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Commodore USA begins shipping replica C64s next week, fulfilling your beige breadbox...
Engadget ^ | 6/19/11 | Jesse Hicks

Posted on 06/20/2011 3:58:18 AM PDT by markomalley

If you're like us, you've probably been holding your breath in anticipation since Commodore USA announced its replica of the famous C64. It promised a keyboard PC that duplicated the original's retro-beige finish, with an Atom CPU and an NVIDIA Ion graphics card under the hood. But despite numerous announcements, and even after a cross-promotion with Tron: Legacy, they've yet to ship any products. The latest word from the company has pre-orders shipping next week, in five different varieties, from a barebones chassis and card reader to the C64x Ultimate – an $895 machine that includes 1TB hard drive and a Blu-ray player. If you haven't been teased enough over the past year of delays, hit the video after the break for more preview images.


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Now if they could make the Blu-Ray look like the C1541, they'd be right in there:


1 posted on 06/20/2011 3:58:22 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Nice, but it ain’t a replica if it doesn’t match the performance of the original C64.


2 posted on 06/20/2011 4:04:25 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

I think a modern wrist watch exceeds the computing power of original C64.


3 posted on 06/20/2011 4:09:27 AM PDT by Krosan
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To: markomalley

That’s a positively modern compared to the first single-sided 360K drives available from Commodore.


4 posted on 06/20/2011 4:11:05 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: markomalley
If you're like us, you've probably been holding your breath in anticipation since Commodore USA announced its replica of the famous C64

Can't say that I have.

5 posted on 06/20/2011 4:17:36 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SJSAMPLE

They’re going to lose their shirts.

“Colors and graphics” may be fun for the kids when it comes to Pong and Pac-Man down at the arcade but they just aren’t going to be an issue in personal computing.

Thanks but no thanks... I’ll hold on to my PET.


6 posted on 06/20/2011 4:23:50 AM PDT by golux
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To: markomalley

I only have one question.

Why?


7 posted on 06/20/2011 4:25:29 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: markomalley

Idiots.
1) the only people who would want to tinker with a C64 are geeks.
2) they would want to open it up and work with the original parts.
3) Geeks are smart enough to recognize the difference between a C64 and some crippled state of the art processor.


8 posted on 06/20/2011 4:26:08 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (In 2012 get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: markomalley
Just to be an idiot but, what, precisely, is the attraction of this thing? They were ugly the first time 'round (I remember, I was there), and age hasn't improved 'em much. spacer
9 posted on 06/20/2011 4:28:31 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: markomalley

But it would only be able to play DVDs in slow motion.


10 posted on 06/20/2011 4:32:29 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: Oceander

Novelty and Nostalgia.

I’ve even toyed around with putting a modern PC in a beige box from 92 just for kicks.


11 posted on 06/20/2011 4:35:18 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: markomalley

This is the equivalent of getting a sailship replica of the Cutty Sark in a bottle. Nice to look at, kind of cool. Put it back on the mantle where it belongs.


12 posted on 06/20/2011 4:49:25 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: markomalley

Pretty cool of them to do this. I wish they would reboot Atari.


13 posted on 06/20/2011 5:14:45 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (Watch Rubio.)
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To: markomalley; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

14 posted on 06/20/2011 5:16:57 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: markomalley

still have my Amiga 500, works just fine...


15 posted on 06/20/2011 5:44:47 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: markomalley

My Commodore VIC-20 still works and I have the cassette tape drive and a 300 baud modem! They all still work!


16 posted on 06/20/2011 7:02:28 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: markomalley

If this 80’s retro catches on, could reintroduction of the Chrysler K-Car be far behind?


17 posted on 06/20/2011 7:09:13 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: FreeManWhoCan

I have an old Atari 800XL with about 25 game cartridges including flight simulator, duck hunt, word processing and BASIC-PLUS. It still works!


18 posted on 06/20/2011 7:11:41 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: golux

LOL.
I had one cartridge game, “Choplifter”.
Everything else was text, like running the “Star Trek” game from a cassete tape.

I spent two weeks of my junior year at Michigan State “reverse engineering” Avalon Hill’s “Midway” game to give my aircraft carriers radar technology.


19 posted on 06/20/2011 7:13:34 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

Don’t forget little brother VIC-20’s cassette tape storage.


20 posted on 06/20/2011 7:14:09 AM PDT by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: ExTxMarine

Cool.. The Atari 1200Xl was my machine.. very nice keyboard.. The guys who rebooted the Commodore brand did it because they were sick of only hearing about Apple and PCs.


21 posted on 06/20/2011 7:15:59 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (Watch Rubio.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Obama’s waaaay ahead of you.
The K-cars were bought up by goobermint and military. Army K-cars were lime green and the USAF got the blue ones.

Obama’s gonna guy up a shit-ton of Chevy Volts since nobody else (other than his chronies at GE) is buying them.

Every thing old is new again.


22 posted on 06/20/2011 7:16:15 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Joe 6-pack
If this 80’s retro catches on, could reintroduction of the Chrysler K-Car be far behind?

