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2012-04-09 04:14:22 PM
*end of line* :(
 
2012-04-09 04:17:25 PM
: (
 
2012-04-09 04:33:57 PM
I was never cool enough to have a Commodore 64. We got the Coleco ADAM instead.

/Though it was kind of cool in its own right, even if the design wasn't so brilliant.
//Still works, though.
 
2012-04-09 04:38:48 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
 
2012-04-09 06:36:01 PM

Relatively Obscure: I was never cool enough to have a Commodore 64. We got the Coleco ADAM instead.

/Though it was kind of cool in its own right, even if the design wasn't so brilliant.
//Still works, though.


Coleco? LOL!

Wow, and I thought I was a loser
 
2012-04-09 07:14:15 PM
I made a lot of money writing for the Commodore 8032. The great C-64 floppy disc flop of 1981 combined with the release of the IBM PC did me in. It's s shame, I used to visit their plant several times a year and had a few friends working there.
 
2012-04-09 07:22:27 PM

cman: Coleco? LOL!

Wow, and I thought I was a loser



I know. I didn't get a say in it, but it was fun regardless.

If it's any consolation, though, I still think you're a loser. <3
 
2012-04-09 07:23:01 PM
load"*",8
 
2012-04-09 07:24:39 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

RIP Jack Daniels
 
2012-04-09 07:32:43 PM
Too bad he and his sons didn't have the good sense to shuffle off just after they released the Atari ST but before they completely destroyed the company.
 
2012-04-09 07:55:10 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-09 07:58:07 PM
20 END

/Commodore kid.
//got started on a PET back in about 1978, was turning in word processed papers at school a decade before most other kids
 
2012-04-09 08:00:25 PM
I had one in college... spent a lot of time playing Colonial Conquest, Phantasie and Ultima.
 
2012-04-09 08:04:51 PM
gawd, brings back memories. my dad collected them when they weren't cool, fixed them up for the fun of it.

he still has most of them from what i recall. all of them work, too.

he's prolly still got the tapes and floppies though i'm sure the data's pretty sketchy by now.

/when the re-relase C64 was announced i very much wished for the money to buy it for him, purely for the cool factor.
 
2012-04-09 08:08:53 PM
Aw. I grew up using a C64. One of these day I'm going to buy one off ebay or something just for the memories.
 
2012-04-09 08:12:27 PM
Even after the original C64s were outdated, the monitors still went strong for decades.

I had a stack of them at one point. Only ever stopped using them when that screen size became unacceptable, not because the monitors themselves died.
 
2012-04-09 08:12:44 PM
Sniff**

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-09 08:12:52 PM
gunship and hardball
 
2012-04-09 08:20:43 PM
Fare thee well Jack. I spent countless hours of my youth playing on Atari hardware: 2600, 400, 800XL and the 1040ST. Star Raiders, Ultima III and too many other games to name.
 
2012-04-09 08:21:00 PM
I will turn on my 64C, 1541, 1581, 1351 and 1750 and boot up GEOS in memoriam.
 
2012-04-09 08:25:14 PM
10 POKE 53280,0
20 POKE 53281,0
30 PRINT "BYE, JACK :("
 
2012-04-09 08:38:04 PM
RIP, incredibly slow floppy drive* man.

*which could be made to run at acceptable speeds with a cartridge plug-in.
 
2012-04-09 08:38:09 PM
10 ?"bye jack thanks for the memories";
20 goto 10

Run
 
2012-04-09 08:40:33 PM

Ghastly: Too bad he and his sons didn't have the good sense to shuffle off just after they released the Atari ST but before they completely destroyed the company.


Ah yes, the great Video Game Crash of 1983. I was just a pup then. Had my third-rate Pac-Man and Yar's Revenge and that's all we needed. Those were carefree days that we thought would last forever. Then ET came along. At first we just wrote it off as a bad game. Sure, those pits were impossible to get out of, and that jackass FBI agent was a pain in the ass. But it was just one game, right? And then the rumors started. Mass graves in New Mexico. Brand new cartridges piled waist high, baking in the desert heat. Every game in K-Mart tossed into the $.99 clearance bin. Overnight, the entire market disappeared and we were left with a moldering Atari 5200 and a copy of Pitfall. The horror... the horror...
 
