Commodore 64 Comeback

So it's time for us dinosaurs to celebrate something special. Yep, the Commodore 64 is back! The computer which became the true father of the home computing industry has finally come full circle. The company went to great lengths to reproduce the original look as closely as they could, but still remain capable of running all the normal software you might want. It isn't exactly a screaming monster machine but it'll get the job done. Don't plan on playing Oblivion on it though :P

Specs:

Intel Atom D525 1.80GHz
Intel NM10 chipset, with nVidia Ion graphics.
2GB DDR2 memory @ 800MHz
Realtek ALC662 6-CH HD Audio
Realtek RTL8111DL PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Plus the usual array of other miscellaneous ports and connectors, and a multi-card reader.

The cool part though is that it also has a built in emulator for all those awesome old C-64 games. You do still have your disks, right? Well, ok, perhaps not, that was 30 years ago now. Besides, the unit doesn't come with a floppy drive capable of reading the old 1541 format.

I know I had a lot of fun with the one I had, and it gave me my start down the road of RPG's from which I've never looked back. It's good to see Commodore finally making a bit of a comeback.
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Posted on Apr 8, 2011 2:08 am by Samson in: | 16 comment(s) [Closed]
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ooh...

The original Commodore had 64kb of total memory, didn't it? (its a quite a bit before my time). Its kind of hard to imagine that now days.

       
Yep, Pretty, thats' why it's called a C-64.
I wonder if the new one is running a Commodore OS? The original Commodore OS was leaps and bounds over Apple and IBM @ the time. (M$ was not yet in the picture [much]). Everyone I knew had one, and I still have fond memories of Zork and Might and Magic, and Farenheit 451. Anyway, if the new version is running some kind of windows-I don't see any reason you "couldn't" play Oblivion on it.

I'd actually like to see them rebuild the Amiga 2000 (So called because it had 2 mb ram-a first @ the time) , but only if it's as far over current desktops as it was over the competition back then.

       
Yep, had 64K total, with about 38K actually available to user programs. I kept mine in working order clear up until about 1994 or so. Yes, I was that late in entering the PC revolution :)

       
Did you look at the price tag, i dont know if i want to pay 700 bucks for what is essentially a pocketbook without a monitor that is wrapped C64 plastic. It would have to be an equivalent price to an equally specced pocketbook for me to cough up the cash to buy one. I think the idea is great, they just missed a huge segment of the market by pricing it as a nerds must have item, rather than a consumer item.

@Dallen, Apple and Amiga OS's were light years ahead of anything that was on offer at that time, if only gimped by the hardware at the time.

       
Edited by The_Fury on Apr 8, 2011 3:32 pm
@ Fury, I thought Apple IIe's OS sucked rocks. From that time period, from best to worst the OS's, in my opinion were: Commodore, Sinclaire, DOS (IBM version), Apple, and DOS (Microsoft version)

       
Wait, what? My C64 didn't have a keyboard. Am I that ancient? :lol:

       
Vladaar [Anon] said:
Comment #7 Apr 9, 2011 2:57 pm
I had a TSR-16. 16k mem and used tape cassettes to save instead of floppies.

       
Uh...the c-64 was a keyboard with a place to plug in a monitor, some speakers, a tape drive, (or a disk drive). The second model (1984 I think) let you have both.
:stare:

       
C-64 is nothing but a keyboard, even if you had the updated white one. All the computer parts were inside too.

Even the C-128 was all one box. The only external stuff the 64s and 128s had were monitors( or a TV ), cartridges, and disk drives.

       
That's it then, I still have the external disk drive. Heh, never let other people clean your basement, they must have tossed the rest of it. :sad:

       
Leo Banks [Anon] said:
Comment #11 Apr 11, 2011 2:38 am
Do we expect anytime soon for a version of at least 2.0GHZ and above?

       
Um, There's actually 3 configurations for it. The one Samson describes in the OP is the "basic" version, which is supposed to sell for $595 (the original price of a c64 btw). Then they have one that's 795$ that's some decimal point above 1ghz and has a blu ray player. Also, you can special order one that's just the box and the motherboard for 295$.

       
Anonymous [Anon] said:
Comment #13 Apr 18, 2011 6:14 pm
Hey Sammy, did yu sell alsherok.net?

       
Sell? No, that domain was allowed to expire once our MUD was closed. That's been at least a year or more since it happened. Why do you ask?

       
Anonymous [Anon] said:
Comment #15 Apr 19, 2011 1:28 am
This:
[Mon Apr 18 17:22:09 2011] Zeno@SmaugInstitute: Anyone know if Samson sold the alsherok domain?
[Mon Apr 18 23:14:03 2011] Kiasyn@Talon: zeno he stopped doing hosting and was going to let it die

       
Um. No. I haven't stopped hosting. The alsherok domain was for the mud, which closed in 2008. That domain was allowed to expire. The arthmoor domain is still up and running, but relocated to new servers.

If people want to ask me stuff, I'm right here. Easy enough to find. Or over at smaugmuds.org too.

       
Edited by Samson on Apr 19, 2011 1:55 am
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