8-bit Personal Computer - Dismantled for reference and curiosity
The ugly little brown lump that won the hearts and minds of millions.
Released in 1982 the Commodore 64 / CBM 64 (Commodore Business Machines) revolutionised consumer interest in affordable home computers. Boasting vastly superior sound and graphics compared to then current IBM machines the CBM 64 (often written C=64) introduced a platform ripe for software developers to flood the market with over ten thousand titles.
Due to the ease of use, albeit PEEK AND POKE based, Commodore's ROM loaded BASIC 2.0 made the C=64 a veritable canvas for budding child and adult software writers alike. This saw many surprisingly young programmers having game software published and going on to become acclaimed coders.
While the C=64 was capable of a great many things, it was predominantly used as a games console with a keyboard. Even though many of us wrote our own games and music and some of our parents tried to pretend to use it for serious work, in the end... we just really wanted to kick the snot out of the other guy in 'International Karate+'.
For many of us this was the introduction to computers that ensured we'd never go outside, kick a football or cast a fishing line. For this, we thank you Commodore.