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After 30 Years, The Commodore 64 Is Back  
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4524 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Really interesting article:

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home...rticle/112510/new-commodore-64-nyt

Quote:
In its heyday, the Commodore 64 was one of the most successful home computers made, shipping more than two million units a year for almost a decade after its release. Although exact numbers don't exist, experts estimate that the company sold between 15 and 30 million Commodore 64 computers.

But the Commodore 64's success was short-lived. Commodore International, the maker of the computer, declared bankruptcy in 1994 after several bad business decisions and aggressive competition from I.B.M. and Apple.
...

Now, nearly 30 years later, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer packed inside.


The original Commodore 64 (separate monitor):




The new Commodore 64:

80s Styling:


Rear USB, VGA, DVI, Ethernet, etc:


DVD RW or Blu Ray drive:


All in one Card Reader:


80s style logo and layout:



Commodore USA website: http://www.commodoreusa.net/CUSA_C64.aspx


[Edited 2011-04-09 12:02:41]

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User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Not sure if this will catch on...but it's awesome all the same  


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15830 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 1):

I would guess that Superfly is already in line to get one.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
I would guess that Superfly is already in line to get one.

Of course not!

- It's not been made in the 1970s. It can't be good for anything.

- It is of the devil: It is digital!



User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2156 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1477 times:

Nice, but I have an original C64, straight from the 80s right here. Also a couple of fine Atari STs and a Falcon.

But nice. I wonder if the keyboard feels the same as the 80s keyboard.

asturias



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

From the linked article-
"The new Commodore 64, which will begin shipping at the end of the month, has been souped up for the modern age. It comes with a 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900."
The price sounds about right, as does the feature content.

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
I wonder if the keyboard feels the same as the 80s keyboard.

I'm wondering just how painful it'll be to type on a keyboard of that height for any length of time. I suppose one could hook up a conventional USB keyboard for serious typing duties.



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User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
But nice. I wonder if the keyboard feels the same as the 80s keyboard.

Wouldn't be the same without that 'clunk'....

Pretty cool all the same though. Now they just have to do an updated Jumpman.......



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User currently onlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4087 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Wont be the same without the floppy discs ...  

User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27305 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

WOW blast from the past ! My Dad got me this as my first computer. I remember the tape machine for loading the games and made that funny noise  

User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3410 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1262 times:

I remember this from as late as the early to mid 90's and I would buy this just as a collectible computer to use every now and then especially that it has linux installed.

Quoting TSS (Reply 5):
I'm wondering just how painful it'll be to type on a keyboard of that height for any length of time. I suppose one could hook up a conventional USB keyboard for serious typing duties.

Man up, this was how computers started  

If you look closely it also has the PS/2 ports for borh a keyboard and mouse at the back. One more thing where is the
Wi-Fi   



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