The BBC was kind enough to point out that one of the most significant early personal computers, the Commodore 64, went on sale in August 30 years ago. For many people, this machine was their introduction to personal computing, and for two members of the Ars staff, thinking about the machine brings up strong memories. Running a BBS in real color For me, stepping up tp the Commodore 64 from my TI-99/4A was a quantum leap forward in computing. The multimedia experience alone was worth the price of admission—incredible graphics and sound that seemed light years ahead of the market. Then there were the games. From arcade knock-offs to innovative 2-player experiences, you never got bored with the c64. Every visit to Zayer (yesteryear’s Walmart) meant spending any allowance or yardwork money I’d saved up. But nothing was more exciting than sliding in a brand new 5.25″ floppy disk—if you were lucky, it was an epic adventure game with multiple disks! As great as the gaming was, it was my introduction to the magical world of modems and BBSs that changed everything. Owners of the “Hayes compatible” Commodore 1670 1200 baud modem will surely recognize the letters ATDT as the gateway… Read full this story
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