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    Return of the Commodore??

    Kinda brought tears to my eyes, when I read this article.

    It may be time for a Commodore comeback.

    No, Lionel Ritchie isn't signing up with his old band. We're talking about Commodore, the venerable computer brand.

    A Dutch consumer media company is hoping it can tap the power of the VIC 20, the PET and the Commodore 64 to launch a new wave of products, including a home media center device and a portable GPS unit and media player.

    Yeahronimo Media Ventures, which has offices in Los Angeles and Baarn, the Netherlands, acquired the rights to the Commodore name late last year in a deal worth just over $32.7 million. Earlier this year, it took on Commodore as its own corporate moniker. The rebranded company already has some products available on its Web site, but hopes to make a bigger splash at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

    "We are excited to be launching our initial offerings at this year's CES," Commodore CEO Ben van Wijhe said in a statement. He said that the three new products will both advance the well-known brand as well as "uphold the world-class quality of yesteryear's Commodore products."

    The company has said it plans to launch three products at the show. The Commodore MediaBox is an all-in-one home entertainment box with an Internet connection, digital TV tuner and hard drive for playing music downloads, games or on-demand video. The Commodore Navigator is a Windows CE-based portable device with a 20GB hard drive for music and video storage as well as built-in GPS and a 3.6-inch touch screen.

    "Never before has a brand come out of hibernation and truly reinvented itself to position competitively in an ever-evolving digital media marketplace," van Wijhe said.

    This is far from the first attempted comeback in tech, however. The Amiga, Commodore's onetime PC brand, has had its own decades-long history as fans tried to preserve both the computer's operating system and brand despite the lack of strong corporate backing.

    Gateway had hopes of reinvigorating the Amiga PC when it bought the name and technology in 1997, but eventually scrapped its plans and sold the brand in 1999. Efforts to keep the computer's OS alive, however, have continued into the current decade.
    Spent a lot of hours with the 20 and 64 and those formidible tapes and 5 1/2 floppies. Had a lot of fun though, it makes you wander though how far MS would have gotten if the Commodore had of stayed around at it's peak....?

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    Yea i dont think id mind that i grew up with an commodor 386 and a 486 great stuff i still love it. id prob get anouther one for old time memorys. yea DOS and linux is my intro into new life...windows yea uhhhhh i killed myself in that life..DOS and Linux to death
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    Sounds like ye ol' commodore might be making a comeback into the consumer market and i wonder if the hardcor commodore fans will take to these new products or not.
    Should be interesting to see..

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    They'd probably make as much money bringing back the Commodore 64 itself as a novelty item...novelty items are big these days...from old movie remakes and come-backs to faux-collector items...they'd probably sell a million units within the first month to avid collectors and people who owned one and want to remember the good ole' days.

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    Neh.. the brand is jinxed...

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    They'd probably make as much money bringing back the Commodore 64 itself as a novelty item...novelty items are big these days...from old movie remakes and come-backs to faux-collector items...they'd probably sell a million units within the first month to avid collectors and people who owned one and want to remember the good ole' days.
    The sad thing about that is...I threw out mine about 18Mths ago, you know cleaning out the closet thingy, I am always being accused of being somewhat of a pack rat, and every now and then have to reorganise my storage spaces (probably could have made a penny or two on Ebay)

    But I did manage to keep a couple of the 1502 Monitors, which to my mind back in the day were great because you could watch TV on them (Cable) and they are still in use today....
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    /me hits dalek with an 1541

    Those monitors are fun.. and you can just hook up your XBox and stuff (atleast in EU, don't know about US)
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    Thanks for that link Aspman....."up there with Simon Le Bon" Too bad it didn't have the games I liked (Ultima, Forgotten Realms,Bards Tales), the Summer Games though were a real time waster......
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    Originally posted here by mandraketux
    Yea i dont think id mind that i grew up with an commodor 386 and a 486 great stuff i still love it. id prob get anouther one for old time memorys. yea DOS and linux is my intro into new life...windows yea uhhhhh i killed myself in that life..DOS and Linux to death
    oh yeah btw ill see if i can get some screen shots of it. The commodor 486 has windows 3.1 and im not sure what the commodor 386 havint been on sence i was 6 or 7? Its great though i still love them.
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