|Mystery at Marple Manor
||John R. Prager
Commodore 264 Series
The middle tier of the 264 series consisted initially of the Commodore 264 when first announced.
Only the Commodore Plus/4 made it to market, however. The Plus/4
is essentially the same as the Commodore 264, except that it also has the infamous
3+1 software package.
The Commodore Plus/4 was to be Commodore's new upgrade for the infamous
Commodore 64. As mentioned previously though, for many reasons, it is
hardly an upgrade at all. The cool part about the Plus/4, however, is the
internal software package. Despite being an awful package (even for the
time), it is still easy to get to, and fully integrated.
The package includes a Word Processor capable of only 100 lines or so of
80 column text. The on-screen editing functionality is very buggy, however.
Also included is a Spreadsheet program, that is fairly easy to use (if you
have all the command codes on a reference sheet nearby). The last program is
a database program. This functionality is ok for small concerns, but extremely
limited otherwise, and somewhat slow.
Statistics, features, and Plus/4 resources:
MOS Technology 7501
Variable clock rate, with max 1.76mhz
C264 Series Kernal & BASIC v3.5
50 more commands than BASIC 2.0
Built in TMI-Micro 3+1 Software package
- Word Processing
- Database software
- Graphing package
5 Video modes
Max. Resolution 320 X 200
40 columns text
Pallette of 16 colors in 8 shades, for 128 colors.
MOS Technology 7360 "TED"
2 voice tone-generating sound capabilities
2 Joystick/Mouse ports
Round DIN CBM Serial port
Female edge-connector 'TED' port
RF "TV" Port and switch
Round DIN CBM Monitor port
Power and reset switches
DIN Power connector
Full-sized 67 key QWERTY
8 programmable function keys
4 direction cursor-pad
Personal Note: he Plus/4 came from the local Good Will
ComputerWorks. I still keep my Plus/4 plugged in and set up, as I use it for
writing quick little letters, and doing my home budgeting.