Some Commodore stuff by Alan Gilchrist

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Re: Some Commodore stuff by Alan Gilchrist

Postby Carcenomy on Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:08 pm

The C16... the baby of the TED family. Tramiel was gone when it was released, along with the equally irritating Plus/4, 264 and 116...
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Re: Some Commodore stuff by Alan Gilchrist

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:42 pm

Carcenomy wrote:The C16... the baby of the TED family. Tramiel was gone when it was released, along with the equally irritating Plus/4, 264 and 116...


Brian Bagnall's "Commodore: A Company on the Edge" goes some way to explaining the TED series. Apparently the Tramiel idea was an el cheapo machines to compete with the (by then heavily discounted) TI-99/4A (364) and ZX Spectrum (C116). Herd says he was aiming for a C116 build cost of $50 to sell for $100. When Tramiel left, the idea got lost, and the shite Plus/4 software costs escalated, and the whole series was doomed from the start.

I would argue your comment that the C16 was equally irritating as the Plus/4 and C116; I have a C116 and it is the most irritating of all - possibly beaten by the legendarily crap Mattel Aquarius. It makes the rubber keyboard Speccy look like a classy piece of kit :)
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Re: Some Commodore stuff by Alan Gilchrist

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:45 pm

OH yes, Bil Herd just posted about a TED prototype found in a basement in Sweden:

http://c128.com/ted264plus4-alpha-units ... ent-sweden
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