2012-04-09 08:41:24 PM

TranslucentNinja: Fare thee well Jack. I spent countless hours of my youth playing on Atari hardware: 2600, 400, 800XL and the 1040ST. Star Raiders, Ultima III and too many other games to name.


Great hobbyists machines, I learned to write 6502 on a 400 (then an 800xl - no cassette!) and 68000 on a 1040ST

Good times, I wish I had the energy and enthusiasm now that I had back then
 
2012-04-09 08:49:08 PM
From the linked Forbes article:

"His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers - 'for the masses and not the classes.'"

Boy, is this ever true. I got my start with the Commodore 64 back in 1983, and I've been programming ever since. Amazing how far we've come with home computers, but for me, Commodore was the catalyst that got me started.
 
2012-04-09 08:49:12 PM

thelunatick: 10 ?"bye jack thanks for the memories";
20 goto 10

Run


10 print "THIS"
20 goto 10

RUN
 
2012-04-09 08:51:07 PM

grossmont: From the linked Forbes article:

"His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers - 'for the masses and not the classes.'"

Boy, is this ever true. I got my start with the Commodore 64 back in 1983, and I've been programming ever since. Amazing how far we've come with home computers, but for me, Commodore was the catalyst that got me started.


Here's a fun fact: the BASIC Commodore used in their computers was licensed from Microsoft. MS made this dialect. MS was originally in the computer languages business before they got into the OS business.
 
2012-04-09 08:53:30 PM
Now that is freaky, I dragged out both of my old Commodore 64s this morning for the first time in ten years and spent most of the day trying to fix them (finally got one to work but without sound). I was reading about Tramiel again just today as I was looking for repair info online.
 
2012-04-09 08:58:44 PM

Jocundry: Aw. I grew up using a C64. One of these day I'm going to buy one off ebay or something just for the memories.


NOT a good idea. I did exactly this a few years ago. Everything worked, but it all reeked of years of cigarette smoking, and I was unpleasantly reminded of how tedious just loading programs was. It was painfully slow and unreliable.

In a nutshell, the whole experience kind of killed my loving memories of the "old days". I tossed everything in disappointment. Moral: Keep Your Memories, not the hardware.
 
2012-04-09 09:12:50 PM
I tought myself Assembly Language on the C64. What a great little computer!

/6510 ftw
 
2012-04-09 09:15:37 PM
When he died, he executed PANTLOAD "*",8,1
 
2012-04-09 09:18:47 PM
I still have my C64, but I have no idea if it even works.
 
2012-04-09 09:18:53 PM
Crap. I'm finally going to be forced to upgrade, aren't I?
 
2012-04-09 09:21:48 PM
10 a=0
20 a=a+1
30 print "i am "a" years old"
40 if a

run
 
2012-04-09 09:24:38 PM
10 a=0
20 a=a+1
30 print i am "a" years old"
40 if a is less than 83 then goto 20 else END
run
 
2012-04-09 09:24:47 PM
Goodnight Computer man.....:-(

The C= 64 is why I do what I do for a living now.

/Still have fully functional A1000
 
2012-04-09 09:25:59 PM
the less than sign didnt work..ruined my joke
 
2012-04-09 09:26:18 PM
photoguy, i believe that would result in a ?SYNTAX ERROR .. (or would it be ?REDO FROM START .. or was that TRS-80 only? i can't recall now..)

Good bye, Jack. Thank you for the wonderous wonders in my childhood, and the fantastic career that I have today.
 
2012-04-09 09:26:59 PM
Commodore was 64 bit before it was cool.
 
2012-04-09 09:27:40 PM

badLogic: I tought myself Assembly Language on the C64. What a great little computer!

