Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Commodore 64


   Do you remember the Commodore 64?


   Wow, it sure has been a long time since you saw one of these, right?


   It’s been a long time for me as well. It takes me back to the good old days. I know what you are thinking. I was only 13 when the first models came out. Some of you and most of you weren’t even born.

  Shall we go back in time a little? The year was 1982. Ronald Reagan was our President.

  The Commodore 64 debuted in August of 1982 with a price of $595.00.It was equipped with an MOS Technology CPU at 1.053 MGz. It also featured a whopping 64 kilobytes of memory with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM computers of that time. It didn’t have any hard drive, cd player, dvd player. We used floppy drives, printers, or digital tapes. It sold an estimated 17 million units between 1982 and 1984. The reason to much of its success was that it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores.  It was a combination of bad marketing and business deals that brought its demise.

  Now we flash forward to this year and the release of the new Commodore 64. I would have to say that, this is quite an improvement. It features a Dual Core 525 Atom processor, with an NVidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, 2 GB of ram, upgradeable to 4, a 160 GB hard drive, built in WiFi, 5 2.0 USB ports, a DVD slot, that’s upgradeable to BluRay. You can install Windows on it, but comes stock with Linux.

  Do they really think that there is still a market for these? I’m not sure, but their company President and CEO Barry Altman clearly thinks so. It still has the retro exterior and a new and improved interior. What do you think? I would love to hear from you. As always enjoy your day!   



 

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