WHY THE APPLE ][ COMPUTER IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COMMODORE 64 BEING CRAP   Leave a comment

WHY THE APPLE ][ COMPUTER IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COMMODORE 64 BEING CRAP

(DEBUNKING “CODE NOTES LANTERN OF D’GAMMA”)

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The amazing Apple ][ computer

TMR of the blog “C64 Crap Debunk” has recently been making posts about an Apple ][ demo called “Lantern of D’gamma” https://c64crapdebunk.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/code-notes-lantern-of-dgamma/ , as if this is supposed to somehow prove that the C64 isn’t crap. I’ll try to explain here why this is totally irrelevant to the C64.

The original Apple ][ computer was released in 1977 when people were amazed by any computer at all, but the ones I saw at my local computer club in 1984 were all either the later Apple ][e, or Apple ][europlus models, so I’ll concentrate on that. You can read the specs on http://www.apple-history.com/aiie

The Apple ][e or //e is a very sturdy computer, expandable by using plug in cards, but unfortunately it was too expensive for most people to consider buying at about US$1,395 or about £1,250. It was totally unnecessary for Apple to charge that much, because other companies round the World managed to make much cheaper clones of the Apple ][. All Apple products have been overpriced ever since.

Unfortunately, the basic Apple ][e had only a beeper instead of a synthesiser chip, so it wasn’t what I was looking for. It would have been even more expensive to buy an upgrade on a a plug in card. In the USA, Apple ][e users could plug into a TV and get colour graphics. I thought the computers and their green screen monitors looked quite professional, but I didn’t know that they couldn’t display colour on European PAL TVs without a graphics card.

The Apple ][e had a 32K ROM compared to the C64’s total of 16K ROM, including BASIC and an Assembler/Monitor, but as the system was mainly or entirely disk based, it was possible to load other versions of BASIC and other languages from disk.

Finally, here’s a graphics demo for the Apple ][e written in BASIC, without having to PEEK or POKE yourself to death!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI8AQrBCLH4#t=268.501

That’s all for now! Another post about how crappy the C64 is will be posted here soon.

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Posted May 21, 2016 by C64hater in Uncategorized

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