The author has received a comment on his blog dear reader, posted by a user called “neglectoru”, which included the following:
I’m late to this debate, which is fascinating (though the personal attacks on both sides seem unfortunate).
Your correspondent would like to point out that the author started it and feels the urge to expand on that statement further by blowing a raspberry. But honestly dear reader, this blog was started with the best of intentions but eventually you simply have to “fight fire with fire” which, in this case at least, means responding with personal insults.
The complementary statement to “The C-64 is Crap” is “The Amstrad CPC isn’t”.
Your correspondent rather likes the Amstrad CPC (which explains a chunk of his weekend being spent trying to remember Z80 assembly language and building conversion tools) and it has some good software, but it isn’t a perfect machine and suffers from some design issues; that’s pretty much your correspondent’s overarching point really, none of these systems are without their faults or trade offs so calling one “crap” when everything else has a similar skeleton in it’s closet is petty.
The author has also replied with some pearls of wisdom, so we’ll just take a peek over there as well:
Unfortunately, although the Amstrad CPC6128 was shown at a CES and sold in the USA, it didn’t get much publicity and there was a lot of prejudice against foreign computer manufacturers as well as trade protectionism. This was why the CPC6128 never became popular in the USA.
Ths isn’t entirely true dear reader, the market may have been hostile towards systems from abroad (although these were challenging, oversaturated markets and more machines fell by the wayside than succeeded) but another, more proninent reason for the Amstrad CPC6128 not faring well in the USA is that it arrived in 1985, the same year the Atari ST debuted. With that on the market and the Amiga looming on the horizon, users knew that the 16-bit generation was coming so selling them on a new 8-bit was always going to be an uphill battle.
Here’s a video about someone writing an amazing program on an Amstrad CPC664 doing something which wasn’t thought of while that computer was in production https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQNtod1hPvI
Please note dear reader that the BASIC program in said video contains quite a few OUT commands which are, in essence, the equivalent of writing to hardware registers with POKE commands. That’s exactly what the author has repeatedly complained about with the C64’s BASIC so it’s nice to see he’s had a change of heart!
And, since the author has once more stepped out of his 1984/5 bubble with that video, here are a couple more showing C64s being used to connecting to Internet Relay Chat (your correspondent notes that, technically at least, he’s one of the users online when that was recorded), posting to Twitter and running as a web server as it takes something of a hammering after the address appeared on Slashdot.