Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 20:24 UTC
Legal Well, this was rather unexpected. As it turns out, Commodore USA's CEO Barry Altman isn't particularly pleased about the article I wrote earlier today in which I placed a considerable amount of scepticism with regards to Commodore USA and its business (and website). He (not his lawyer) sent us a threatening email demanding we take down the article, post a new correction article, the whole shebang. The entire email - as an image, you'll want the original formatting - after the break. Our reply? We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram.
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RE: Well...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:24 UTC in reply to "Well..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I am well within my right to call things as I see them. Dubious website, long list of product announcements that never ship, one product that's merely a Cybernet machine, unilateral press releases, images taken from others without permission, and now an announcement that has attracted the attention of Hyperion's - a legitimate business - lawyers. I'd say me being careful and thinking this is a hoax or a con until proven otherwise is perfectly validated.

I seem to recall boatloads of people saying the same - and worse - about Psystar, and nobody here gave a crap about that either.

Prove us wrong, Commodore USA. I'll be the first to apologise.

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RE[2]: Well...
by mogwai82 on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:43 in reply to "RE: Well..."
mogwai82 Member since:
2010-03-15

Haa haa! I'd never heard of Commodore USA until you guys reported on them. I gave the website a quick glance, looked a bit ropey, but you know, could be small business, can't spend much on the site but on making the all-in-one keyboard-PC's, fair do's. Except it doesn't really look like they're making them either as Thom pointed out:

http://www.cybernetman.com/en/products/zerofootprintpc/

Haa haa! Photos look like complete rips. Brilliant. I'm just confused as to why they are pushing so hard?? I think Thom's well with his right to say they look a bit dodge... I think Thom shouldn't lose any sleep over it.

Might get myself a Cybernet all-in-one, look quite nice ;)

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RE[3]: Well...
by Morgan on Wed 1st Sep 2010 22:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah, I've known about Cybernet for a very long time, all the way back to the late 90s when I was asked to diagnose a problem with a POS system based on one. They are great little machines, packing a lot of punch into not much more space than a laptop.

In fact, the model I worked on back in the day was a marvel of size/performance ratio for its time. A desktop-class machine on a five-inch-square board in 1998, more powerful than most laptops yet with a smaller mainboard? It was genius!

I'm glad to see the company is not only still around, but doing well and still making very powerful keyboard-PCs.

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RE[2]: Well...
by amadensor on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 14:44 in reply to "RE: Well..."
amadensor Member since:
2006-04-10

Thom, maybe you could go one step further:

Prove you wrong, and you will put a nice article detailing the reality of their cool new machines here. That is how it finally went down with Pystar. Once they were shipping real products, you told everyone.

I am a big CBM fan (I have a working PET 2001 8N, a 2020 upgraded to 4040 a 128, a 1541, and a 1571 all hooked up in my basement. The 8032 is broken.) and was seriously considering purchasing from these people. I was a bit wary of their website as well, but was still willing to take a chance. Their legal notice to you took that all off the table. They are really going to have to prove themselves now if they want my money.

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