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Commodore 64... is back (sort of)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by The Alternative, Apr 9, 2011.

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    Cool. I love retro stuff. I had both the Commodore Vic-20 and the 64 at one point back in the day, along with a few others like the IBM 5100 and the TRS-80. My first computer was a MITS Altair 8800. If that's not geek cred, I don't know what is. In fact, I still have my original TRS-80 Pocket Computer! It works well and I play with it from time to time.


    TRS-80 PC-3 Pocket Computer
    Released: June 1983
    Price: US $99.95
    Weight: 3.8 ounces
    CPU: SC 61860
    RAM: 4K (1.4K user)
    Ports: Proprietary-out only to optional printer
    Display: 24 X 1 text LCD display
    Power: 'button' batteries
    Storage: Optional audio cassette
    Peripherals: Optional printer
    OS: BASIC in ROM

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF

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    I have one too - and the printer. I have just a couple of rolls of the special paper for it too, so I'm hoarding those. Nothing like it today. The closest I come is with the app 'Basic!' on the iPad, which allows me to write a program in Basic, just like the old days.

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    Not KIDDING? Gotta go get that! Whoo...time for some serious flashback!

    I also had the bigger "portable" TRS-80..the tan one with the eight-line green monochrome screen. Even had a built-in speaker though you could only get tones out of it. I ended up giving that to a friend.

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    Like many of the old timers on this forum I still have my old computer. A TI-99/4A from the mid 80's (also still have Extended Basic, Speech Synthesizer and a couple dozen cartridges.) Sadly the thermal printer and PEB box got lost in a move back in the mid-90's. Ah, those were the days.

    More on the TI home computer here: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Very cool. A bit impractical considering what it ultimately is, but still, very cool.

    I still have mine somewhere (probably in a bin in my mother's attic alongside my old Atari 800XL). I need to do some hunting next time I'm there.
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    Black and Silver. Actually, never saw a tan unit. Were they rare?
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    Oh yeah, I remember spending hours on end copying code from a magazine only to be really diappointed by the 12 seconds of output :D

    Back in those days I'd wish fervently for some kind of scanning tool to read the code for me. The leaps and bounds we've taken in computing in 25 years is truly amazing.
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    OMG I want one =)
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    My first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 in 1981 in the UK. I think it cost me about 50 quid. My first experience of a computer was a couple of years earlier when I helped a friend build one from a kit (I made helpful comments). I don't remember what it was. That was in Singapore.

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