| In the late 1970s I
decided I wanted a computer. Not for playing
games but for "serious" use: for
checking my bank account, keeping a diary
and word processing. I knew little about the
subject and there were few shops that sold
them. The models on display seemed unpromising.
Had I seen the Commodore PET at this time
I would certainly have wanted one. Here was
a "proper" computer but sadly it
wasn't being promoted locally.
| In 1982 I finally took
the plunge and bought my first VIC-20 - and
quickly found it didn't do what I wanted.
However, it did let me experiment with writing
programs in Basic and I was hooked. The launch
of the Commodore 64 came at just the right
moment. With its 40 column display, a pair
of 1541 disk drives (one of which I had converted
before delivery to drive 09) and a 1525 printer
I had a new and consuming hobby, More disk
drives and better printers followed. I continued
using 64s well into the 1990s even after I
bought my first (non Commodore) PC.
| Some of the other items
in my collection have been added since. I
eventually got my PET, in fact three of them.
I have a particular soft spot for the SX-64,
although I may never try to take it outside
my home. I haven't included any Amigas as
my only experience has been with the eight-bit
models. And to me, these sum up the Commodore
years. A diverse set of designs, some popular
some not, a story of huge success and equal
| In its time Commodore
brought home computing to millions who might
otherwise never have joined the technological
revolution. Commodore's place in history is
not often properly recognised. The company
may have gone, but the Commodore name lives
on with many of its products still in people's
homes around the world.
you can see mine .....