Vintage computers “tweet” and “surf” too!

It seems nowadays you cannot be without a quad CPU, i7 or some other high-end system with the latest GPU to access the latest content on the web, play the coolest games or participate on the social web, whereas 20 years ago MHz processors and a whopping 20Mb drive were top of the range.

Question is, how would vintage systems shape up in today’s IT environment?  Pretty good actually and they’ll even serve webpages (!) or allow you to “tweet” (OK, playing Gears of War 3 might be pushing it a bit).

Nevertheless, when I say serve webpages, I really mean act as a webserver.  With some nifty extensions put on a cartridge (such as an SD slot, ethernet plug) you can turn for instance you C64 (what else!) into a real full-blown webserver.  The people over at are running their site from their trusy C64… hmmm sounds like a little “Summer-project” for me to get my machine hooked up on the web :)

But that’s not all.  Serving webpages is one thing (although pretty cool considering it’s a machine from the 80s), but how about participating on the social web, with one of those vintage beauties?  Well, that’s exactly what the folks over at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario did on February 20th earlier this year.  They hooked up their VIC-20 to the web and using software, that’s soon going to be online for us to tinker with, made a tweet.  The first every tweet performed by a VIC-20, 30 years after the first VICs hit the market.

It’s nice to see, that such an historic machine (it was the first to sell more than 1 million units), is out there on the internet, next to it’s grandchildren, our modern day PCs.

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