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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Commodore 64 making a comeback (sort of)

Some of you had one growing up in the 80's, many hams bought them for packet well into the late 90's and early 2000's. I myself bought one at Dayton in 1998 but never was able to get it to work (what a waste of $15).

Yet for it's time, this was not only state of the art, it was the best thing going (if you couldn't afford and Apple IIe). The Commodore 64 was THE computer to have for many. We had several in high school and used them for everything from video games (can you say, Defender of the Crown?)to learning about math.

Well, if you yearn for the days of yesteryear when this "compact" system was the rage, then today's you're lucky day (actually the end of April). Commodore USA has the retro-style Commodore 64 coming out with more of today's technology built in.

Say goodbye to the 1 MHz MOS 6510 and whopping 64 kB of RAM and say hello to 1.8GHz dual processor, 2-4 Gigs of DDR3 RAM, HDMI out, optional blu-ray, and USB. Sorry, looks like wi-fi's not built-in...

Windows can be installed, but the system doesn't come with it. Ubuntu Linux will be shipped with the unit and Commodore's proprietary COS 1 will be available sometime later in the year.

Check out the NY Times post about it here.

Lessee...LOAD"A*Z",8,1...