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Commodore 64 Primed For a Comeback In June

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the new-use-old-number dept.

Hardware 330

angry tapir writes "The Commodore 64 is getting a makeover, with a new design and some of the latest computing technologies, as the brand gets primed for a comeback. The revamped computer will be available through the Commodore USA online store, which is set to open June 1. The computer will be an all-in-one keyboard, with Intel's 64-bit quad-core microprocessors and 3D graphics capabilities."

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Clear Hoax (5, Insightful)

1karmik1 (963790) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595932)

Look. at. the. site. It's a chinese 3rd rate gadget imitator wet dream. There is a pseudo-configuration page vaguely mimicking Dell's one with no functionality. No logo. No design. and GOD that heinous thing in the pictures looks CLUNKY and CHEAP. This is a hoax. /. have seen several in the past years tied to the good old C64. I'm very surprised it made the front page :(

Re:Clear Hoax (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595952)

Look. at. the. site.

Trying. I think it's dead Jim.

Re:Clear Hoax (2, Informative)

1karmik1 (963790) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595994)

Slashdotted, nice! Anyway, the site i meant was the homepage of this supposed "manufacturer" that licensed Commodore's brand. Here is the link. http://www.commodoreusa.net/index.html [commodoreusa.net] It's ludicrous :P

Re:Clear Hoax (4, Funny)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596244)

Sustaining six connections per minute is all a C64 can do. No wonder it's slashdotted.

Re:Clear Hoax (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596164)

10 PRINT CHR$(147)

Re:Clear Hoax (2, Insightful)

XiX36 (715429) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596226)

I am suspicious as well, the built-in keyboard has windows keys. If it is being marketed as a machine to run multiple OS's, why not put the old C= symbol on those keys. Since they are using the name, why not use the logo as well? It's a minor point, but if this is real and they are resurrecting the name to appeal to those of us who remember messing around with Commodores then details like that might matter a bit. Certainly anyone who remembers playing around with basic on the livingroom tv could figure out that the C= key functions as a windows button.

Re:Clear Hoax (1)

paazin (719486) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596242)

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

You'd probably have little doubt that the site is genuine, if you simply examined it further. It really is rather pathetic -- they're looking for people to only purchase this slapped together crap for nostalgia's sake.

No news story here folks, just another company trying to peddle something no one will buy.

Re:Clear Hoax (1)

Svippy (876087) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596352)

Look. at. the. site. It's a chinese 3rd rate gadget imitator wet dream. There is a pseudo-configuration page vaguely mimicking Dell's one with no functionality. No logo. No design. and GOD that heinous thing in the pictures looks CLUNKY and CHEAP. This is a hoax. /. have seen several in the past years tied to the good old C64. I'm very surprised it made the front page :(

I think it is legit enough. Commodore USA is a registered company in the United States, and their site is quite clearly commodoreusa.net

The actual issue is not so much that it looks like a hoax, but that it is so endlessly poorly carried out. It's pathetic! It's like watching Birdemic [wikipedia.org] , a product that tries to itself seriously, while everyone around it is laughing (and possibly crying a little inside).

Re:Clear Hoax (1)

quantumpineal (1724214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596372)

Sounds a bit like an Xbox?

Re:Clear Hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596480)

I EXIF metadata of the picture shows a date taken of 12/2006. But the model of camera is a Phase One P45 which is NOT cheap at all.

Commodore 64? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595934)

Sounds more like a Commodore 2010 to me. :p

Re:Commodore 64? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596086)

The "64" was the memory it had and not the date.

Re:Commodore 64? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596246)

I know this.

Re:Commodore 64? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596266)

then Commodore 2097152

Re:Commodore 64? (1)

Inschato (1350323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596320)

In this case, the 64 obviously stands for 64-bit processor, much like the Nintendo 64.

What do you mean comeback.... (1)

eXFeLoN (954179) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596486)

comeback? comeback you say? mine has never left service. this is the final straw. will no piece of my childhood not be tentacle raped?

