Friday, March 19, 2010


The first computer I saw---and played with---was a Sinclair Spectrum-ZX. But the second one, the one on which I took my first programming classes, was the Commodore 64.

I wrote my first BASIC programs on the Commodore (I was very little when we used to play with the Sinclair at home; I vaguely remember copying programs from magazines). Of course, I also played my first serious computer games on the Commodore. Especially there was this one called Wiz of War; we played for hours on two-player mode with friends...

The blue screen. 64K. "LOAD." "RUN". Ah, memories.

Look what they've done.

I don't know if it'll have its own (tiny) operating system; it's said to have support for WinXP, Win7 Aero, OS-X and various Linuxes. Of course, what this really is, is a laptop without a screen; therefore its usability is rather limited. If it will be useless without a TV, it really has two selling points only: As a gaming console, and, well, nostalgia.

I don't think I'll get one, but ah, the nostalgia: I saw this in the morning, and I smiled. Perhaps just that much will be enough to get enough people to open up the wallets.


Scifantasy said...

Actually, that one might make sense as a media client, the way Montoya always discusses. Built-in keyboard and mouse allow for that type of control if need be, ports for remote control, plugged into the TV already, and presumably powerful enough to slap XBMC onto. Would depend on the price, of course, but...

Will "scifantasy" Frank said...

Except for the lack of HDMI output, I guess.

Anonymous said...

If it came with some of the classic Commodore games I would be MUCH more tempted (yes, I still want to play JumpMan Junior).


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