• Judland's Commodore Blog

  • by judland

These are the ramblings of a happy Commodore computer user since 1983. I cover topics on both the C64 and C128, reviewing my favorite games and applications, as well as share some of my favorite memories from the 8-bit era. If you'd like to read more, you can visit my blog at: https://www.my64.in.nf -or- https://www.my128.in.nf


A short introduction

Being new to the Commodore Server scene, I thought I'd post a short introduction.

I've been a happy Commodore computer owner and user since my parents bought me my C64, back in 1983.  I did use Commodore computers before then, however, when our grade 8 class got a Commodore PET on-loan, from the local high-school, two years earlier.

The first time our teached powered up the PET, and I saw those glowing green characters on the screen, I was hooked and I knew I wanted to have a future working with computers.

In between my first exposure to the PET and owning my own C64, I took every opportunity I could to play with computers.  Of course, back in the early eighties and living in a small town in Ontario, Canada, those opportunities were few and far between.

When they did come around, it was usually was because my uncle was tinkering with them.  I remember he first had a Timex Sinclair personal computer, which he loaned to us one weekend.  Then, after that, he bought himself a VIC-20.  He loaned us that one too, for a little while.  

I guess, because my interests seemed to be gaining steam and it was genuine, it wasn't long before my parents got me my own C64.  It was really good timing, too, because it was during this year that I would be starting my second year of high-school, which meant that I could beging taking computer classes (they didn't offer them back then in the first year).  So, I had most of the year to get a head-start at learning what I could about Commodore BASIC.  By the tiime I started computer classes - taught on a lab filled with PETs - I knew as much about computers as our teacher.  It was wonderful!

Since then, computers have been a big part of my life.  My C64 took me through high-school and a year of college.  Then I upgraded to a C128.  That took me through the rest of my college years and well into the mid '90s.

I still have a C64 and C128 in my collection - still wroking and providing me many hours of enjoyment.

I'll have to post a short story some time about the gaming network we had in our little northern town back in the '80s.  It certainly wasn't as easy to get software back then as it is today, with the Internet and all.

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