Hello! didier derny wrote: > but I dont see any real use :( > - bad machine for games > - bad machine for professional use Well, it depends on how you define "professional use" ;-) Back in the old says, I had both C64 and Plus/4. I found both machines had viable applications for me: C64: * Games, obviously. * Desktop publishing with GeoWrite (on hacked Centronics interface to a Polish Mera-Blonie D100 printer ;-) ). * Electronic schematics drawing with GeoPaint. Plus/4: * BASIC programming, including physics simulations and drawing graphics in BASIC 3.5. * Assembler programming with built-in monitor. The Plus/4 has several advantages over C64: * Better BASIC with graphics and sound commands. So you could write quick and dirty progams for plotting data, etc. in no time. I especially liked the split graphics mode, where 80% of the screen was hires graphics, and bottom 5 lines were text so you could see the BASIC commands typed and yet still see the graphics results immediately. * Built-in machine language monitor for quick assembler hacking. * Better keyboard. This point is arguable, as the keyboard is mostly a personal taste, but I find the Plus/4 keyboard the best Commodore ever made for their 8-bit machines. As much as I love CBM-II, placing cursor keys in the top row is a usability nightmare, as is C64's way of using Shift with two cursor keys instead of proper four ones. And the keys of C64/CBM-II are too high, especially now after ten years of using ThinkPad keyboards ;-) The Plus/4 keyboard is simply right in every aspect for me, making it the best for long typing/programming sessions. Regards, Michau. Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-04-20 10:00:05
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