I just found an old episode of Airwolf on Hulu. At one point the high tech intelligence agents are picked up in a Plymouth Horizon.

I feel old

23 posted on 06/20/2011 7:18:08 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: SJSAMPLE

My first PC clone was a Commodore with two 360K floppy disk drives.

A year later my office had a 20 meg HD. The guy in the next office bragged about his 40 meg. My thought was “who in the heck needs 40 megs, it would take a lifetime to fill it.”


24 posted on 06/20/2011 7:19:13 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: j_tull

I had one of the first 500 C-64s and there wasn’t a disk available at release, either. I used tape for the first 8 months, IIRC. Considering all the problems I had with the original 1541 disk drive, the tape was a blessing. I think mine was repaired about five times and was once in the shop for three months.


25 posted on 06/20/2011 7:23:09 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: markomalley; glock rocks; Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’ll never replace the adding machine. I took a night class at the the high school to learn DoS and it so traumatized me that I never touched another computer until I bought a Mac clone from Sears in the early 90s.


26 posted on 06/20/2011 7:51:30 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: Joe 6-pack
If this 80’s retro catches on, could reintroduction of the Chrysler K-Car be far behind?

That's why The Won had to bail-out GM and Chrysler! The have been manufacturing cars with the same K-Car quality!!!
27 posted on 06/20/2011 7:51:52 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: markomalley

My ba-by!! My first love!

Yeay!


28 posted on 06/20/2011 8:05:16 AM PDT by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: Joe 6-pack
If this 80’s retro catches on, could reintroduction of the Chrysler K-Car be far behind?

Begone evil K-car troll!!

29 posted on 06/20/2011 9:19:02 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Bigh4u2

Why not. It’s a nice little machine, with a bit of throwback chassis and the ability to play those old commie games some of which were damn good.


30 posted on 06/20/2011 9:26:49 AM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: discostu

I had one back in the 80’s (don’t remember what year) and it was fun at the time. I even built my own rs232 port that plugged into the expansion slot on the back so I could send files (text mostly) back and forth between my Commodore and my ‘shoebox’ z80 computer.

But now that the dinosaurs have died, I need to move on.

:0)


31 posted on 06/20/2011 9:37:46 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

It’s a full fledged Ubuntu installed 64 bit computer, OK it’s an underpowered Atom processor, but with a Linux you’ll hardly notice. Little bit of throwback decor never hurt anybody, and those games, some of the best games ever made were on the C64, haven’t seen a list of which ones they’re giving with the machine.


32 posted on 06/20/2011 9:46:48 AM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: BuffaloJack

The C63 was maybe 15” across, 6” deep and a couple inches high. You should be able to fit a mini-ATX motherboard and the other basics in there to make a pretty decent PC.


33 posted on 06/20/2011 11:22:25 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: discostu

“Little bit of throwback decor never hurt anybody”

Funny, but that’s exactly what my wife says to her friends when she’s looking at me!

:)


34 posted on 06/20/2011 12:03:13 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: markomalley
I had one of these in the early 90's, and played John Elway football on it. Beside the graphics being extremely simple, they could only display 7 players per team.

If that wasn't bad enough, whenever you would throw a pass, it would stop, cycle through the floppy for about ten seconds, and then it would show the rest of the play!

35 posted on 06/20/2011 12:30:01 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: VanDeKoik
I want my old Atari 800 back! Only this time, I'm going to splurge for the full 48KB of RAM.

spacer
Atari 800
36 posted on 06/20/2011 4:23:09 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: markomalley

Some people are nostalgic for the simplicity and fun that computers used to be. A few years ago some lady designed a joystick with a C64 built into it. I wonder what happened to that.


37 posted on 06/20/2011 4:36:00 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ShadowAce

I just got an ipad and im trying to find out how I go to my home page in the web browser. I cant find the button. I know this is off subject for this thread but ive been trying to find it for 3 hours and am now frustrated to no end. Hope someone can help. Im sure it is something simple I am overlooking. Thanks


38 posted on 06/20/2011 10:31:26 PM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: Rebelbase

Radio Shack TRS80 and that wondetful TRSDos was my first computer


39 posted on 06/20/2011 10:34:25 PM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: Rebelbase

You kids and your newfangled PCs... The Sinclair ZX81 was a real man’s computer! If you need more than 1k of memory, your code’s bloated!


40 posted on 06/20/2011 10:40:10 PM PDT by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: BJungNan
Was that the TRS-80 Model 1?


My first was the 16K Extended Color Basic Color Computer with the classic 'Chicklets' keyboard.

41 posted on 06/21/2011 8:52:07 AM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: SJSAMPLE

I might be wrong, but I seem to remember the C1541 as being a 170K drive.


42 posted on 06/21/2011 6:54:24 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: Melas

You’re correct.
I recall cutting tabs in the opposite sides and flipping them over.

360K does sound a bit much for 1983.


43 posted on 06/22/2011 5:17:45 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

Me too. The computer stores even started to carry punches that made perfect rectangular tabs. Remember how a C1541 would clatter and bang with copy protected disks?


44 posted on 06/22/2011 2:30:35 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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