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Yesterday it was 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale. The home computer was very successful in the US and reasonable successful in the UK despite being up against the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the BBC Micro.

I was a Spectrum guy but later migrated to the 64’s successor the Amiga . One of my school friends had a 64 and I remember being impressed with the graphics and the great sound coming from the SID sound chip.

You can read more about the Commodore 64 on the Centre For Computing History’s site and if your interested in vintage computing make sure you come to our user group event in September where the Centre For Computing History will have a range of vintage kit

 

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The Commodore 64 was one of the most successful home computers in the world selling around 17 million units between 1982 to 1993 !

There were several versions of the C64 from the original “Bull Nosed” style through to the later re-styled version and even versions produced specifically for the education market.

The C64 features 64 kilobytes of RAM with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. Part of its success was due to the fact that it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores, and that Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost.

Approximately 10,000 commercial software titles were made for theCommodore 64 including development tools, office applications, and games. The machine is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene. The Commodore 64 is still used today by some computer hobbyists, and emulators allow anyone with a modern computer to run these programs on their desktop.

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