C64 = Legend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595942)

Legends never die, they just sys 64738

?syntax error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595944)

first prost

64-bit?! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595954)

with Intel's 64-bit quad-core microprocessors and 3D graphics capabilities

Then it's not a Commodore 64, it's just a modern product trying to cash in on the famous name.

Re:64-bit?! (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595980)

Exactly right. It doesn't even have a cassette drive.

Re:64-bit?! (0, Offtopic)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596028)

First, there was Pressman: a portable cassette drive made by Sony that led to Walkman. Now there is the replacement for Walkman, called an MP3 player. Save your programs to that.

Re:64-bit?! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596206)

Bonus points to the first person that can rip an mp3/flac from an old cassette and get the program to load.

-- gid

Re:64-bit?! (3, Interesting)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596304)

Bonus points to the first person that can rip an mp3/flac from an old cassette and get the program to load.

Has anyone ever done that? Come to think of it, since MP3 discards audio outside of human hearing ranges, would it even work? I suppose that since (usually by limiting to 9600bps or so) you can get a fax machine to work on a VoIP line, this could work as well though.

That'd be really neat/useless, feeding MP3 files to a c64 emulator to load applications. :D

Re:64-bit?! (1)

doob (103898) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596436)

I've done this with an iBook plugged into the cassette input of an Amstrad CPC. It was actually surprising how much you could compress the MP3. I think I went down at least as low as 64kpbs (can't remember any of the other settings) and have programs still load.

Re:64-bit?! (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596470)

Has anyone ever done that? Come to think of it, since MP3 discards audio outside of human hearing ranges, would it even work? I suppose that since (usually by limiting to 9600bps or so) you can get a fax machine to work on a VoIP line, this could work as well though.

Not sure about the commodore, but the BBC frequently used a rate of about 2400bps - and since when was audio tape a suitable medium to store audio outside of human hearing ranges?

Re:64-bit?! (4, Insightful)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596484)

Have you forgotten that cassette tapes only recorded *within* human hearing ranges?

Re:64-bit?! (1)

Unka Willbur (1771596) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596412)

Bonus points to the first person that can rip an mp3/flac from an old cassette and get the program to load.

-- gid

Already done [cox.net] , for Atari 2600 cassette-based games. No trouble at all.

Re:64-bit?! (1)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596450)

Already done, though I didn't use a C= 64, I used a Z-80 training board.

I can haz +1 internets?

Re:64-bit?! (4, Funny)

bjourne (1034822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596088)

Whew! Thanks for clearing up that misunderstanding for us. I mean, I don't think I was alone in thinking that a computer with an Intel 64-bit quad-core cpu was a Commodore 64. Internet needs more people like you to stop people from trying to cash in on famous names from spreading their disinformation!

Re:64-bit?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596438)

Reply fail.

Pick your OS flavor? (1)

soup4you2 (571216) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595958)

"will run the Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems."

This could get interesting.

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (1)

ircmaxell (1117387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596010)

No BASIC? It's not a Commodore 64 then...

I am not interested. What's the difference between this and all the other all-in-one computers out there? The fact that the CPU is in the keyboard instead of the monitor? Who cares...?

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596458)

If it doesn't run EasyScript, I'm not interested. That was so cool: you could embed printer control codes into your documents, to turn on bold and underline and italics! Even superscript and subscript (if your printer could do that... mine did!)

To be fair, an "all-in-one" that puts the CPU in the keyboard can be handier than the iMac approach: it's a lot easier to carry from place to place and hook up to whatever monitor is handy.

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (1)

gnasher719 (869701) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596060)

"will run the Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems."

Apple vs. Psystar ended with a $30,000 fine for copying MacOS X per se without permission ($30,000 for an unlimited number of copies, RIAA take note), plus $2500 for each individual case of DMCA violation (that is $2500 per each single copy put on a non-Apple branded computer that actually works; that's the expensive part). And if the machine is just _capable_ of running unmodified MacOS X, that is already a DMCA violation, whether the company or an end user installs the OS or not.

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596184)

What is there so special about apple computers that makes it the only machines possible capable running unmodified Mac OS X? EFI? GPT?

