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31,743 BYTES FREE - COMMODORE COMPUTER VERY OLD-SCHOOL

 
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Back around 1982 I bought my son a Commodore 64 for Christmas when he was 12. I remember paying about $200 for it (which would be about $500 in today's money).

Today he is a senior systems engineer for a very large multi-national company.

For someone brought up in the 50's and 60's it has been really amazing watching the growth of computers over the years. My first exposure was to an IBM 360 in 1970, but just on the terminal side of it. To think that today, your cellphone has more computing power than Apollo 11 (which I watched on a 19" black and white TV).
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I still have this game in a storage locker in NJ. I see someone on e-Bay selling it for $1800.00. . .


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I emailed the inventor of that system a few times. He sent me two autographed pictures. One was printed from his own printer. I made him a custom wallpaper for his computer background.
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I used one in College in 81...

I still have a Macintosh 512 in working order...Square mouse and all...

Also have a working Atari 400 puter...

Both have cassette tape drives for storage
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Yeah, I started my newspaper with a Commodore 64 and four phone lines in 1988. Wrote for Commodore World magazine too. Old school still rocks in a pinch. Like a blood blister.
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As a media professional who had to support the av systems in an educational institution, I hated the early days because computers were not easy to interface with projection devices. The computers were not good at plug and play. Mostly sync issues, and not very frequency agile with the projectors.

And user's lack of familiarity to connect with projectors. Faculty were reluctant to switch from Kodak slide projection to PowerPoint. Computer illiterate. The paradigm shift took a long time, it continued up to and through the nineties and early 2000's. Data projectors have gone down in size and price over the years while brightness has increased.

Some departments were purchasing IBM PC desktop computers for 10,000 dollars each in the '80s. I got to see them eventually sit on shelves collecting dust. The same with Kodak slide projectors, useless. Kodak slide projection, you have to turn the room lights off. Today's data projection are good enough to project in ambient light.

The thing about paradigm shifts, you don't recognize them when they happen. And one becomes nostalgic for the old days, personally I am glad they are gone.
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guy in ops vid has had 873 lovers - oh yeah....
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Back around 1982 I bought my son a Commodore 64 for Christmas when he was 12. I remember paying about $200 for it (which would be about $500 in today's money).

Today he is a senior systems engineer for a very large multi-national company.

For someone brought up in the 50's and 60's it has been really amazing watching the growth of computers over the years. My first exposure was to an IBM 360 in 1970, but just on the terminal side of it. To think that today, your cellphone has more computing power than Apollo 11 (which I watched on a 19" black and white TV).
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I still have this game in a storage locker in NJ. I see someone on e-Bay selling it for $1800.00. . .


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I was gonna say whoever has retro working computers should see what they go for on ebay. I remember an original Macintosh went for some crazy mount. This got me through many years of school.


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i have working in good order.

apple II
nes
amiga 500
amiga 1200
commodore 64
atari 400
master system
mega drive
atari lynx.
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geek :)
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I need this!< so I can get to my own time.
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"Retails for just under $100.00"

$100.00 in 1972 = $582.78 today

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i have working in good order.

apple II
nes
amiga 500
amiga 1200
commodore 64
atari 400
master system
mega drive
atari lynx.
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I have every console that came out before the 360 after that i quit I even have pong in the box ,box isn't mint but neat to show off
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I was an Atari computer fan. Atari 400, 800xl and ST


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Loved the 64 - and the c64 users groups (game swaps) - had a 5 megabyte hard drive and a 2.5 megabyte dual floppy drive on my 64. Then went to Amiga (still have a working A1000 around). I saved my money to buy the 2.5meg side ram for the A1000 and the week after I bought it the price of ram dropped by 80% - that sucked!!

Tape drives..... Vic 20 ..... Timex Sinclare..... family started on a kit-built Heathkit h8 (or h89 - don't remember)

Now more tech fits in the palm of your hand!
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Nice ! i remember saving up for months to but a 512k upgrade for my amiga 500. cost a small fortune lol. good times though
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I have a working trs 80
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Commodore 64 was fucking horrible, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a far better computer, better games too. I always regret selling my Speccy.
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Still have a working Amiga 500 it multitasks at 512k blowing anything Gates with his bloated windows OS has to offer out of the water.
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I'm 50 now, and was in a business meeting, and the guy I was meeting apologised for his phone ringing.

Thats OK I said, huh, ring tone reminds me of the 8 bit music hackers used to put in front of C64 games, asking if you would like unlimited lives etc.

A huge smile came across his face and he said that as a teenager he used to hack games and do just that, and the ring tone was one of his creations!

Man we didnt stop talking about it. Then went even further back to ZX Spectrum, VIC 20, Tandy TRS80 (model 1) and Sinclair!

Yeah, I loved those days too. I was such a game pimp... both cassette and floppy.

In fact I found my old C64 floppy stash a year or so back, but sadly, no C64 or 1541 drive any more :(

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I had a Vic20 with a tape drive. Loved that thing! Also had an Odyssey II. KC Munchgan was the rip off of PAC Man.
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I learned BASIC from the back of the C-64 manual. I am now a systems engineer. I dropped out of college.
I can still PEEK and POKE my sprites.
Commodore love.
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I have a working trs 80
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Me too. I still play Polaris, Microbes, and Dungeons of Daggorath from time to time.
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I still use Windows 95. It's the only thing I can get GLP to work on.
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Hehe good memorie
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[link to m.youtube.com (secure)]

this was our computer back in the day.....we got a free bike with it...lol
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Commodore 64 was fucking horrible, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a far better computer, better games too. I always regret selling my Speccy.
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bsflag

the sinclair was total CRAP compared to the commodore 64. it only had 48k of ram. and while it ran a 3.5mhz processor, the cpu was GARBAGE
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Back around 1982 I bought my son a Commodore 64 for Christmas when he was 12. I remember paying about $200 for it (which would be about $500 in today's money).

Today he is a senior systems engineer for a very large multi-national company.

For someone brought up in the 50's and 60's it has been really amazing watching the growth of computers over the years. My first exposure was to an IBM 360 in 1970, but just on the terminal side of it. To think that today, your cellphone has more computing power than Apollo 11 (which I watched on a 19" black and white TV).
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In the computer lab where I learned coding, we had a 1620 with decks of cards that played melodies on the computer.

You held up a transistor radio next to it and it picked up the AM radio waves it emitted. My favorite was Hungarian Rhapsody. I always wondered who it was that recorded which instruction would induce which note.

Surely you had something like that in your facility.


My dream was to have a 360 in the basement. I was so sad when I heard they had been scrapped and melted down.

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I am currently posting from an IBM 5100. It is secure, and the feds can't track me.
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Hi John! Didn't know you were back...
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I like to pop in from time to time.
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You mean the Commode Door 64?
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I had a Commode Door back in the day.

I also had a Rat Shack Trash 80.

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Had a Commodore Vic-20.... 5k of main, storage via. optional tape recorder, built in basic.. Connects to a TV
screen... About 1979..


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