Old Commodore magazines: a treasure of fun and information

For those who were really into the Commodore 64 and 128 during the 1980's and early 90's the magazines which were available at the time were very valuable. The Compute! Gazette magazine, Run, Ahoy, Commodore Power Play, Info, Commodore World, Die Hard and many other magazines became quite popular. Some of these magazines undoubtedly had circulations numbering in the hundreds of thousands! Most of these magazines were published every month and usually had programming articles, reviews, programs (that could be typed in), information and feedback from users and user groups, informative advertisements, tips on using commercial software, information on maintaining and utilizing your Commodore equipment, and interesting social commentary and announcements pertaining to these new home computers. Some of these magazines started including (or selling separately) a monthly disk that contained all of the programs already saved to disk. Later, the concept of a "disk magazine" became quite popular where all of the articles were contained in a readable fashion on the disk along with the included programs. The LoadStar disk was one of the most popular of these disk magazines for Commodore 64.

IBM compatibles were just a small segment of the home computer market during the developmental years of home computing. For those who are unaware of this fact the magnitude and scope of these magazines provide an incredible and irrefutable snapshot of the past to dispel any misconceptions and to help correctly portray the history of home computers.

Equally significant was the fact that many of the hundreds of Commodore user's groups and clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and other areas also published their own newsletters-- some of which grew into the status of a magazine. Many of these user's groups also collected and made collections of shareware and public domain software available on a large scale to users.

Luckily, we at OldSoftware.com still have used copies of some of these magazines in good condition. We also have some new and used original magazine disks for Commodore users available!

We will not go into the history and tremendous significance of Commodore books here, but suffice it to say there were hundreds of tremendous books also published during this era-- many of which are also still available through our website. The skills aquired by Commodore programmers and Commodore users as a result of these publications and this affordable and user-friendly technology helped to lay the broad foundation of computer literacy which has resulted in many of the tremendous advances which we see today.

Unfortunately, along with many of these tremendous advances in computers we see that the average computer user today often feels much less "in control" than the users of the early years of home computing. The extreme complexity of today's software and programming techniques puts the average modern computer user at the mercy of the major software and hardware companies or programming professionals-- with very little opportunity to develop a hands-on relationship, creative satisfaction, and comprehension which were much easier to accomplish on the simpler computers of the past. There is a strong analogy between many of the older automobiles and many of the early computer systems. Many of the earlier automobiles were much easier for a novice to work on and obtain a feeling of self-reliance and self-determination. Likewise many of the early computers such as the Commodore Vic 20, Commodore 64 and 128 allowed a relatively powerful yet more comprehensible opportunity to program, customize, experiment with and modify. Nowadays most repairs on automobiles require expensive diagnostic equipment, specialized repair tools, and highly trained technicians. The same thing has happened to the computer industry. Lost is much of the intimacy and individuality. We have become too much a nation and civilization of conformists who have lost much of our individuality just for the sake of maintaining compatibility. We rely too much on canned software and professional solutions.

These old Commodore computer publications portray a glimpse into a previous era when self-determination, spontaneous creativity and fun were more prevalent.

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