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (4, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596210)

Lawyers.

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (1)

gid (5195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596228)

Which is exactly the reason why I will never own an Apple computer, iPod, iTouch, iPad, iPhone, iMac, etc.

Re:Pick your OS flavor? (1)

Rallias Ubernerd (1760460) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596296)

Really? 2 corrections. Mac OSX not supported (according to the website). And Linux is a kernal, not an OS

A Commodore In Name Only (4, Informative)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595962)

TFA says it's an Intel x86 based machine running Windows. The only thing Commodore about this thing is that it's built in to an oversized PC-style keyboard, and even that's a stretch. This is a Commodore in name only.

Re:A Commodore In Name Only (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596000)

TFA says it's an Intel x86 based machine running Windows.

That's interesting. I didn't know you could run Windows with 64K of RAM.

GEOS (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596050)

That's interesting. I didn't know you could run Windows with 64K of RAM.

You can't, unless you count GEOS [wikipedia.org] . That's why the 64 in this stands for a 64-bit CPU, like the Nintendo 64.

She's a brick... HOUSE! (0, Offtopic)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596038)

This is a Commodore in name only.

So was the Commodore 64; it wasn't even endorsed by Lionel Richie [wikipedia.org] .

Re:A Commodore In Name Only (1)

happy_place (632005) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596180)

And why anyone would want to revive the Commodore name is beyond me. Commodore killed one of the best computers of its age... (the Amiga) Might as well brand your product the "Mein Furher" brand...

Re:A Commodore In Name Only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596422)

Speaking of Amiga - this can apparently run it lmao. Though I love Amiga soo much!

This is not a C64 at all (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595964)

The computer will be an all-in-one keyboard, with Intel's 64-bit quad-core microprocessors and 3D graphics capabilities.

So how is it a C64 then? I bet it doesn't even have 64K of RAM.

Re:This is not a C64 at all (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595998)

It's 64 bit.

Re:This is not a C64 at all (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596014)

It's 64 bit.

Which should be enough for anybody.

Re:This is not a C64 at all (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596380)

LOL! Actually it should be most of the time. At current rate of progress, we'll have another 40 or so years until 64 bits is inadequate for addressing the amount of RAM we have. 64 bit integers can handle values up to almost 10^19 which is the sort of value that doesn't come up often in the real world unless you're counting atoms or measuring planets. 64 bit floats are really quite high precision and almost allow mm accuracy modeling of the solar system.

The main beneficiary of more bits is cryptography, but you'll never have enough bits for that.

Re:This is not a C64 at all (2, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596310)

So how is it a C64 then? I bet it doesn't even have 64K of RAM.

Because they expect to sell 64 units ?

Re:This is not a C64 at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596410)

64 units should be enough for anybody.

Re:This is not a C64 at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596488)

Perhaps it has 64 KB of L1 cache? Although with four cores even that would add up to 256 KB.

I already have one (4, Funny)

dmgxmichael (1219692) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595968)

Seriously! I pulled the sticker off my old Commodore 64 this morning and put it on my computer. Now it too is a commodore 64!

Re:I already have one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596396)

lol, same here; i put it on my keyboard and it has been moving from keyboard to keyboard for years :)

Re:I already have one (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596428)

I'm running Ubuntu on my NES. No fancy labelling, I just slipped an old cartridge into the empty 5.25" bay until it fit and wired up a controller to the serial port.

At first it wouldn't boot, but blowing on the cartridge contacts worked a treat.

Yawn (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595974)

Intel's 64-bit quad-core microprocessors [...] 500GB of hard drive storage and 4GB of RAM. Also included are a DVD-RW drive, a touchpad, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a DVI

and

The PC will run the Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

So, it's laptop computer without a screen intended to be attached to a normal computer screen. Apart from form factor (an even then - many computers of the C64 era had this form factor) this has nothing to do with Commodore 64. It's just a PC like an other one on the market. At least if it had come with a HDMI port to be by default attached to a HDTV, then it would be closer to the Commodre 64 legacy.

Also... "Will run Mac OS X"... Definitely not legally....

All in all: Meh!

