Debunking All Change at Commodore!
Finally, Commodore founder Jack Tramiel left the company in 1984, claiming it was because he couldn’t see eye to eye with the President of the company on how to do business. He actually left before I got a Commodore 64 later in 1984, but the damage was done and Commodore continued to sell this crap until 1995!
We’ll just pause a moment here ladies and gentlemen to admire the author noting that the machine he’s vainly attempting to insult was considered popular enough amongst consumers for it to remain on sale for over a decade…
Other commands included were BOX, CIRCLE, COLOR, DRAW, GRAPHIC, GSHAPE, PAINT, SCALE, SOUND, SSHAPE, and VOL! The syntax of these commands seems overly complicated, as well as unique to Commodore, so non standard.
And of course there was no standardisation around that time anyway and every company with a graphically-enhanced BASIC was in exactly the same boat. Despite some dialects sharing commands, they weren’t necessarily implemented in the same way and there wasn’t even consistency in the handling of more everyday functions either.
[The 264 series] weren’t compatible with the Commodore 64, but there was no reason why they should have been. Even the cassette data recorder and disk drive were different.
The data recorder merely had a different connector and was functionally the same (with cheap adapters to convert C64 and 264 series cassette units either way being reasonably common for a while). On the disk front the author is again wrong because, whilst a new interface can be connected for the faster 1551 drive, there’s also a six pin IEC serial bus on the back that’ll talk to C64 disk drives and printers.
This was Commodore’s chance to finally lay the Commodore 64 to rest and encourage existing users to upgrade, as well as new users to buy the C128, but they failed to do this and continued to sell the Commodore 64.
And they failed because, despite the author’s personal hatred, the C64 was amongst the most successful home computers of that era, constantly outselling the competition including its own stable mates and holding its own even against the 16-bit competition for an amount of time that surprised even its fans and no doubt stunned Commodore themselves.
It does take a truly astounding level of denial on the part of the author to point out that the C64 outlived other, later Commodore products whilst he simultaneously fails to connect the dots and realise that said longevity was down to popularity with users.