Archive for category Commodore


I’m not getting any younger, in fact I’m getting older by the day.  This fact along with the fact that this year is the 30th anniversary of the Commodore C-128 and the original Commodore Amiga prompted me to attend this year’s CommVEx in Las Vegas lest I not be around for the next significant anniversary. For those that don’t know me, I designed the C-128 at the ripe old age of 25 back in 1984-85, though I would ask that you not hold that against me as it was a very long time ago.

Also this year Dr. Leonard Tramiel, son of Commodore’s founder Jack Tramiel, was able to swing by which was an unprecedented and unforgettable event.






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VCF Talk with Bil Herd: Working for Commodore

Bil’s talk at VCF in May of 2012


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Bil Herd describes the Commodore C116

A video about the Commodore C116 as seen by an insider.

Bil Herd Video on Commodore C116

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Father of the 6502: Evil Genius or just Genius?

Jeri Ellsworth and I did a three-way Skype for the annual Commodore Users Group in Las Vegas a year or two ago with Chuck Peddle, father of the venerable 6502 microprocessor that CBM and Apple based their products on.  Here is an excerpt where I ask Chuck his intentions towards humanity.



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Dawn of New Technology: Whither Thou Go’est Preemption

I am from the days when we heralded the coming of New Technology, as in NT as in Windows NT.  We lived in a world of round robin process management in the early Windows days, (I am an old designer from Commodore, we used Gates & Allen but on terms defined by Jack Tramiel) which meant that only if a program didn’t crash it would pass execution rights on to the next program to be executed.  Every program had it’s own set of rules for how much time and processor it could use, interrupts suck as keyboard I/O might get a semi-fair chance of getting processed.


An all of that changed with Windows NT, supposedly.


I sit here today with a Windows Vista x64 system, 4 widescreen LCD screens and acceleration out the waz… if only I could find my little SLI connector I could parallel the video card GPUs.  But wait, all is for naught, but only when using a Windows program on a windows OS.


It seems that my Internet Explorer 7 is pretty much non-interruptible.  Once it starts to download a page, clicking the red X won’t stop it, not really.  Occasionally it will ghost the screen to try and get me to stop as if to say that yes it is obeying the keyboard master, but we both know it is continuing to do whatever it wants.  Once it locks up on whatever a page wanted it to do, it’s locked.  I can’t hit back in the middle of a process, it only knows forward.  If it is in a complete idle state it will acknowledge the “please stop” or the “can you go back now, thank you” command.


I am not an average user, maybe average users don’t click the “eliminate preemption” command, if only I could remember doing so.



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