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Sunday, March 16, 2003

A guy name Adam Dunkelse has written a new operating system and desktop enviroment for the venerable Commodore 64! It has even got a web browser! how cool is that??. Check out his website.

Here are some excerpts:

"Contiki was originally written for the Commodore 64 system (1 MHz 8-bit 6510 CPU, 64 k RAM) but ports to a lot of systems are currently being developed by a bunch of developers: 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment system, PCEngine, Gameboy, Atari 8-bit, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx, Apple ][, VIC-20, CBM PET, Plus/4, Tandy CoCo, Sharp Wizard, Casio PocketViewer, Sega DreamCast and the Sony Playstation."

First version includes:

Multi-tasking kernel.
Windowing system and themeable GUI toolkit.
TCP/IP stack for Internet networking, either with RS-232/SLIP or Ethernet (PPP is under development).
Personal webserver for convenient file transfer. (Only in the C64/TFE version.)
Simple telnet client. (Only in the RS232/SLIP version.)
Web browser for Internet web surfing. (Worlds first web browser for 8-bit systems!

Man, I love people who devotes time to do something so weird. Definitely creative and original. I was a C64 user myself many years ago. I even had a C16. Now I'm using a computer with 1.52Ghz processor, 8GB harddrive, 256MB RAM and a resolution of 1600*1200 pixels. Compare that to C64 with 64KB RAM and 1MHz CPU! Definitely some improvement in technology, but the games on the C64 rocked! and those cool tunes!

3/16/2003 11:57:00 PM  

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