Re:Yawn (1)

1karmik1 (963790) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596070)

Since when it's legal or illegal to run your own software on whatever hardware you want? As long as it's not child pornography (and you bought it if it's proprietary software), in the privacy of your home you can run osx or beos or Xenix on whatever hardware you manage to make it run on (if you have legal rights of some kinds on the hardware that is). The situation you're referring to as illegal is probably the one of Psystar. A System Integrator that started *selling* system with OSX pre-installed. That's a whole different beast :)

HDTVs with VGA input (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596076)

At least if it had come with a HDMI port to be by default attached to a HDTV, then it would be closer to the Commodre 64 legacy.

Almost any PC since 1987 can be connected to a TV because most HDTVs sold where I live have a VGA input. But the original C64 also competed with the NES as a game console; how will the new C64 compete with the Xbox 360?

Re:HDTVs with VGA input (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596434)

Yes, I know... My sister has her computer hooked up to her HDTV that way. Still, I wonder why it's VGA input. Why not DVI? VGA is analog AFAIK, and DVI is digital... Connectig a computer to HDTV using VGA implies digital-analog-digital, where the simple path would be digital-digital which both DVI and HDMI provide.

HDMI seems to be present on all HDTVs, but not DVI... I wonder why...

Re:HDTVs with VGA input (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596490)

Still, I wonder why it's VGA input. Why not DVI?

TVs tend to have both VGA and HDMI inputs. But a lot of computers, especially netbooks and the like, have room for only one output.

HDMI seems to be present on all HDTVs, but not DVI... I wonder why...

Because HDMI is signal-compatible with DVI, and a cable from a computer's DVI output to a TV's HDMI input is under $10 on Amazon.

Another comeback? (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595978)

Good thing Frank Sinatra's not alive to see this...

Re:Another comeback? (1)

dfxm (1586027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596216)

or LL Cool J...

Riding the back of nostalgia. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595984)

Sure, the C64 was a fantastic machine in its time. But that was the 1980s. Commodore hasn't been in the public consciousness for nearly two decades (the last Amigas from Commodore - the 1200 and 4000T - ceased production in 1996, if Wikipedia can be trusted). They're planning an all-in-one keyboard computer, just like the original C64, and I can pretty much guarantee: it'll flop. The design had good reason back in the 80s, but not so much now - they're banking upon the name driving sales, but I suspect a lot of people will look at it and discount it for that same reason.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596052)

Most of the younger generation (such as my self) has either never heard of C64 or never used one. I've never used one of these machines before; I might be interested in getting a modern remake if it was just as limited as the original, just to see how far we've come since that time period, but the brand means very little to me in a modern computer. The all-in-one design would be very hard for me to use on a day to day basis because of my desk arrangement, and the same applies to many of my friends' desks as well. I concur that this will flop.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (5, Insightful)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596182)

And this is why your generation sucks at programming.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (2, Insightful)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596286)

As one who did programme back then (and earlier), I can assure you that his generation sucks no more or less than did the older generation; just in different ways.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596482)

Relax, it was a joke.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (4, Insightful)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596240)

Your post makes me sad on two levels; first that at 25 I'm no longer part of the younger generation (nearly everyone my age has seen/used a C64 at least in their early grades of primary school); and secondly because there are poor people out there who have never had a chance to use one.

Limited pfft: POKE, PEEK, and 64k is all anyone will ever need.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596080)

Most likely, I've seen computers that were built completely into the keyboard in recent years, but they haven't taken off. I'd be shocked if the name would be enough to change that.

Re:Riding the back of nostalgia. (4, Informative)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596218)

I see no reason for this particular outfit to succeed(keyboard computers are a niche, the C64 name isn't worth paying any extra for, Asus's oddball EEEboard will be out real soon now, etc.); but, the product itself has been around for some years now, which suggests that it is still making money, albeit in a niche.

