April 7, 2011

Commodore 64!

The Commodore 64 is coming back!! Everyone can start up a collection because I will even sell a Mac to get one of these machines into the stable.


From Digital News Report:

Digital News Report – Commodore USA, LLC has announced a Commodore 64 computer that may look like the 1980’s model, but has all the fast new technology that you would expect in today’s computer systems.

Fond memories of the Commodore 64 still reign with many. The 1980’s brought the Commodore 64 personal computer into the homes of many families for the first time. The company went bankrupt in the 90’s but there was still some rights to the name that were purchased at the end of this computer companies operations. Commodore USA LLC has licensed the rights to recreate the Commodore 64 into a new product.

The new computer has a Commodore 64 emulator that comes with it so you can run some of your classic favorites and see the command line prompt that you haven’t seen in years.

The operating system that comes with the new Commodore 64 is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Linux based OS, but you can buy and install Microsoft windows operating system on it if you so desire.

The Commodore 64 updated model is expected to ship between middle part of May or early June. The company’s website at www.commodoreusa.net, said that the price for the Commodore 64 basic system starts at $595 and goes up to $895 as they upgrade hardware components. If you are a do-it-yourself computer system builder you can buy the barebones Commodore 64 keyboard chassis case and card reader for $250.

Barry Altman founded Commodore USA, LLC in April of last year to bring back the nostalgic memories of Commodore and Amiga branded computers. There is also plans to bring back the Amiga computers.

By Victoria Brown


The other day I was driving along my commute route later in the morning than normal. This is not remarkable in itself. My commute takes me through a pretty substantial Amish community. I think it might be multiple Amish communities, because there is more than one school house along the route. Two of them are separated by a mile or so. Both are single room buildings, one of them looks like the schoolhouse seen in Walnut Grove in “Little House On The Prairie”. I sometimes look for Miss Beadle but she’s never around.

As I passed by I could see in the windows; there were several desks with children sitting at them. Smoke emanated from the chimney and the curtains on the windows were plainly pulled to one side. I imagine that the teaching and learning going on there is fairly simple in that there’s no computer, overhead project or probably even a dry-erase marker. That is kind of cool to me.

Though the philosophies differ, I admire the Amish for their adherence in what they believe in and how they choose to live their life. I have mentioned before that I really like their pies (it’s almost pie season!). Among the pies they would have had drawn coloring books for sale. No need for an Xbox, just color in the lines.

As a person that lives amongst a lot of technology and all the complications it can bring with it’s wonders, I think it’s important that one be able to also live simply. I believe that the person that is going to truly thrive in their existence is the one who could still live happily without the gadgets and by only the candlelight of the night and the wood fired stove heating the homemade soup. These skills reside in me somewhere, and I could call upon them if ever put in that situation. It would be a heck of an adjustment, but it is definitely doable.

I think it’s important to keep that perspective.

I recently heard of a young girl that was very upset that she couldn’t get in her car because the battery in her “clicker” had gone dead. She couldn’t unlock the door without it. She had no idea that she could put her in the slot and manually unlock the door.

Someone missed the basics along the way.

I think for us to truly thrive we must start with the same basics as a foundation and then build whatever more we want on top of that. But we mist never be afraid or ignorant of the basics.

Sometimes it works better to just keep it simple.