Sad news today. Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and computer legend has passed away at the age of 83, according to Forbes. After surviving imprisonment at Auschwitz during WWII Tramiel went on to lead an aspiring life. Probably best know for Commodore International, and in the gaming community at large.
Following the revival of the legendary Commodore 64, Commodore USA is now bringing back other historical models with powerful modern-day specs. Today, the company unveiled the Commodore Amiga mini PC as well as a new C64X Supreme, a new VIC mini, and an upgraded VIC-Slim keyboard computer now with HDMI output.
Thirty years ago, the IBM PC was born, and consumers were treated to what for many was the beginning of a new era in home electronics. It was August 12th, 1981 - not the first time anyone had owned their first personal computer, as the MITS Altair 8800 had already been released in 1975, the Apple II and Commodore PET had been released in 1977, RadioShack had a "Model 1" somewhere in there, and the first Ataris (800 and 400) had been released in 1979. All of this was punched directly in the nose by what everyone in the computing business in the time would agree was the most trusted and perhaps the most important tech group in the world - thirty years ago to the day.
For this week's video we have a slightly different format, highlighting 5 news topics of the week rather than our usual 10. We wanted to talk more about each while keeping our videos nice and short. Also, product reviews and featured columns of the week are grouped together towards the end. And, we have a special giveaway to announce, so continue after the cut to find out what it is!
Did you have one? Or are you nostalgic for the good 'ol days of the 1980s? Personally, I had an Apple IIe, but the Commodore was the hot gadget to have back in the day. Well Commodore 64, in all its boxy glory, has had an update and is ready for a new day. The new Commodore looks exactly the same as the old one, even down to the keyboard. But the inside has had an update.
Way back in the 80's when I was a little geek I wanted a Commodore 64 so bad I could hardly stand it. My parents wouldn’t spring for the beast back then and I ended up with the TI-99/4A and remained bitter about it each time I went to the store and saw all the cool games Commodore 64 had. I mentioned last summer that the Commodore name was coming back and like most things from my youth be it a movie or toys commodore has decided to go retro with the new machine.
Any geek who was around and of gaming age during the early 80's will remember the Commodore 64. I wanted one so bad I could hardly stand it and still remember the jingle "I adore my 64, my Commodore 64." The computer was really nothing but a keyboard that you connected to your TV to play games and do other things.
For a moment, things were going so well. Manomio's Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone and iPod touch had - despite incurring the wrath of Apple's App Store gatekeepers back in June - managed to sneak through on a second attempt, only to be yanked once again in the early hours.
Ben Heck has been at it again, this time taking a Commodore 64 and transforming it into a laptop that "looked exactly like a computer from the early 80's, yet in a new form." As well as fully-functional C64 hardware, the laptop has a 15-inch screen, original keyboard and even a separate sub-screen for memory status.
More photos and video of the C64 laptop after the cut
Well this is interesting. A bunch of companies have been coming out with computers that have a Core i7 processor lately, but I bet you never thought you'd see this brand name included in that list: Commodore. Yup, as in the maker of the Commodore 64.
The Core i7 will be included in the company's gaming rigs mostly. And though they have not announced any new models at this time, they have added the Core i7 to the list of possible build options when you're ordering a computer.
Both the GX and XX models will gain the Core i7 option. The former includes a 1GB ATI Radeon graphics card and costs $3,399 and the latter includes the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition and dual 2GB Radeon graphics cards for $5,999. New processor or not, that's still rather expensive....