Re: Doorst: rechten commodore

From: Dave R. (
Date: 2001-04-26 20:32:40

On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Professor Dredd wrote:

> Undoubtedly because the cost of the necessary parts in
> small quantities will be quite high.

Especially the production of circuit boards and mounting any surface-mount
chips.  Jeri can solder surface mount, but I doubt she wants to do it on
hundreds of boards.  I know I wouldn't.  When I was looking at board
prices for a former project, a quantity of 100 would have cost about $1000
for boards with two surface-mount chips that plug into the expansion port.

> If all you want to do is keep playing the same old
> games then your original C-64's are good enough for
> you. For myself, I am dreaming MUCH bigger things  ;)

Exactly.  The old boxes still work fine for stuff that's been around
forever.  In the same vein, any new 64 that is produced must be compatible
with that original, for the sheer fact that the majority of software being
run on it will have been written for a stock 64 & 1541.  I want whiz-bang
new features, but I also want to be able to boot up Marble Madness or
Space Taxi when I'm in the mood.

I have several 64s myself, but they're getting old and I don't know how
long they'll hang on.  I'd love to play all my old games, surf the web,
and do productive work on a brand new 64, cozy in the knowledge that it
wont be hard to get/make a new one if anything breaks.  You can get 64s
for $10 now, but what about five over even ten years down the line when
VIC-IIs and SIDs are becoming scarce?

- Watson

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