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1. Commodore 64 (and System i) still loved after all these years
(Eric Lehti)

Wanna compare the Commodore 64 computer to the System i? This article
from CNN provides lots of material and ideas so you can write an article
on how the System I, just like the Commodore 64, is still loved after
all these years!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/12/07/c64/index.html

Puts me right next to the edge of unpacking my C64 (and my Ohio Scientific C4P) to set up next to my Sinclair ZX-80 (_not_ ZX-81!) I'm torn between keeping them separated from my AS/400 170 -- I don't really want it looking like it's part of a museum.

I unintentionally alienated a DP manager back around '86 or so, a Mac bigot who was showing off to his group how advanced his Mac was with its icons and GUI and WYSIWYG editor stuff. I simply said something like "Yeah, nice. It's pretty much just like my Commodore 64." (For those who weren't into C64s as much, a kind of "OS" named GEOS was sold for C64s for $100 or so. It was kind of like Windows 2.0 which was more like the early Macs than it was like Windows 3.0 or especially Win95. Anyway, GEOS provided a desktop kind of interface and a bunch of GUI features.)

The DP manager was immediately offended, saying there was no way a C64 could work similarly. I then mentioned that the fancy (for the time) invoices I submitted every month were designed and printed on my C64 as an example.

I guess he wasn't pleased thinking that such work _could_ be done for perhaps a 70% cut in initial investment.

I didn't mention that I wasn't restricted to a B/W monitor nor that the sound processor blew the Mac totally away (at the time).

I had fun anyway, and the others in his department really enjoyed seeing him boil.

Tom Liotta


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