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A Quantum L(eap)ink in technology

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A Quantum L(eap)ink in technology

Today, 20 years ago, the doors closed on one of the world’s first online communities: Commodore’s Quantum Link (or Q-Link). In this week’s Friday Commodore, we look back at the history of the network that connected C64s and C128s and which would later become one of the most famous online service providers: America Online (AOL). Q-Link […]

Computer archaeology

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Computer archaeology

Archaeology and computers… when the two are put in one sentence, most people will think of the use of computers and modern technology as useful tools that facilitate the cataloging of a dig. For sure, that’s the most logical association as after all, looking at computers as archaeological artifacts seems a bit strange as, after […]

Commodore Legends: Bil Herd

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Commodore Legends: Bil Herd

It’s been a while now since the last interview in the Commodore Legends series, but today, I have a treat for all the Commodore fans out there: an interview with the man who brought us the Commodore C128: Bil Herd! Bil is still very active in the scene, posting videos and articles on his site […]

Random numbers, electronic dice and the C64

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Random numbers, electronic dice and the C64

“Alea iacta est”, the dice has been cast. It was Caesar who said these famous words 2000 years ago, but little did he know that dice and dice games would still be around in the 21st century. Indeed, many popular games feature the dice as the tool to introduce randomness in the game. Whether it […]

Retro in 2013

Retro in 2013

Another year over… 2013 draws to a close. As we all gather round with our loved ones and get ready to celebrate the start of the new year, one of the topics at the table will undoubtedly be the year that was. A year in which we said our final goodbye to some truly remarkable […]

Commodore Christmas

Commodore Christmas

What was the best Christmas gift you could get as a kid back in the 80s? Was it Lego? Was it Playmobil? Was it a Game & Watch handheld? Sure, these are superb toys, but the best gift under the tree was that big box that you knew had a C64 inside, but still had […]

Commodore and Raspberry Pi, a perfect match

Commodore and Raspberry Pi, a perfect match

Last month the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that the one millionth Pi had been manufactured. One million, that is still a long way to go before it can dethrone the Commodore 64 as the best selling computer of all time, but it’s moving in the right direction and, just like its 30 year older ancestor, […]

Commodore, it’s not just BASIC

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Commodore, it’s not just BASIC

My first contact with an IBM PC (clone) and structured programming was back in the 80s, when we got computer classes in high school. We got introduced to the world of MS DOS by means of a horrendous application that printed a question on screen and you then had 10-15 seconds to type in the […]

Origins of a Commodore geek

Origins of a Commodore geek

Earlier this week, my wife told one of her friends “how she loves her geek”.  Having overheard this and realizing she was not referring to my Spartan trained body (that would be “Greek” and let’s just say the muscles are well hidden these days) it got me thinking: “Did I become a geek, or have I always […]

NASA, speech recognition and Commodore

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NASA, speech recognition and Commodore

Some time ago I wrote about how NASA used the Commodore Amiga and kept on using it well into the first decade of this century. The Amiga however was not the only Commodore computer NASA was interested in it seems, as back in 1990 they sponsored research on voice reaction times and speech recognition on… […]

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