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  • Commodore World (June 1994)


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    Source: Commodore World – Issue Number 2 – June 1994

    Commodore World was one of the last magazines you could get that was dedicated to the Commodore 64, at least in North America. It lasted for a few years after Commodore went bankrupt. The June 1994 issue includes:

    Features

    • Commodore Trivia – How well do you know your Commodore facts?
    • Special Report: Commodore In Liquidation – Get up-to-date on this unfolding Commodore story
    • Internet: Today’s Information Superhighway? – A look at the Internet and the upcoming information revolution
    • Hard Tips – Some things to try when your computer starts acting illogical

    Reviews

    • I Paint – Our staff reviewer checks out this powerful C-128 Interlaced drawing program
    • I Port – Find out all about this C-128 graphics conversion utility
    • SmartMouse – A first look at the new input device from CMD
    • MiniViews – Our new mini-review section with a look at some C-64 games

    Columns

    • Just For Starters – Why our computers don’t always understand us
    • Foreign Exchange – Quick peeks at a couple of European programs for RAMLink users
    • Graphic Interpretation – Steve gets sidetracked on his way to writing this issue’s column on GEOS
    • GeoProgrammist – Create your first GEOS program
    • Basic Instincts – Last issue’s BIG GUNS becomes the new STARSHIP CONQUEST
    • Advanced Techniques – Applying relocatable machine language to create ‘common code’ 64/128 programs
    • Peripheral Vision – An introduction to SCSI devices and commands
    • Carrier Detect – Commodore Guru Jim Butterfield makes a guest appearance on GEnie
    • Over The Edge – What Commodore’s Liquidation means to 8-bit users

    Departments

    • From The Editor
    • Backtalk
    • Just Asking
    • On The Horizon
    • The Connection
    • User Group Connection
    • Top Tips
    • On-Line News Nibbles
    • BBS Spotlight
    • Advertiser’s Index




  • Commodore 64/128


    USA 1986

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    This ad is from 1986 and it is trying to push the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128 to educators. While the Commodore 64 was by far the most popular 8-bit computer of all time, it never had the success that Apple did in education, at least in the U.S. This was probably at least in part do to the head-start that Apple had as the Apple II was released a number of years before the Commodore 64 and remained mostly backwards compatible throughout its various interations all the way through the early 1990s. Before the Commodore 64 Commodore had the VIC-20 and PET lines but these were not as compatible. The rest came down to marketing. Apple was better at it.

    The Commodore 64 was far better than the Apple II for games and at least its equal for education but once schools had an investment in Apple software and hardware there was really no switching. Apple did a far better job marketing to schools and got there earlier than Commodore did for the most part. Having said that, the Commodore 64 was used in many school districts and was very popular in some other countries for education, including Canada. The Commodore 64 had the advantage of being quite a bit cheaper. Apple’s were overpriced then too.

    However, while kids were more likely to have a Commodore 64 at home in the U.S., they were more likely to be using an Apple II in their school. My Middle School had a room full of Apple IIs while I had a Commodore 64C at home. By the time I was in high school it was mostly PCs but oddly there was one room with TRS-80 Model IIIs and IVs in which BASIC programming was taught.



  • Briwall (1990)


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    Source: Run: The Commodore 64 128 User’s Guide – Issue Number 81 – November 1990

    Widespread usage of the internet and the Commodore 64 didn’t really overlap. Before you could order whatever you wanted on the internet (or download software within seconds for that matter), you could order things via mail order. But often we were talking several weeks to get your items, not two days or less. Briwall was one of many mail order companies supporting the Commodore 64, even as late as 1990.

    I used to love looking at the long lists of stuff I could get for my Commodore 64 in these ads if I only had the money. Ads like this provide a time capsule of what was available at the time. Stuff listed here in bold is “new” though this likely means they are titles that came out several months previously given the relatively long lead time of magazines then. I ordered stuff for my Commodore 64 via mail order a few times though I can’t remember now if Briwall was one of the places I ordered from or not.

    This ad is from the November 1990 issue of Run magazine.