Commodore 64 - Computer Definition
Affectionately termed “Commie 64” by those in the pioneering hacker community, this Commodore 64 Business Machine’s rather sizeable personal computer (PC) was released in September 1981 with 64 kilobytes of RAM and a 40-column text screen. The 320-by-200 pixel display-generating composite video was typically connected to a television.
In contrast, today’s tiny video game phones provide a more console-like gaming experience with improved ergonomics and no television set required. For example, the LG Electronics Company Ltd’s SV360 3D video game phone utilizes ATI Technologies Incorporated’s Image on a 2300 media processor to provide a 320-by-240 pixel LCD display and to provide clear images having more than 10,000 triangles per frame.
Fuscalso, D. Technology: Race on for TV, Video on Cellphone. The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2005, p. B7; In Brief. ATI to Power LG’s 3D Video Gaming Phone Handset. The Globe and Mail, March 10, 2005, p. B10.Webster's New World Hacker Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Bernadette Schell and Clemens Martin.
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An early personal computer from Commodore Business Machines. Introduced in 1982, the Commodore 64 (for 64K of RAM) was one of the best-selling computers in the embryonic days of personal computers. Following the VIC-20, which used the same case, only white instead of beige, the Commodore 64's lower price ($595) helped it outsell its higher-priced competitors such as the IBM PC, Apple II and Atari computers. See Commodore and VIC-20.
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