The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Now That's What I Call Music!

Back in the 1980's the first ever record I bought with my very own money was "Now that's what I call music 11" It had Kylie Minogue on it and a host of other very popular records of the time.

I was enthralled by it because it seemed to good to be true - ALL of your favorite songs on the same record! You didn't need to buy the singles at all! Of course at that period of the 1980's I realise that record companies like "Stock, Aiken and Waterman" probably produced most of those songs anyway, but at the time it was sensational!

Well, being bang up to date with the new wave of technology, EMI records have now released a whole new "Now That's What I Call Music!" Idea.

Basically, their website allows music fans (that's me and you) to create our own personalized Now! album. To celebrate the launch, they are offering 10% off any digital download by using the voucher code: nowlaunch10

The site allows users to choose their own tracks from any of the themed albums e.g. 80s, 90s, 00s, love songs and even an album of number 1s. Each theme offers over 100 tracks to pick from so you can create a full album of tracks you want to hear - no 'fillers'.

Though, I think I know which songs I will be choosing. All of the same songs that were on Now That's What I Call Music 11. Or as Kylie says on that Album "I should be so lucky!"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Computers go retro!

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and sit in front of your first computer, that ZX81 or Commodore 64 and be as excited and impressed as you were then?

Well, perhaps after this week you will be able to! The breaking news is that Commodore is making a Windows PC in the exact mould of the light brown chunky commodore keyboard from the 1980's.

So, basically you will be able to buy a modern computer in a classic case, the equivalent of donning your Father's flared trousers and funking it up in a local 2011 nightclub.

When the Commodore 64 was first released, back in the halcyon days of 1982, it had an amazing amount of memory... (wait for it) 64 kilobytes. These days most doorbells have more memory than that, but at the time it was inspiring! And it cost £300 in the UK, and was the best selling personal computer of the time, with sales totalling 17 million!

The design of the computer was immediately iconic. That classic brown case used to be affectionately known as the "breadbox" due to well... it's casing looking like a breadbox. But it did look like a very cool breadbox!

The new computer will run windows 7, have a 160GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM (which does put the old one in the shade somewhat).
Brilliantly though, you will actually be able to play your old C64 games! So get up into your loft and seek them out! Alternatively you can get them online for a small fee (but they might load a bit quicker than the old ones!)

The slightly frustrating news is that you won't be able to get your hands on a new C64 just yet. It has been such a good idea that the first ones sold out within 24 hours! The new ones aren't expected to ship until May or June - they will cost $565 (£365) for the basic set up.

What are you waiting for? Ah, that's right. Your C64 to load up it's next program.... might just be enough time to go out and catch a few newts.