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  • Commodore CBM Model 3008

    Commodore CBM Model 3008


    Most people familiar with Commodore know them from the Commodore 64, or perhaps the Amiga or VIC-20. However, Commodore’s first widely available computers were the PET line. There were a number of models depending on the region and time period. The first PETs were released in 1977 with the PET 2001. In Europe, or at least in Germany, the PET name was already taken so a slightly revised version of the original PET was released as the CBM 3008 (pictured above). I don’t believe the CBM 3008 was available in North America but other very similar PETs were.

    The CBM 3008 was actually short-lived. It included the same BASIC as the Commodore 64 and VIC-20 so BASIC only programs are mostly compatible between those machines. The 3008 model was quickly replaced with the 3016 and 3032 models with 16K and 32K of RAM respectively. As you can probably guess, the 3008 only had 8K of RAM.

    The CBM 3008 included a 1 MHZ 6502 processor, 8 KB RAM, built-in BASIC and a built-in green monochrome 9-inch screen. They were probably most commonly used with cassette storage though disk drives were available as well. The graphics and sound capabilities were identical to the PET 4000 line though they aren’t much to speak of. Graphics were limited to 40×25 monochrome text and there was no sound. Despite the graphical and sound limitations of the PET/CBM series, there were still a variety of games as you can see from the screen shot above. The PET (and CBM) line were marketed to both home and business markets (at least at first). The peak of their popularity came during the 1979-1980 time period.

  • Ahoy! (April 1984)


    Source: Ahoy! – Issue Number 4 – April 1984

    Ahoy! was a magazine dedicated to Commodore computers and covered most of them throughout the years. In 1984 it was primarily the Commodore 64 with some VIC-20 and a little bit of PET thrown in for good measure. The April 1984 issue includes:


    • A View from the Bridge of the April issue of Ahoy!
    • Scuttlebutt – news of the latest 64 and VIC releases.
    • Book Reviews – a good hard look at some good hard copy.
    • The Rupert Report – on lies your computer told you.
    • Reviews – the latest games and utilities analyzed.
    • Commodares – Dale Rupert throws down the gauntlet.
    • Program listings – ready-to-enter 64 and VIC programs.
    • Glossary – the quick way to computer semi-literacy.


    • Easy Script and Easy Spell
    • Printer Interfacing, Part II
    • Introduction to Petspeed
    • Playing the Light Fantastic
    • Who Programmed J.R.?
    • Educational Software, Part II


    • Lunar Lander
    • Apple Pie
    • Commodore 64 Bug Repellent
    • Name that Star
    • Lower Case Descenders

    …and more!

  • Compute! (November 1982)


    Source: Compute! – Issue Number 30 – November 1982

    Compute! was one of the first and most successful multi-format computer magazines. In late 1982, it was covering primarily systems from Commodore, Apple and Atari. The November 1982 issue includes:


    • What To Buy Your Computer For Christmas
    • A Buyer’s Guide To Modems

    Education And Recreation

    • Laser Gunner: BASIC Animation
    • UXB
    • An Atari For Christmas Part I
    • VIC Harmony
    • Rainbow Clock
    • Statistician
    • How To Use SYS And USR: Part I


    • VisiCalc Home And Office Companion
    • Speech Synthesizers For Atari And Apple
    • VIC-20 Cartridge Games
    • Petspeed, An Optimizing Compiler For PET/CBM

    Columns And Departments

    • The Editor’s Notes
    • Ask The Readers
    • Computers And Society
    • The World Inside The Computer
    • The Beginner’s Page: Arrays
    • Friends Of The Turtle
    • Learning With Computers: Computers In The Art Class
    • Insight: Atari
    • Machine Language: Serial Communications
    • Telecommunications: What Is It?

    The Journal

    • Turtle Pilot: Part III
    • A Terminal Operating System For PET To HP3000 +
    • Computer Controlled Telephone Dialing
    • From VIC-20 To Mainframe
    • Apple Menu
    • A Shape Generator For The Commodore 64
    • Atari Screen Save
    • Easy File Input: The String Thing
    • VIC Microman
    • Purge
    • Apple Sounds
    • Programming VIC’s Function Keys
    • Copy Atari Boot Tapes To Disk
    • PET: Picture Files
    • Calling Routine For Marquee
    • PET Interfacing
    • The Atari Wedge; Adding Commands To Atari BASIC
    • A Fill-In On XIO(FILL)
    • VIC Plotting
    • The FORTH Page: Disk Management

    …and more!