View Full Version : Greatest Computer of the 8 Bit Era

March 13th, 2009, 04:00 PM
Which is it?

March 13th, 2009, 04:02 PM
Easy and obvious

March 13th, 2009, 04:06 PM
So you'll be voting for the C64 then? :p

March 13th, 2009, 04:07 PM
I don't see any option but to vote for the C64.

I never owned one but I liked them a lot more than my Apple pos.

March 13th, 2009, 04:17 PM
So you'll be voting for the C64 then? :pThere was no poll when I posted. The limited options make the choice even easier

March 13th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Go C64! :)

March 13th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Amstrad CPC 6128 ):P

March 13th, 2009, 04:58 PM
I grew up on a Commodore 64 ^.^;

March 13th, 2009, 10:07 PM
No love for the Trash 80?

March 13th, 2009, 10:14 PM
No Dragon option ?

Have to be C64 then

March 13th, 2009, 10:16 PM
I have a feeling I might have missed some.

Chilli Bob
March 14th, 2009, 12:15 AM
The Amstrad 6128 plus should be on the list (and winning).

As a kid I dreamed of owning an Amstrad CPC464, but could never afford one.

EDIT: I voted for the BBC because it needed some love.

March 14th, 2009, 12:17 AM
No love for the Trash 80?

That's why I voted for "other". I loved my CoCo 2.

March 14th, 2009, 12:18 AM
I used an Apple II in school, but at home I had an IBM PC XT.

March 14th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Had a c-64 but a thunderstorm got to it but I didn't tell the retailer that....took a store credit and upgraded to the C-128 which also ran CP/M

March 14th, 2009, 12:26 AM
Actually, I'd have to vote for the Amiga 1000 and 500, respectively. They were doing stuff that nothing else -- not even the Apple ][gs, was doing.

Such a pity about how the whole Amiga project went. C 'est la vie...

March 14th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Amiga was 16 bit.

That's a whole nother poll.

March 14th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Amstrad CPC 6128 ):P

I used to own the CPC 464. It rocked. It had a cassette drive and 48kB of useable RAM :D

March 14th, 2009, 12:38 AM
I've owned a computer from about 1984 (I was only born in 1989, it was my sister's), so I was really a baby when the 8-bit era was at it's peak.

I was far too young to remember anything about that computer, except playing Pong on it :D!

But I've heard great things about Commodore 64, so I voted that.

March 14th, 2009, 12:42 AM
The Good ole TRS-80 Model 1 and some of the follow-ups.

It is amazing the good coding practice you got into working with only 4K of memory and using BASIC to boot. It made the move to C much less painful a few years later.

March 14th, 2009, 12:49 AM
BBC Model B. The A, B+ and Master series, weren't as good. It was much more versatile than the the Commodore. The Basic was second to none, the room for expansion was massive, it had network support and a great filesystem, 3 infact, DFS, ADFS and NFS. You could even connect an IBM bridge board to it with an 8086 or 80186 cpu and run DOS or CPM. There were even TV programmes dedicated to it, does anyone from the UK remember Microfile. Think the whole of CeeFax and ITV Oracle/Teletext was designed on one.

March 14th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Technically, the MSX was. Dedicated Video RAM, could take catridges, better sound chip than a C64. Nemesis on cartridge on my Toshiba MSX was plain awesome.

March 14th, 2009, 12:54 AM
I still am bummed out that I was stupid enough to sell my C64, when I considered it an obsolete heap of junk.

March 14th, 2009, 01:14 AM
Amiga was 16 bit.

That's a whole nother poll.

Yeah, you're right. For some reason I was thinking the 68000 was 8 bit.

Never mind...

Chilli Bob
March 14th, 2009, 01:30 AM
Technically, the MSX was.

Quite true, but they came just a bit too late to catch the great wave of 8 bit computing. I don't personally know anyone who ever owned one, though when they came out they were proclaimed the great new thing.

Chilli Bob
March 14th, 2009, 01:41 AM
Talking of great 8bit tech, I'm tempted to put a bid on this http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Apple-IIc-in-box-monitor-joystick-mouse-more_W0QQitemZ160320269080QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Co mputers_Vintage?hash=item160320269080&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1318 (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Apple-IIc-in-box-monitor-joystick-mouse-more_W0QQitemZ160320269080QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Co mputers_Vintage?hash=item160320269080&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318)

March 14th, 2009, 02:51 PM
Amiga was 16 bit.

It was actually 32bit. The 68000 had an external data bus of 16 bits and 24 bit address bus although it was a 32bit cpu.


March 14th, 2009, 05:42 PM
Apple II was pricey. The C64 was the everyman's computer. Quality components inside, too. Instant boot time, too!

March 14th, 2009, 07:47 PM
I only got to try Apple II from the 8 bit time so.... Apple II <.<.

March 14th, 2009, 08:08 PM
C64, no contest.

March 14th, 2009, 08:13 PM
I still am bummed out that I was stupid enough to sell my C64, when I considered it an obsolete heap of junk.

You can by them for $20 on ebay.

March 14th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Hmm.....back in 1983 I had a Commodore VIC-20, it was my very first computer ever. Then I think around 1985 I upgraded to a Kaypro II. That was an awesome machine - the hardware and tons of software for only $1500, it ran on a Z80 processor from Zilog.

Back then you could not do graphics, just green letters on a black screen.

The version of BASIC it ran came from a software company I had never heard of before - Microsoft. I wonder whatever became of them? ;)