A question of logic

Previously, the author went off on something of a science fiction bender and, as always, a response to the more hysterical (in multiple senses of the word) bits was posted here but, after that went live, your correspondent found himself pondering a couple of particularly ironic sentences which hadn’t been directly referred to:

Of course, TMR of the blog c64crapdebunk.wordpress.com and other people he hangs round with have got the attitude “I can do it! If I can do it, then ANYONE can do it!” Obviously, as Mr Spock would say, it’s totally illogical to claim that anyone can do something just because a few other people can do it.

This, of course, comes from someone whose blog is built almost entirely on his own blinkered opinions and minimal personal experience of the C64. Any time the author isn’t aware of something he’ll assume that it doesn’t exist even though a fairly cursory internet search will usually demonstrate otherwise, if the author personally found something to be “virtually impossible” it’ll be declared as such generally regardless of how much software (presumably written by people whose experience differed significantly to his) exists to disprove that declaration and if he doesn’t have actual knowledge he will instead just guess about how some of the machines he’s discussing actually work. There’s enough of this on the internet already without someone else adding to the pile of bovine manure.

Unlike the author, your correspondent doesn’t believe that his personal experience alone represents the norm, but has had far more interaction than the author with other people who purchased and used C64s and is basing at least some of what he writes on that exposure; for example, a stint selling home computers in the late 1980s and early 1990s saw your correspondent shifting hundreds if not thousands of new and second hand C64s without a single machine being returned because the buyer wasn’t happy with the BASIC.

On a more general level, the very lowest estimation your correspondent has seen for sales of the C64 itself was 12.5 million units so, even if we accept that figure[1] and make the deliberately incorrect assumption that each of these machines was purchased just for one user and never sold on to anybody else, that means the author is one person in 12,500,000 who had a major enough issue with the machine to be harbouring all this hate a quarter of a century down the line. A cursory search online doesn’t reveal any real signs online of anybody else with a similar axe to grind who actually owned a C64[2] so one person’s sad little blog-based rant is never going to do anything to change the mind of all those presumably happy customers. To paraphrase Spock, “the likes of the many outweigh the dislikes of the few”.

[1] The highest estimate cleared the thirty million unit mark but these numbers are hard to be completely sure of because, just like most of the other hardware manufacturers, Commodore kept these figures close to their chest.

[2] There are a few people who didn’t own one but somehow see it as “the enemy” because, rightly or wrongly, they feel it was responsible for the death of their chosen machine.

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