Voting resources, early voting, and poll worker information - VOTE. ... Adafruit is open and shipping.
0

30th Anniversary of the Commodore 64!

Happy Birthday C64! Introduced 30 years ago this month at the 1982 Consumer Electronics Show! From HLNTV:

Would you pay $1,400 for a computer with less than one megabyte of memory?

Oh yes, you would.

In fact, in 1982 more than 300,000 people did just that, dropping $595 (or, $1,400 in 2012 dollars) to snap up the awesome, brand new, super-powerful Commdore 64 — and all of its 36 useable kilobytes of memory.

The classic machine is celebrating its 30th birthday this week. It was first introduced at the 1982 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

And while those quaint specs seem flimsy now — those 36 kb are the equivalent of 1/10th of a typical MP3, so basically the whole machine could store the first 40 seconds of the 1982 Survivor smash hit “Eye of the Tiger” — they were revolutionary and a relative bargain back in ’82. And the Commodore 64 even displayed color graphics!

During its mid-1980s peak, the PC sold 2.5 million units a year and generated a lifetime of passion and loyalty from many of its users, many of whom are now dropping nostalgic tweets.

Awesome on-board hardware like the VIC-II graphics chip and the SID audio synthesis chip ensured that the C64 would remain a popular platform in the demoscene. The list of C64 demos is enormous, and it grows regularly.

If you ever meet somebody who worked at Commodore (or MOS Technology) in the 1970’s-80’s, give them a hug or a high-five! 🙂



Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 24,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Turn into a ghost

Electronics — Multimeter Peaks

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: M.2 Boards, VSCode for CircuitPython and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython #ElectronicHalloween @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Matrix Portal, Solar Lawn Sprinkler and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — micro:bit version 2 Announced!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — JP’s Product Pick of the Week 10/27/20 BME680 VOC Sensor @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit #newproductpick

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



5 Comments

  1. If it wasn’t for the C64 when I was a kid I wouldn’t have the interest in computers and electronics I have now. I just remember my brother and I taking turns typing hours of code from a Games for Basic book and saving it to a cassette tape. It was also cool because a lot of the 5.25″ floppy disk games I bought had a Apple II version on the other side so I could take them to school and play them on the few Apple II computers they had in the library.

  2. My first computer was a Vic 20. My second a C64. Good memories.

  3. 1/10 of an MP3? 40 seconds? Surely not.

    (checks the original article)

    Oh, they fixed it.

  4. My first job was programming the C-64; in fact, at a series of small local companies, it was my primary platform for nearly three years (after which, I moved on up to DEC PDP-11s and VAXen, leaving 8-bitters behind).

    Terrific machine!

  5. I was never a C64 user, but I did work the Summer of ’79 at a local Radio Shack as I was preparing to go off to my freshman year of college. Weekday evenings were usually slow, so I’d noodle around with the TRS-80 machines that were on display. They also used the old Kansas City cassette tape standard for data storage. The happiest moment there was when the new TRS-90 Voice Synthesizer module came in, a crude, but surprisingly intelligible, phoneme interpreter.

    One evening, the host of the “Post Serial” radio show (WCWP) came into the store. After some banter, I made an audio recording of the synth “speaking” a radio show ID that I crafted on the spot for him. It was a hoot hearing it on the radio every week!

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.