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The History of the Commodore ChessMate

In 1978, Commodore International Limited released the ChessMate.  ChessMate was a consumer electronic chess playing device.  From all outward appearances, it looked similar enough to many of the other popular consumer electronic devices of...

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Commodore’s Unreleased C64 Game Machine

In 1990, Commodore released the C64GS.  “GS” stood for “Games System”.  It was Commodore’s attempt to have the wildly successful Commodore 64 compete in the game console market.  On the surface, this doesn’t seem...

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Commodore’s History in the Adding Machine Business

Jack Tramiel and Manfred Kapp weren’t strictly in the typewriter business even from their earliest business ventures together.  Nearly all of their ventures focused on office equipment generally, rather than typewriters or adding machines...

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CP/M for the Commodore 64

CP/M was an operating system written by Gary Kildall, the founder of Digital Research, Inc, in 1974 which enjoyed early widespread popularity.  As early as 1979, Commodore’s VP of Marketing, Dennis Barnhart, proposed CP/M...

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The Commodore DryCopy Thermographic copying machine

Commodore DryCopy In early 1962, Commodore expanded into the field of copying machines by creating two new subsidiaries: Commodore Drycopy, Inc. (New York) and Commodore Drycopy, Ltd. (Toronto). Commodore studied the three major copying...

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The infamous Commodore VIC-21 computer

Yes, you read that correctly: there was a Commodore VIC-21 computer, but it’s probably not what you’re thinking.  This wasn’t a follow up to the VIC-20 created by Commodore International.  No, the Commodore VIC-21...

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The Commodore Stair Climbing Wheelchair

Commodore?  They were a typewriter company who moved into making computers, right? So many people know Commodore as the company who made the C64. Some of the more hardcore enthusiasts know about the typewriter...