In yet another sign that I'm getting older, CNN has a fun story today about the Commodore 64, a personal computer introduced -- yes, really -- 25 years ago. The "Guinness Book of World Records" lists the Commodore 64 is the best-selling single computer model, according to CNN's report. From 1982-83, some 17 million were sold. The 64-kilobyte marvel sold for $595. "It may have not been the most sophisticated computer, but it did have a lot of personality and it was lovable and remains loveable," said Harry McCracken, vice president and editor-in-chief of PC World magazine. "It was the right machine for the time." I never had a Commodore 64, but I do have (somewhat mixed) memories of another PC of that era, the TRS-80. We had a TRS-80 with its super-unsophisticated cassette tape-drive, at my high school, way back in the 1970s. We used to to do sophisticated things, like count to infinity and play games. Later, at one of my newspaper jobs, we had more sophisticated models of what we called the "Trash 80," which we used for a few years as word processors. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., will celebrate the Commodore 64's 25th anniversary on Dec. 10. If you're feeling nostalgic for dinosaurs like the Commodore 64 and the TRS-80, check out PC World's feature, "Five things we don't miss about old-school computing."
Remembering the Commodore 64
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