Get it All

I love my Droid Eris, it’s the neatest little toy I’ve bought myself in years and years. But it does have one disadvantage, which is that the high-power consumption means that the battery doesn’t last very long. And when you’ve got a job out here in the sticks, the phone starts roaming and you really lose battery power. At this point, its like I’m driving an “A Car,” with my phone running out of juice about 7pm every night.

What’s an A Car? Well, during the rationing of World War II, they assigned every car in the country with a letter, A, B or C, that dictated when the car was eligible to get gasoline. A Cars got gas on Monday and Tuesday, B Cars got gas on Wednesday and Thursday and C Cars got gas on Friday and Saturday. In those days, everything was closed on Sunday.

Well, as you can clearly surmise, those cars that got gas on Monday and Tuesday would be at their lowest point on Friday and Saturday, which meant A Car drivers generally got stuck at home or else had to tool around in someone else’s ride. C Cars were the cars to have.

But, this is just me talking. Interesting point of history, nothing more. But I really wish they would make a higher-capacity battery for this phone. Should I have bought that clunky Motorola model instead?

Wow.  I’m freakin’ old, man.  I owned a C64, complete with GEOS (the Graphical Environment Operating System, but don’t you dare call it Windows!), a 2400 baud-rate modem to connect to Quantum Link and a flip-file filled to capacity with bootlegged games like Miner 2049’r, Jeopardy, Trolls and Tribulations and the oh-so realistic thrill ride that was Strip Poker. is taking a look back at the single most popular gaming console of it’s day and possibly of all time.  I look back at the most powerful 8-bit system ever produced, one which has only just recently ceased to be a viable option to surf the Internet with.  I really wish I still had a working model, it would be quite a show piece, even if mine wasn’t the original bubble machine, but rather the sleeker second version meant to emulate the look of the C128.

Gallery: Looking Back at 25 Years of the C64, the Ultimate ’80s Computer

On the Commodore 64’s 25th anniversary, we cast a nostalgic look back into gaming’s past. Join us on a journey back to 1982 — when men were men, headbands were fashionable, and programs could take half an hour just to load.