed it full of modern componentry.

The new Commodore 64 boasts:

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  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 500 Gb HDD
  • 4Gb RAM
  • DVD-RW
  • Touchpad
  • USB Ports
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • DVI

The new Commodore 64 now will run operating systems such as: Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows 2000 and Linux. You can even run Mac OS X if you like. I must admit that I can’t remember running any of those on my C64.

I know its not going to be the same but I love the Old Commodore 64 and the thought of it still being around gives me the warm fuzzies 🙂

For those who love the Commodore 64 here are some more interesting links:

Bye for now and for those who remember: RUN STOP RESTORE

BTW: For those hardcore C64 fans here is a very simple C64 Theme Pack for Windows 7 (just for laughs) courtnesy of PC World.

Glenn Challen
MicroEd Computers and Internet

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