/6510 ftw


I still think back, fondly, to constructing sprite masks in code, pixel by pixel. Without hyperbole, I owe much of my career to the C64. Without it, I wouldn't have learned the basics of software development, which prepared me for the IBM desktop explosion in the '80s. Without it, I wouldn't have fond memories of playing Impossible Mission and Alternate Reality all night with friends, or meeting people online when QuantumLink came out, or the fun of running (and later writing software for) a BBS - it made computing relevant and accessible to even poor folks like myself.
 
2012-04-09 09:28:55 PM
I was a TSR-80 COCO user..32K ram and a tape drive
 
2012-04-09 09:29:57 PM
The c-64 saved my life or at the very least my sanity. I had a talent for writing but atrocious handwriting. It got to the point where I failed a quarter in 8th grade English because the teacher simply refused to read anything I turned in.

My dad got a c-64 and a dot matrix printer and together we painstakingly typed in a word processor that was printed in assembly code in the back of Compute! Gazette and I learned to type. The same day that smug biatch failed me she had to call my parents and tell them I'd won a thousand dollars in a statewide essay contest for the first typed paper I turned in.
 
2012-04-09 09:30:08 PM
Still have a VIC20, a C64, and a C128 boxed up in the attic somewhere.

/R.I.P. Mr. Tramiel
 
2012-04-09 09:35:19 PM
If it weren't for the C64, I would likely still be washing dishes and delivering pizzas for a living.

Thank you, sir.
 
2012-04-09 09:36:27 PM

cman: Here's a fun fact: the BASIC Commodore used in their computers was licensed from Microsoft. MS made this dialect. MS was originally in the computer languages business before they got into the OS business.


Even better: Microsoft wrote the BASIC interpreter for the Apple II as well (Microsoft was the "soft" in "Applesoft").
 
2012-04-09 09:36:37 PM

FormlessOne: badLogic: I tought myself Assembly Language on the C64. What a great little computer!

/6510 ftw

I still think back, fondly, to constructing sprite masks in code, pixel by pixel. Without hyperbole, I owe much of my career to the C64. Without it, I wouldn't have learned the basics of software development, which prepared me for the IBM desktop explosion in the '80s. Without it, I wouldn't have fond memories of playing Impossible Mission and Alternate Reality all night with friends, or meeting people online when QuantumLink came out, or the fun of running (and later writing software for) a BBS - it made computing relevant and accessible to even poor folks like myself.



my Fark handle came into being in 1986 when I got a 300 baud modem plugged it into my C-64 and called the number of a BBS that was featured in a newspaper column. It asked for a username and password and I typed the first thing that came into my head. It was the beginning of a profound change in my world as I found that I wasn't the only geek in the world
 
2012-04-09 09:44:09 PM

photoguy: the less than sign didnt work..ruined my joke


We got the point, tho. <<<<<<<<<<<
HTML CODE Link (new window)
 
2012-04-09 09:44:24 PM
Jocundry: Aw. I grew up using a C64. One of these day I'm going to buy one off ebay or something just for the memories.

Stig O'Tracy: NOT a good idea. I did exactly this a few years ago. Everything worked, but it all reeked of years of cigarette smoking, and I was unpleasantly reminded of how tedious just loading programs was. It was painfully slow and unreliable. In a nutshell, the whole experience kind of killed my loving memories of the "old days". I tossed everything in disappointment. Moral: Keep Your Memories, not the hardware.

This also holds true for the Intellivision I got on eBay a couple of years ago. Even though it came with several of my favorite games, I was somehow unable to recapture the magic of Christmas morning, 1981.

/Rosebud
 
2012-04-09 09:51:35 PM

photoguy: I was a TSR-80 COCO user..32K ram and a tape drive


POKE 65495,0

Relatively Obscure: I was never cool enough to have a Commodore 64. We got the Coleco ADAM instead.


The ADAM's tape drive probably loaded programs faster than the Commodore's disk drive. The whole thing with the printer sitting in the middle of everything though was rather weird.
 
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