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Commodore 64 still loved after all these years
CNN ^ | 7 December 2007 | By Peggy Mihelich

Posted on 12/07/2007 7:44:13 AM PST by meowmeow

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To: Clemenza

I had the cassette drive on a TI-99/4A. The “drive,” of course, was a wire connected to the output ports of a 1972 boombox.


41 posted on 12/07/2007 1:07:52 PM PST by dangus
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To: Publius6961

13” tv set

I used to love playing f19 stealth fighter.


42 posted on 12/07/2007 1:08:52 PM PST by omega4179 ("Bring me the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west")
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To: HeadOn
There was a little “clockwork bird” inside the egg that was always broken when I opened the egg

You have to let the thief steal the egg, or you can just give it to him. He has the fine skills needed to open the egg without breaking the contents.

Then, of course, when you kill him in the Treasure Room, you can take both the egg and the bird.

And no, I didn't figure it out myself. I think someone told me the answer to that one.

43 posted on 12/07/2007 1:08:57 PM PST by EvilOverlord (Socialism makes workers into slaves and couch potatoes into kings)
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To: Publius6961
The Commodores and the Ataris had a split video output. There are separate chrominance and luminance signals that get combined in the monitor. Or, an RF modulator output could feed a color TV on channel 2 or 3. The RF modulator output wasn't nearly as good. I used the Commodore 1902 monitors with the split video inputs, and I have used black and white closed circuit TV monitors with both the Commodore and Atari computers. I can't remember now if they had a composite video output, but they must have if I was able to use the CCTV monitors. It's been too many years since I looked at that stuff.

Anyway, if a person didn't have the proper type of Commodore split video monitor they would have to use the RF modulator output and a color TV set. The video quality would suck and would frustrate any one used to the sharp video quality of an IBM PC or similar computer.

44 posted on 12/07/2007 1:09:08 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: meowmeow

Actually, the C64 had flashes of brilliance. Assembly language-style programming was made accessible to BASIC through “PEEKs” and “POKEs,” meaning you could actually write BASIC programs to directly enter memory into RAM locations. I/O devices shared memory locations directly, with no drivers, so you could PEEK and POKE your way to anything. It had virtual memory backwards: The drives were slow as hell, but the memory transfers were decent, so you could use RAM memory expansion packs as a virtual hard drive. It had a GUI desktop before PCs did.

I’d still like to know what fastrun did. It was software that made the hard drives function 10 times faster.


45 posted on 12/07/2007 1:16:16 PM PST by dangus
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To: Publius6961
Commodore connector pinouts
46 posted on 12/07/2007 1:17:29 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: meowmeow

Camel or MULE?

The MULE looked like a Camel. It was an early colonization game.


47 posted on 12/07/2007 1:17:34 PM PST by dangus
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To: EvilOverlord

AH! Of course! I think he was described as having “nimble fingers” or some such thing... Thanks!


48 posted on 12/07/2007 1:18:01 PM PST by HeadOn (Don't ask me if you don't want to know.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Oh well. Guess I can’t quit my job just yet...


49 posted on 12/07/2007 1:20:45 PM PST by HeadOn (Don't ask me if you don't want to know.)
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To: meowmeow

There was another role-playing game called Infidel, I think. You had to find a pyramid buried in the sand, then find a sarcophagus. My cousin and I solved that one. Shocking ending to it, for a 12-year-old.


50 posted on 12/07/2007 1:23:25 PM PST by hoppity
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To: HeadOn
Oh well. Guess I can’t quit my job just yet...

Not even if you had mountains of this piled up:


51 posted on 12/07/2007 1:28:22 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: meowmeow

I was eaten by a hungry grue a couple of times before I solved it.


52 posted on 12/07/2007 1:30:39 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: meowmeow

bmflr

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Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1926032/posts


53 posted on 12/07/2007 2:59:31 PM PST by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: NMR Guy

Way cool! Thanks!


54 posted on 12/07/2007 3:06:45 PM PST by The SISU kid (Imagination saved us from extinction)
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To: meowmeow

Timex Sinclair. It had a flat keyboard with BASIC commands pre-printed on the keys. First computer we ever owned, got it for Christmas in 1981, I think.


55 posted on 12/07/2007 3:17:05 PM PST by Bluestateredman (Self-sufficiency is the American Way)
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To: Publius6961

see post 38


56 posted on 12/07/2007 3:18:11 PM PST by The SISU kid (Imagination saved us from extinction)
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To: meowmeow

What was especially surprising is that the VIC-20 and C64 actually worked, unlike caculators we were getting from Commodore.


57 posted on 12/07/2007 3:19:36 PM PST by RightWhale (anti-razors are pro-life)
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To: paltz; meowmeow
I used to own a Commodore 64...


58 posted on 12/07/2007 6:01:56 PM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: meowmeow

Loved my C64. Never played Zork, though; my favorites were F15 Strike Eagle and the Stealth fighter game. Both were super-realistic (for the late 1980s).


59 posted on 12/09/2007 2:52:42 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: meowmeow

...I used to love playing Blue Max on mine. I had a lot of gret software for that little beige machine!

It’s probably in the bottom of some Staten Island landfill now - a depressing thought.

They should come back as a game system to compete w/ XBox and Wii.


60 posted on 12/09/2007 2:57:08 PM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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