Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

I took RAM as an example because it is integrated in the name. Of course you could discuss this with any other spec.
It depends on what you call powerful. Fact is the C64 could run a GUI, a word processor etc., albeit rather slowly. It appears to me had it been five times faster it could have achieved what today's PCs do with thousands of times the resources.

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chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

Believe me it's not the case. You say 5x but even 10x the RAM: try getting a hold on an old PC XT with 640Kb of RAM. Try making an OS for it that does everything today's machines does, and I assure you, you won't be able ;)

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Zbigniew Member since:
2008-08-28

Fact is the C64 could run a GUI, a word processor etc., albeit rather slowly. It appears to me had it been five times faster it could have achieved what today's PCs do with thousands of times the resources.

In fact, it has been those days FASTER than IBM PC:

http://tinyurl.com/3tjn7o5

and:

http://tinyurl.com/cwkq2lw

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