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I'm Matt and I'm helping out with the boring tech stuff behind the scenes on here. My journey began with a VIC-20 in the early 80s, followed by a C64 and an Amiga 500 before being dragged kicking and screaming into the PC era in the mid 90s. And basically, it's all downhill from there, which is why when I saw David's video on his dream computer, I simply sat there with an open mouth, nodding along vigorously.

Other than that, I'm the writer and producer of the Blue Skies Chronicles® series of novels and audiobooks. Give them a listen, people seem to like them.

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Hi Matt and thank you for all your hard work on the website. I think it's absolutely brilliant and definitely better than Commodore's website in 1982!

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12 minutes ago, Perifractic said:

definitely better than Commodore's website in 1982

Did Commodore ever had a website?

Also hi Matt, love the website :)

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1 hour ago, Juju said:

Did Commodore ever had a website?

It appears that commodore.com was first registered in 1997, after the original Commodore International went out of business in 1994, which was just before most corporations (outside of IP backbone providers and military R&D contractors) started getting their own domains.

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Oh yeah, Commodore is just an interesting case of a computer company that died just before the internet revolution happened.

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17 minutes ago, Perifractic said:

You guys know I was joking, right? 😉

Yeah, it's one of these jokes that turns into a legitimate discussion on computer history, it's pretty fun.

But yeah, kinda weird to think had Commodore stayed a year or two longer they probably would had snagged Commodore.com for themselves.

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28 minutes ago, Juju said:

Yeah, it's one of these jokes that turns into a legitimate discussion on computer history, it's pretty fun.

But yeah, kinda weird to think had Commodore stayed a year or two longer they probably would had snagged Commodore.com for themselves.

Ha true. Here's a true story: A couple of years ago I asked the current "Commodore" who seemed to be doing not much with the brand, if it was for sale. They said no, but that they could offer me stock options starting at $18,000,000.

I said I'd think about it...

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On 5/20/2020 at 7:10 AM, MattGrandis said:

I'm the writer and producer of the Blue Skies Chronicles® series of novels and audiobooks. Give them a listen, people seem to like them.

So....would you classify these as Science Fiction, or something else? From the description, it appears to be SciFi.

I may need to add them to my collection to read after I get a new pair of bifocals (getting old in the age of COVID-19 is annoying).

-Kevin

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Thank you for your consideration, Kevin! They are most definitely categorized as sci-fi, but simply because they're dealing with Roswell lore. Personally, I'm not too fond of reducing the story to that part, because that might lead to people expecting a hard sci-fi thriller, which it isn't. It's more character drama, coming-of-age and small-town soap opera, but with aliens (not technically aliens). It's the heartfelt journey of a lost young woman who felt like an alien her whole life, finally finding her family in the most unexpected of places. With lots of comedic relief, delivered by the fan-favorite pop culture obsessed alien (not technically alien) character, who acts as an outside commentator on all our weird little human peculiarities. My goal was to create the fun, quirky "small town in the middle of nowhere having to deal with the unexpected" feel of the Tremors movies.

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Commodore's website in 1982 was primitive, to say the least.  It was the kind of internet that was spiral-bound (mine was plastic, which starts to break down after 20 years).  At least it was indexed.

 

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