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Offline motrucker

Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2010, 06:33:58 AM »
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Interesting, I've never seen one before.  I wonder if there were options for a colour display?  I guess back then it would have added several hundred Dollars to the price.

Not on the Educator - monochrome only!  to keep cost down so schools could afford 'em.
This computer was aimed at the classroom only...
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Offline RobertB

Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2010, 07:00:38 AM »
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What could you do with the PET? Play Star Trek?

See all the applications for the first PET 2001s at

http://www.commodore.ca/history/company/PET_Brochure/oldest_pet_brochure.htm

Later PETs were even more capable, running languages like Forth and Pascal, working with ham radios, serving as BBSes, and more.

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Offline RobertB

Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2010, 07:15:58 AM »
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Interesting, I've never seen one before.

More Educator 64 pics are near the bottom of

http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Here's another pic of it from CommVEx v6 2010 --

http://www.dickestel.com/images/expo787.jpg

Finally, check out the Educator 64 photos from that same show at

http://pdxcug.org/commvex/commodore_vegas_expo_commvex_v6_2010.asp

but don't be fooled by the false "blue" color on the screen of the E64.  :)
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I wonder if there were options for a colour display?

You can connect a composite color monitor/t.v., like a Commodore 1701/1702., to the E64.

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« Last Edit: September 25, 2010, 07:20:45 AM by RobertB »
 

Offline ElPolloDiabl

Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2010, 08:12:33 AM »
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Eeh Bah gum, went I wert a lad, all we had was this little beauty of a computer, if I recall correctly the OS was something called Abacus BC 3000. Ok granted the gfx were not too great but if you arranged the pixels (well, coloured little beads) properly you could make a little face. :)

And if you and some friends had one you could join them all together with bit's of sting and you were on the net... :)

Ahhh, the good old days, you kids don't even know your born... :biglaugh:


That's all we had in my original primary school. Calculators were frowned on too. My years 5 and 6 primary school had an Apple II.
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Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2010, 11:24:48 AM »
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More Educator 64 pics are near the bottom of

http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Here's another pic of it from CommVEx v6 2010 --

http://www.dickestel.com/images/expo787.jpg

Finally, check out the Educator 64 photos from that same show at

http://pdxcug.org/commvex/commodore_vegas_expo_commvex_v6_2010.asp

but don't be fooled by the false "blue" color on the screen of the E64.  :)

You can connect a composite color monitor/t.v., like a Commodore 1701/1702., to the E64.


Thanks.  Interesting stuff there.  I like the "steam punked" C64.  :)
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Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2010, 11:26:46 AM »
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Not on the Educator - monochrome only!  to keep cost down so schools could afford 'em.
This computer was aimed at the classroom only...


I have to admit that not coming from a wealthy home I had to use a second-hand black and white TV with my VIC-20 and C64 in my bedroom unless I wanted to drag them into the living room.
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Offline pwermonger

Re: Original Commodore All-in-one
« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2010, 06:53:31 PM »
One of the first computers I used was a Pet 2001 that was our Physics Teachers in High School. He had some simple BASIC programs he wrote to do some calculations.
 
Then our school got its first "computer center" made up of Tandy Model III's my last year.
 
I got a Pet from someone at work whos father had been a collector, an 8032. Then I got the idea to take a non working Pet and gut it to put in a modern PC and have that awesome retro look. Bought a "broken" Pet 4032 for $40 and getting it home I decided while I prepared my tools to perform the autopsy I might as well turn it on. I had removed a loose screw that I heard bouncing around and was under the motherboard. As I returned with my screwdriver I saw the "ready" glowing on the screen. This non working machine was working perfectly just that people arent used to computers  having to "warm up" when you flip the switch before you see anything. Well, I will not destroy a functioning Commodore computer so I now have two working Pet machines as well as a CBM-II B128 that later joined them.
 
Commodore had a good idea and product. By including the IEEE-488 interface it was a cheap way to control machinery, lab equipment, as well as the Pets own disk drives and printers. Problem was Commodore was too small and cash strapped to truly attack the business market and changed direction to go after the home.