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The Commodore 64 Turns 30 This Week

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The Commodore 64, that little computing powerhouse from the 1980s, turns 30 this week–check out an early Commodore ad for your daily dose of nostalgia.

Longing for the simple days of programming BASIC and playing Oregon Trail on the Commodore 64? You can pick up a modern Commodore 64 clone here or emulate it on your current machine using one of many C64 emulators out there.

[via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/3/12

Comments (10)

  1. cartman

    Wow, that long already? Cut my teeth on one of these, with Jiffy DOS, 1541’s then 128, man I’m old.

  2. Tony

    I think i will buy one these :) maybe this guy will take microsoft out.

  3. john morgan

    One of my first computers, but the Commodore 128 was great fun to use for developing one’s own programs in BASIC. Only problem with Commodore was the terrible manuals, full of errors!
    But a great product, loved it!

  4. Harkaboy

    Happy Birthday!

  5. John A.

    So many great times on the C64. I remember buying all my games at Toys R Us. I never did finish Zork I or games like Hackers. I wonder if they make walkthroughs for old games. Happy Birthday Commodore!

  6. UUUnicorn

    I remember that my family got one for Christmas in the 1980s–not sure which year, precisely.

    We four kids couldn’t figure out how to do stuff on it, except to play video games (Pac Man and Donkey Kong). The graphics were MUCH better in quality than those on the Atari 2600. They were much more comparable to those on the Atari 5200 Super System.

  7. Cindy

    Got one in the original box like brand new ….. if anyone feels nostalgic.

  8. Victor Swindell

    The hours and summers I spent programming this machine…

  9. xdr

    Happy birthday!!!

  10. Zowie

    I like to collect good going Cindy I would love to have one in a box even though I have only been using computers six months good investment.

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