Unless the latest outfit wearing a mask made from Commodore's flayed face is simply stealing clip art, what they are selling is a simple rebadge of Cybernet's "ZPC" [cybernetman.com] . Those things have been around at least since the P4 was the face of "intel inside" possibly earlier. Unless Cybernet is an ass about small quantities or something, there is absolutely no reason to order from some fly-by-night rebadge house; but the product is real enough, and presumably has enough of a niche(probably space constrained POS applications and similar) to justify the engineering costs of shoving a laptop motherboard into a keyboard housing for the past few generations of x86 hardware.

What's the point?? (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595988)

Really, what's the point.

Well, I had a Commodore 64 (or was it a Vic=20, never knew the difference and I was barely old enough to use it)

The age of different consumer computer archs is over, unfortunatelly, gone with the last Apple PPC. It made sense on those days, but now...

I don't see the point of grabbing a PC and slapping a C64 sticker on it. At least it should come with a C64 emulator :P :P

is the Atari 2600 coming back too!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31595990)

good heavens!

Re:is the Atari 2600 coming back too!! (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596116)

I'll only care if it comes with a 2600 bit CPU.

Hmmmm... (1)

damstrong7611 (1758778) | more than 4 years ago | (#31595996)

Hmmmm.. Wonder if it's backwards compatible..??

Re:Hmmmm... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596092)

Hmmmm.. Wonder if it's backwards compatible..??

VICE [wikipedia.org] should answer that question handily.

Not really a comeback (4, Insightful)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596002)

... but a rebranding that - put simply - insults the name of the good old '64.

Seriously: what does this have to do with the old 8bit microcomputer?
  • Can I peek or poke the memory?
  • Can I play Turrican and Hawkeye on it?
  • Does it have a SID?
  • Does it even read my old datassettes?
  • And yes... it does run Linux, sadly...

    Those wishing to a Commodore 64 should look elsewhere [c64upgra.de] (or Ellsworth - haha, lame I know...)

Ummm....yes! (1, Troll)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596072)

You can do all that with a C64 emulator, yes.

Re:Not really a comeback (0, Troll)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596122)

Can I peek or poke the memory?

Yes. It's called a kernel debugger (yes, correctly spelled this time).

Can I play Turrican and Hawkeye on it?

Yes, in a suitable emulator.

Does it have a SID?

It has a much more powerful software synthesizer that can do a good job of emulating the SID.

Re:Not really a comeback (1)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596398)

I might be feeding the trolls, but still...

>Yes, in a suitable emulator.
Then just get a free emulator such as VICE or Frodo, that more than capable of running on even a 486DX2.

Using PEEK or POKE from a BASIC prompt is at least an order of magnitude easier and more straightforward that messing with around with a kernel debugger of a such a massive operating system such as GNU/Linux. To replicate the Commodore experience you'd need a very stripped down and moderately powerful machine that boots directly into a friendly Python interpreter and provides simple, manipulable hooks into system resources such as the GPU and the sound chip (or any layer of abstraction above). Currently, I do not know of any comparatively easy way to do it on any Linux distribution.

Still, there might be an untapped market for such a device, that might be well understood by dads in their early thirties and fourties. Now that would be something similiar to the C64.

Re:Not really a comeback (1, Troll)

lxs (131946) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596156)

It runs a crappy excuse for an operating system made by Microsoft. So in that way it is very similar to the old 64.

Re:Not really a comeback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596382)

Actually it doesn't run Linux I've heard they ported GEOS to 64bit

That's not a Commodore 64... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596020)

The quad code system with be a Plus/4!

Not Commodore 64 (2, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596022)

It's called the "Phoenix". "Commodore" is just the brand.

A computer of rank! (3, Funny)

xerent_sweden (1010825) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596024)

Looks like the new commodore is a computer of rank, as it's been through major revisions in general. I wonder what kernel it will incorporalte.

Re:A computer of rank! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31596148)

Your pun is rank. In General, if you can not do better than that, you should keep it Private or prepare for corporal punishment.

which is set to open June 1 (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596046)

Are you sure that's not April 1?

Upgrades? (5, Insightful)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596098)

From the commodoreusa website:

There’s nothing like it. At just 17.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall, it’s designed to take up far less room — and use far less energy — than any other desktop computer.

