From Chris Roberts (June 17, 2006)
Hey! What ever happened to some of the very first Apples given to Steven Tyler and Ike Turner?
Also, has anyone heard of a high-speed external hard drive for a Commodore? I can't seem to find one and I've been hearing they exist for years now.
Also, did you know that the head honchos at Commodore offered to buy Apple when it was still in the "garage phase" and were told they could for $100,000.00 and an annual salary of $36,000.00? But Steve Jobs began looking into the history of Commodore and realized they were a bit on the shady side and decided not to go through with any sort of deal with them.
A little story for you...
I'm 30 years old, and I've been using computers since I was 7 years old.
My family's first computer was a C-64 and I remember we had it hooked up to te TV in the living room of our house and couldn't figure out how to start it. Then, one of our neighbors (who'd had a Vic-20) came over and spent the better part of a day figuring out the following familiar line:
LOAD "*",8,1. Unless, of course, it was a game made by Electronic Arts, in which case the load command line was LOAD "EA",8,1.
In 1985 (I think) we sold the C-64 and bought a C-128. It was a lot nicer, but the only program we had that took advantage of the 128K was GEOS, which we didn't use very often. I remember we always had to switch the compter to C-64 mode to play games and you'd have to type GO 64 and the screen would turn from gray and green to dark and light blue. Then, I'd spend the next 12 hours playing Ultima IV (I was about 10 years old then).
We used the Commodore faithfully until 1992 when we made the mistake of buying a USA Flex IBM-compatible PC. Ooops! And I thought my dad got mad at the Commodore!
In school, we always used Apple IIe's. I absolutely loved them and begged my parents to buy one. They'd always say, "We already have a computer!" or "They're way too expensive!".
Now, I have quite a few Commodores including an unused C-128, our original, sun-faded C-128, lots of C-64s of both body styles (one older one unused), all kinds of origianl disk drives and accessorites including cassette drives, joysticks, printers, etc. I also have about 300 software programs and games. I think my wife questions my sanity sometimes (so do I, but...)