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  1. You are probably right. I think the 'iconic' machines will still have people looking for them every time the generation at the time goes through a 'throwback' phase but in large as we all die off most if not all of what we have with end up in yard sales or just dumped. Sad really but then we will be long past caring!
  2. This is quite something. With all the licensing/rights nightmares with the Amiga I still cannot believe it is happening. If it turns out to be a FPGA based Amiga with HDMI output and USB drive support for HD/Floppy then they cannot take my money fast enough. I would even be happy if it was just a WB 1.3 A500. Price is obviously a factor, but since all Amiga hardware is stupidly overpriced these days they could sell it for $299 and shift loads. Especially given that the horrible modern 'Amiga' machine costs more than a gaming PC.
  3. Me too. Got my 'TheC64' from the UK last year. Just bought a US PSU and ran it through my TV that supports PAL refresh and all was good. I know 'The VIC20' is essentially the same machine in a different case but the Vic-20 was my first computer so having a new one in a box again takes me back to when I was 13.
  4. Ebay is not a good place to get a C64 or any common computer for that matter. Prices are jacked up due to Ebay/Paypal fees and a sense of collectable value. Best best is local ads or a computer club. I got given a ton of them by people who were clearing out lofts/garages etc. once they knew I was in a local club. I cleaned them up and sold them for $20 each at a computer show to cover the cost of the heatsinks I put on the chips. It was hard to get people to even pay that. I still have a few left. But yes the new 'The64' is a great choice. I bought one last year and I was very impressed for what it was. It felt like 1985 again when I opened the box.
  5. That's Amiga for you. Two steps forward three steps back in pretty much everything people try to do. So much strife. Plus legal infighting over this and that. I gave up on Amiga hardware a couple of years back. Sold off everything. Emulation is good enough for me to enjoy the odd classic game.
  6. I usually toss in half a bottle. Depends on the size of the item. I did throw a whole bottle in for the 'caramel' 128 though. May have been overkill but boy was that thing brown!
  7. I purchased one of these for my C64/128 with extra power for 2 external drives. Rock solid performance and well made. If you care about your commodore then give it the best juice! It's worth the extra cost.
  8. And I have done several 128s. I had one that was half brown half white with a perfect dividing line down the middle. As if one side had just had sunlight on it 24/7. 8 hours in the tub with the method above took it right back to its original color and it remains the same to this day.
  9. No worries. Here is the video that turned me onto this method.
  10. Also the MiSTer is a great option for someone looking for a retro experience with limited space. It's more expensive than the Pi option but its true FPGA machine experience and supports many platforms. Gonna check out that Atari kit though. Woodgrain case...
  11. The Aquarius came out in 1983. And it was in no way any kind of success. And yes, since several posters have drifted away from the very clear parameters set by the OP lets remind ourselves of them. 1. Price. These retro computers can end up quite expensive, sometimes well above the budget a newbie to world of retro computing would be willing to pay. 2. Game library. Most people who want to get into retro computers are most likely going to want to play games. 3. Ease of file transfers to/from modern devices. It is quite a hassle to deal with old cassettes and floppies, so modern forms of file transferring would be handy. 4. Powerfulness(or whatever you call it) of the computer. A computer has to be powerful to be able to run fun games. 5. Ease of use. Who would want to use a computer that requires you to be a rocket scientist to operate? 6. Reliability. Newbies are probably not capable of repairing a broken computer. It can't just randomly blow up. 7. Video output. RF sucks. 8. BASIC. Some people might want to mess with a bit of BASIC. A horrible version of it won't do. So the computer you suggest needs to meet all are nearly all of these criteria and not just number 8.
  12. Yes because BASIC is the only thing you should consider for a computer... Ever! Besides, not like there is much else going on with the platform.
  13. I got retrobriting down to a fine art. I tried the brush and cream approach and that was a disaster. In the end the tank of water and salon 50 peroxide mix did the job. I've de-yellowed countless things now and all still look good with no signs of brittleness. I recommend covering any labels with electricians tape to protect the colors as I accidentally drained the colors out of an apple logo on one item! Otherwise I recommend it of your machine has the 'smoker' look. @ the OP - How is your Vic-20 doing? Excited for you. It was my first computer so it has a special place in my heart.
  14. and even the Vic 20 version is better. You can bang on and on about how the BASIC is 'better' but again that is one out of eight parameters that the OP requested. So big deal. It doesn't take a genius to see a machine from 1986 with a faster processor is going to outperform one from 1982. Still does not make that machine the best choice for a first retro computer for someone looking to try one out who has never had one before. Stick to the OP list and stop going off on a tangent. To recap: They want to have fun (Game Library was a criteria remember?), Powerful enough to run games was another criteria. Sprites? Good Sound Chip? Hardware Scrolling?, Good Video output (No RF), good price. Ease of Use? Ease of file transfers? The answer is staring you in the face. It likely has a Commodore or Atari logo stamped on it. Plus any situation or problem that arises, there are such large user bases today that someone has probably been through it and the fix will be fast. Plus the other posts on this thread about how someone should be made to suffer on a crippled 4k machine because any more would spoil them as a future programmer? Good lord. That's certainly going to make the average person eager to get started! For the record, I wrote all kinds of programs on my Vic-20. The BASIC never held me back. In fact working with memory addresses helped me get a better understanding of how the machine worked and made the step into assembly much easier. It may have been crude. It may have been slower, but it was good enough for a beginner to play around on and that fits the criteria. And like many others have stated, you can slap in an extender cart if you wanted fancy stuff done quickly. I think the BBC Master, C128 and Camputers Lynx were the finest 8 bit machines ever produced but even I would not automatically recommend them as the first one to get. Maybe the C-128 but there were less of them produced than the C64 and unless you plan to use the extra features, you will probably just be typing 'Go 64' a lot.
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