So, in other words, it's a desktop that will be a colossal PITA upgrade and will probably use non-standard parts to get everything to fit. All the upgrade inconvenience of a laptop with none of the advantages.

Re:Upgrades? (5, Funny)

dingen (958134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596138)

So, in other words, it's a desktop that will be a colossal PITA upgrade and will probably use non-standard parts to get everything to fit.

Hmm... now that you put it that way, it kinda does resemble the original C64 after all.

Are they using original C64s... (4, Funny)

AC-x (735297) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596112)

... to host their website?

Re:Are they using original C64s... (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596282)

From the speed I would say more of a Vic-20.

E-Mail From America (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596124)

I am Junis, a refugee from the last regime of the United States. Our former oppressors ridiculed Commodore machines and as such I had hid my 2010 Commodore 64 behind my meager 65" LCD Television. Had it been found, I might have been criticized for buying such a brand of computer by my peers.

I could still see the dust of the pick-up trucks carrying Dell computers out of my village and some friends and I went and dug through the PS3, XBox 360 and Wii cables by the LCD TV where I had hid the computer. They might have derided or laughed at us if they'd found it. It was forbidden, although they used Sega Dreamcasts all of the time. I am now furiously trying to download internets and libraries of congress I've missed from countries like Iran and North Korea. With the changing of the television seasons, "American Idol" and "Lost" are slowly returning to the television stations. Justice, Freedom & Liberty have finally come to my hometown in the United States.

Thankfully and sincerely,
Junis
(sent from my new Commodore 64)

The C64, an eulogy (5, Insightful)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596174)

Since it will be some time before I get to see the good old C64 mentioned on the Slashdot first page, I'd like to say that Jack Tramiel is the unsung hero of the personal computer, even more than Steve Jobs in this regard. He advocated a computer 'for the classes, not for the masses'. By driving down the retail price and selling the C64 in toy stores and Walmart, he created a broader market and introduced a lot of low-to-middle class kids, who could not afford the Apple II or the Macintosh, to the joys of computing.

By sparking the low-cost microcomputer revolution of the eighties, he prepared a whole generation to the modern digital age.

Jack Tramiel's Wikipedia entry. [wikipedia.org]

Re:The C64, an eulogy (1)

discord5 (798235) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596346)

I'd like to say that Jack Tramiel is the unsung hero of the personal computer [snip] By sparking the low-cost microcomputer revolution of the eighties, he prepared a whole generation to the modern digital age.

10 PRINT "THANK YOU JACK TRAMIEL"
20 GOTO 10

If it wasn't for the C64 I'd probably have never gotten into this stuff. God only knows what I would've wasted the years as a teenager on.

Re:The C64, an eulogy (1)

Onymous Coward (97719) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596358)

Tramiel was an ass, though. Sure, his contribution to the end effect was good, but talk about mistreatment of engineers. If you want unsung heroes, let's mention Bob Yannes and Al Charpentier and Charles Winterble.

Nope, not a commodore (3, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596198)

If it doesn't boot to BASIC, and require

load "*",8,1

to start software, it isn't commodore 64. Case closed.

What it really is (4, Insightful)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596298)

Casemod.

nothing more, nothing less. a Wintel-PC with funny hat.

A long time ago (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596326)

I had a C+64 once. It was the 4th computer I bought.

This is simply a Cybernet ZPC-GX31 system (3, Informative)

HonestButCurious (1306021) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596360)

Circa March 2008:
http://www.cybernetman.com/en/products/zero-footprint-pc/zpc-gx31.cfm [cybernetman.com]
They even reused the stock footage.
Should cost at least $700, according to Gizmodo Australia:
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/03/cybernet_zpcgx31_a_pc_in_a_keyboardsized_case-2/ [gizmodo.com.au]

Another nerd joke ruined forever! (1)

boneglorious (718907) | more than 4 years ago | (#31596384)

If this is true, no one will ever laugh again when I shake my head sadly and reminisce over that old C64 I grew up with. They'll be like, "Yeah, and I have an iPhone. What's your point, Grandpa?"
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