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From my archives - this excerpt from my 16mm print of the 1983 film "Making It Young" about young Canadians who are making their own way in the world. In this clip David Bradley shows his CBM setup for creating and mass producing his software for the Commodore 64. I transferred this reel with my own Eiki Telecine. Enjoy, eh!
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14 thoughts on “Making commodore 64 software in 1983”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Turner says:

    6 CBM double floppy drives. I guess he's doing his own disk duplications.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NYCeyes says:

    My first computer was a Commodore 64, but I only had the keyboard (thet computer) and nothing else, because I couldn't afford anything else. So every BASIC program I wrote was lost when I turned it off. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Still, I learned a lot.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Tee says:

    I couldnโ€™t afford the C64… had to settle for the Vic20 but I had the Tape Drive AND the 400baud modem.๐Ÿ˜

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrMaxeemum says:

    That poor VIC20 relegated to keeping the dust off the top of a disk drive. ๐Ÿ˜ข

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sam-online says:

    I used to work at a recording studio in NJ called Sound Arts, in the 1980s. We did high speed tape duplication.
    We made tapes for Commodore 64.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Denis Wauchope says:

    The Commodore Amiga OS was the best OS I've ever worked with. Amazingly versatile, the computer itself was a wonder, and I miss the ease of doing things that are still difficult with Windows (selecting & renaming lots of files simultaneously, adjusting message boxes to actually fit the content, selecting files by a simple mouse click & scrolling, etc. etc.) I am also still frustrated that I can't use "special characters," i.e. colons & exclamation points, in file names, which the Amiga OS allowed without a problem. I'll always miss my Amiga 2000, and wish it were still viable!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars -Jeff- says:

    C-64s! Ah those days of Peeks, Pokes and one thousand lines just to get that animation to tapdance across the screen.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars o8thman says:

    Love playin greyhound race game Hounded on my ol 64,
    there's 442mill in my betting account. Been trying for years to find the elusive Hounded II…

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lee Klapper says:

    First computer i used was a micro bee ๐Ÿ , then i got a commodore 64 for christmas.
    Load*,21#** lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ 40 years ago, im probably getting a error message ๐Ÿ˜

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Hawley says:

    As someone who lived this life at school age, I feel that "a little effort and imagination" is somewhat reductionist ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Schaefer says:

    Haven't ever played with a C64. My first computer was a Heathkit H8 and around the same time mom got an Atari 800 to evaluate its potential for education / classroom content. The H8 was great for bookkeeping applications, the Atari was excellent for gaming.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eupeterson says:

    My kids were just old enough to enjoy leaning video games on our Commodore 64. I car pooled with a friend who's son was in High School and hung out with a crowd who traded bootleg C64 games with broken copy protection. About half of them worked just fine.

    Afrcan Adventure. A text game. "That's not ground! That's Alligator!"ย 

    Bruce Lee. Animated video game. At the time you didn't even know it was way pixelated. It was just fun. Took a couple of months for us to get to the end.

    And what was that text game where you were in a system of caves and you'd get eaten by Grues if your lamp went out. Zork!

    I started writing my papers for English 101 on the computer. What a massive change in the way you could edit a whole paper in a few minutes instead of using erasers and white out and staying up until 2AM

    Thanks for the memories Fran.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars coldwarmotors says:

    Cool! My brother and I delivered a lot of newspapers in 1980-82 to buy a C64; still have it, actually! We used to buy the magazines and type in the programs to make games.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Travis Hartnett says:

    C-64 was my first computer. It was my life for a few years until I started playing guitar.

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