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February 16, 2010 AT 8:43 am

Commodore VIC-20… Tweets

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The Personal Computer Museum, Brantford, Ontario, CANADAIts Commodore VIC-20… Tweets – via Giz.

The Personal Computer Museum is proud to make history on Saturday, February 20, 2010 with Twitter and the Commodore VIC-20. You too can be part of history as we put one of the lowest powered personal computers onto the Internet, and more specifically, with Twitter. The software is on cassette tape and runs on an unexpanded VIC-20 with only 5K of RAM. To put this in perspective, an average PC today runs at 3000 MHz and contains 2,097,152 KB. That means the average computer today has 419,430 times the memory power and 3000 times the speed of the VIC-20!


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7 Comments

  1. Nice. That reminds me of the HP terminal I turned into a Twitter client. (Though it requires a host, since it can’t run software.)

    http://sybarite.us/puertorico/2009/05/21/hp-2382a-terminal-on-twitter/

    Did anyone see more details on the setup? How is the Vic connected to the net?

  2. Was the venerable VIC-20 really only 1MHz? That keyboard brings back memories, though. I’m always tempted to pick up an Amiga 500 off ebay … most of my best memories of computers growing up were on the 500.

  3. Hmm, can’t beat that. I have an Amiga 1000 from ~1986 and an Apple IIGS from ~1987 both of which are regularly online. Time to get working on the 1973 AT&T 3B2!

  4. @Kevin The VIC was actually something like 0.9 something or other MHz, or at least in the UK, since the same crystal was used for the video timings.

    I’m currently writing a twitter client for my BBC Micro (A 2MHz 6502 based machine with 32KB of RAM. A sort of British Apple ][). I’m using one of the ubiquitous WIZ81x boards with bit banged SPI for my ethernet.

  5. Huge respect to anyone who can get a Speak & Spell to speak my twitstream! 🙂

  6. @Paul i’m imagining you’ve seen this art piece 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD36IajCz6A

  7. Nathan Christopher

    Neat. To think I actually ran my second robot with one of those.

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