December 2010 Archives

Captain's Log / star date 2010.1207

Just liked to draw your attention to a new book that's come out about Commodore. It's the second edition of a book by author Brian Bagnall that chronicles the rise and fall of our beloved Commodore. I've read and own the first edition of this book, that was originally titled "On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore". It was an absolute blast to read and offered a fascinating inside look into the goings on of Commodore from its birth in the late 70's, to it's glory days in the 80's, to its spectacular collapse in 1994. This original first edition was published in 2005 and has been long sold out, fetching crazy prices on eBay and Amazon ($300 US or more is not an exception). 

Now, finally after a five long years a new and revised version of this book is published with so much more new material that it had to be split in two parts. The first part is now available as a 548 page hard cover. You can order a signed edition of the book directly from the publisher here. The book should be available from other online book stores like Amazon soon and no, I don't have any financial interest in this book, nor do I get a kickback for any book sold linked from this site. I just happen to love the original read and hope I can support the author in a small way by giving this book a plug on my site. My signed edition is already in the mail and I hope it'll be here in time for the holidays. Nothing like a good book when it's cold outside!

Wow! Another one for the books it seems. Today a Commodore Amiga A4000T was sold on eBay for the whopping amount of nearly 3700 euro! At the current exchange rate this comes close to $5,000 US. The Commodore A4000T is one of the last machines that Commodore created before it finally destroyed itself due to incompetence and mismanagement. The A4000T is the tower version of the A4000 desktop (hence the 'T' in the name). You'd be forgiven for thinking this was just the same motherboard that the desktop version had, but stuck inside a tower. The A4000T had a way bigger motherboard, superior expansion capabilities and both SCSI and IDE interfaces and it looked kickass! The design of the A4000T is simply beautiful. Because Commodore was already in dire straits when production of the A4000T took off, it seems that only a handful were produced. It is estimated that only 200 units were manufactured, making this beast incredibly rare and expensive!

The above A4000T was sold in Germany and was a local pickup-only item, which has probably affected the ultimate selling price. It's not completely unthinkable that it would've sold for way more, had the auction allowed for international shipping. The unit was sold as working and included a host of goodies inside, like a Cyberstorm 68060 accelerator card.

Note: After Commodore went bankrupt, the new owners of the Amiga properties released their own versions of the A4000T. Although these tend to sell for good prices as well, they're not nearly as rare as a Commodore A4000T. Also, the case design of these is not as good looking as that of Commodore's A4000T and does not have the Commodore logo on the front of the case.

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