The Ultimate Commodore 64 Talk: Video Recording

Link: 25C3: The Ultimate Commodore 64 Talk

Thanks to F!XMBR for providing the flash video.

Additionally, here are a few links to the video recording of the talk:

Bittorrent (OGG), Mirror 1 (OGG), Mirror 1 (WMV), Mirror 2 (OGG), Mirror 2 (WMV), Mirror 3 (OGG), Mirror 3 (WMV), Mirror 4 (OGG), Mirror 4 (WMV), Mirror 5 (OGG)

The OGG version seems to be in better quality. I’ll post new links as soon as the talk is available in a standards-compliant version (MPEG-4).

P.S.: If you enjoyed this, you might also like my “Reverse Engineering the MOS 6502 CPU” talk.

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21 Responses to “The Ultimate Commodore 64 Talk: Video Recording”

  1. MarcusO says:

    Are the slides available anywhere, yet? Can you provide your Keynote bundle for us?!


  2. Darkstar says:

    Great Talk! Some interesting things in there which I didn’t know about (and I have a long history with the C64), and finally a detailled introduction to the FLI mode.

    I, too, hope to see some similar in-depth introductions to other systems like the Amiga, Atari or even the IBM PC next year. Although I do think that I know a lot about the PC at least, your talk showed me that there’s always many new things to learn.


  3. sa says:

    in the section on geos you mentioned a “damage” buffer, what is this? and how/when/why is it used?

  4. Michael Steil says:

    @sa: If an application draws a dialog box over the main application screen, GEOS saves the original rectangle onto the second screen and restores it when the dialog is closed. This way, the application doesn’t have to handle “window damage”. More info here:

  5. sa says:

    Neat, thanks for the explanation! Really enjoyed the talk.

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  9. Well done! I really enjoyed the video.
    I find it still amazing what can be done in only 64K.

    POKE 1,0 ;-)

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  12. Robert says:

    Great talk, and a great blog.

    During 10 years since I started using the Internet regularly, this is the only blog I’ve ever bookmarked.

  13. Napalm says:

    I have uploaded a mp4 converted from the ogm with ffmpeg. Download links:

    You are more than welcome to add them to the main post as a mirror in mp4.

  14. Frek says:

    Very interesting speech, brings back alot of memories of both my childhood and what got me started with computers.

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  19. Just tried to watch the video – says that it’s not available. Link dead? Or limited access (I’m trying from Germany)?

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