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