Do you remember: The Commodore Vic-20

 

 

 

 

 

The Commodore Vic-20 was the first computer I ever owned, my Grandparents bought one for me when they first came out and became avaliable at Montgomery Wards  back in 1981 for about $300. I remember the day, they took me over to the store to the entertainment  section and asked me which computer I wanted. The store only carried two different computers at the time the Atari 400 and the Commodore Vic-20. I choose the Vic-20 because I didn’t like the Atari 400’s flat membrane keyboard. I was now the proud owner of a Commodore Vic-20, I was the Man!!! I mean the Kid!!! back then. My cool new system was composed of the Vic-20, Tape Drive, Joystick and a black and white TV I used as a monitor. I also got a game pack on cassette which included Blue Meanies from Outer Space(I played the hell out of that game), Head On and some other cool games. It was a very impressive system for it’s day.

Check out the system specs below

Model   VIC-20 
Manufacturer   Commodore 
RAM   5 Kb 
ROM   16 Kb 
Orgin   USA
Year introduced   1981 
Built in software   Commodore BASIC 
Keyboard type   Full-stroke keyboard, 4 function keys, 66 keys, Full cursor control. 
Processor   MOS 6502A 
Clock   1.0227 MHz 
Video   Screen: 22 columns by 23 rows. Character dot matrix: 8 by 8 or 8 by 16 (User programmable). Screen dot matrix: 176 by 184 with up to 16 colors. 
Color Palette   16 
Sound   3 voices plus white noise. 
Interfaces   Cartridge Port; two joystick ports; composite video output; serial bus connector for floppy disk drive, printer, or other peripherals 
Disk drive    
Power supply   External Power Supply

Don’t laugh this was the Bomb back in the day, but If you have to, go ahead and laugh

I ended up spending a lot of time typing in programs on my computer from Commodore magazines and I mean a lot of time. After I finished typing in the program then it was time to run it and 99.9 percent of the time I had mistyped something while entering the program, so I had to go back line by line and find and correct  my mistakes. I ended up becoming a decent basic programmer by doing this and that really helped me out at school in the computer classes  I was taking at the time. The Vic-20 was a great educational tool and game machine. It was so popular that at it’s high point Commodore was selling about 9000 units a day with it’s sales reaching 305 million dollars, that’s some serious mu-la. Commodore made it easy for those people who wanted to learn to use computers and I wanted to learn. I really have to thank the creators of the Commodore Vic-20 because they really did change my life, they helped  ignite my interest in Computers and Technology that I still have to this day.

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