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Today's Kids meet a 30 year old Computer

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Today's Kids meet a 30 year old Computer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19055707
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GrahamC
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Re: Today's Kids meet a 30 year old Computer

Guess that ages me somewhat  Cheesy
<<<<  Still using a trusty BBC 'B', now 30 years old.
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"The Commodore's ability to display 16 colours, smoothly scroll graphics and play back music through its superior SID (sound interface device) chip - even while loading programs off tape - helped win over fans, but it did not become the market leader until the late 1980s."
Not forgetting its sprite controls which enabled it to emulate arcade games.
And the enormous 5.25 very floppy drive.
And the modem, where you had to manually dial the bulletin board number then hang up when you heard the computer squeal.
A fun compact computer but, unlike the BBC, no easy way to program it yourself unless you stuck in the basic cartridge.
It did become popular later on probably mainly due to freezer cartridges. Which lead to lots of swapping of cassette game compilations.
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<<<<   Still using a trusty BBC 'B', now 30 years old.

You are using the Chrome browser on it of course?
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GrahamC
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Most recently Teletext  Grin
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Those kids won`t be able to stay late and watch this  then....

(2,000 year old computer found on Italian shipwreck in 1901)
http://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail.asp?id=130233445
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Just had to do a search on this subject and found the reason why I never had a C64 cos the ZX was released in 1982 along with C64, and I know remember looking at both machines in WH Smiths thinking C64 is too big and opted for the ZX think I paid £98 for it, where as the C64 was more expensive. Looking back the C64 was a far better computer the the ZX.
Until 1984.......................................................................The launch of Commodore Amiga  Cheesy
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The launch of Commodore Amiga  Cheesy

I remember popping up to a big computer shop in London on the launch day. The placed was packed. Amiga £399 with the monitor another £399.
Luckily for me the monitors were all sold out so I left it for a few months and the price dropped a fair bit.
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How on earth can you remember the price? Just like you got a monitor later, much later with my new 1500... Before anyone knocks Amiga think of this....
A few years later worked for company which developed CBT, had a contract from British Aero Space to convert their entire library of Amiga CBT modules.
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It's just something where you later think "how much that much too much".
I had a 1500 later and I remember buying a hard drive card for it. Can't remember what I paid for the hard drive. Must have been so much that I've blacked it out. Cheesy
After I bought that by some strange quirk I won first prize in a games mag which was an Amiga A500 with lots of extras. Unfortunately the mag was closed down/taken over by another publisher. Several months later after a bit of wrangling they agreed they owed me, and as the A500 was past, asked me if I would accept £500. Which of course I said yes to after I passed their hands back.
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Wow.  The Last Ninja! Cheesy