CES '09: Commodore Makes Appearance with New Goods

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shovel

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Ah the old 64...

Got rid of my Atari VCS & bought this real computer in 1984...
Learned how to program in basic, I remember buying PC magazines & typing in pages of text as this was how programs were distributed - you'd spend days typing it in, then days debugging your typo's (or the printing was so crap you couldn't tell an I from a 1). Moved on to Forth, C & then assembler, thus I became a GEEK!

You'd get home from work, turn the telly to the C64, start the tape drive to load a game, cook & eat dinner, have a shower, then sit down for hours of 8bit gaming goodness...


 

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The Commodore Amiga was WAY ahead of other PCs at the time. I wonder if it will be possible to create such a futureistic PC now with grapics 10 years ahead via onboard chipset. Also a brand-new build from scratch OS & Kernel. The Amiga can do Ray-Tracing back in late 1985 using Sculpt 3D/Turbo Silver in HAM mode (12 bit color).

Instead of the C64, I was just able to get a Vic-20 for $100 - much cheaper than an Apple ][ at the time. I would stay up all night developing my version of Text Invaders, Lode Runner, and Bolo- in 4 bit color!

To me it looks like the "M" series has more of the old sprit by it not being a PC clone like everyone else has.
 
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Now if someone could just resurrect the AMIGA name - apparently Amiga, INC. surely can't.
 

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Can you guys please refrain from delving into the past? The old Commodore company has little to do with the company today.

I doubt there are many from that era still working there still. This is about an old company and a new product. Try to focus on the present and what the company is doing today. We all know about the Commodore 64 and we really don't need a trip down your memory lane.

The only thing that Commodore has likely brought along from that ancient bit of history is the company name and a bit of experience.

Nobody brings up the history of Levi Strauss every time an advertisement about Levi jeans comes on the tele, nor do you break into a song and dance about Sears Roebuck when you hear about a department store.

This is a present day company doing present day things. That's what this brief is about. Can we focus on what they're doing and not what they did? I don't much care about the Intel of 10 yrs ago (it makes an interesting article but if I had to read about the Pentium 1 every time something about the i7 benchmarks were mentioned I'd find a new site to read). I want to know what they are doing TODAY. If I want a company history I'll go do some real research.

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~Someone who doesn't care so much about the 1972 Chevy you owned in H.S. and has more interest in Chevy's current bailout/new vehicle lineups.
 

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The news is about a company that was very popular in the 80s and has not been active for more than 20 years. Your complaint and examples do not make sense. Maybe you need to cut down on your caffeine or whatever is making you so worked up for nothing.
 

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Rich, if they weren't active they wouldn't exist. Businesses either compete, or they die. They don't just linger around for 20 years. Maybe you should get off your mom's couch and actually get out into the world a bit, maybe take some business classes. My examples made perfect sense, maybe you just have comprehension issues.
 
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I would buy one if its under 350$ just because of the retro thing... I loved my Commodore and Im sure people will do double takes when they see this.

I do hate this BS song and dance that the companies have to go through to get Linux on a machine and the limits they put on their storage, RAM and so on when they do.

I want a Linux based netbook just like my wife's Acer One and my Dell 9 and I DONT WANT a 7 inch one.
I will NOT buy a 7inch model just to get Linux.
I will just go to another company to get a 9 or 10.

Too bad. I would have spent money on this just beacuse of nostalgia even though there is no guarantee of its quality and it didnt make sense.

Give me choice or bug off!


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If they wanted to sell more of these modern Commodore computers than they dare dream, they just need to incorporate a hardware version of the C64, complete with a SID chip, into every unit. With a toggle, you could be in a full blown C64, complete with all the special graphics symbols printed right on the keyboard. It would be a bonus to have a cartridge slot, but to minimize external space requirements, the cartridge slot and 1541 disk drives could be emulated and just read and write to/from the hard drive.

This shouldn't be too hard as the C64 has already been made into a joystick game platform...

I would buy one!

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Every Commodore netbook should include a C=64 emulator and some games... other wise, who cares?

I still have my C= and Amiga computers (operational) and in the end, many of us have learned to hate chicken-lips because of the totally retarded way the company ran itself into the ground.

They were the opposite of Microsoft... good tech, lousy management and bad timing.

The new commodore? Its just a name and a logo, it has NOTHING to do with the past. Just like the "new" Amiga has nothing to do with Amiga Computers.
 
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