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This trivia was originally written by Jim Brain as part of the now long defunct C= Hacking Magazine, but happily Jim has kindly agreed to let me reproduce it in HTML-ized format for retro computing fans everywhere.

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TRIVIA A1A

$000)
	Commodore started out into computing with the PET series of
        computers.  I am not sure if the first ones had PET emblem, but
        nonetheless, What does P E T stand for?

	Personal Electronic Transactor
        It seems this name was an afterthought so many other expansions can
        also qualify.  It was basically named PET to cash in on the Pet Rock
        craze.  Some examples of other expansions:
        
        Personal Electronic Translator
        Peddle's Electronic Transactor
        Peddle's Ego Trip
        
        This is where the Commodore magazine Transactor got its name.

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$001)
	Commodore planned to manufacture a successor series to the 
        successful Commodore 64 home computer.  Both were intended to
        be Business machines.  We all know this resulted in the Commodore
        Plus 4, but what were the machines originally called and what was
        the difference between the two?

	the 364, which had, among other things, a larger Plus 4 style case
        that housed the regular keyboard plus a numeric keypad. the 264
        turned into the Plus 4, with 64K of RAm.  We will never know much
        more about the 364, since it got scrapped.

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$002)
	How much free memory does a Vic-20 have (unexpanded)?
     

	Oooh! There are many answers for this.
        The VIC has 3583 bytes of RAM for BASIC
        The VIC has 4096 bytes of RAM for ML
        The VIC has 5120 bytes of RAM. 4K of RAM + 1K for Video.

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$003)
	What early 80's Commodore software company had a Light Bulb
        as a company logo?

	Skyles Electric Works.
     
        The Vic-20 came out with a few peripherals I want the model 
        numbers for the :

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$004)
	Disk Drive
     

	VIC-1540 - Same as 1541, only faster serial spped.

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$005)
	Cassette Player
     

	VIC-1530
     

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$006)
	Printer
     

	VIC 1515, which, by a miscommunication, could only use 7.5" paper.
        Evidently, someone thought 8.5" meant full width of paper w/ perfs!
        This printer was quickly supplanted and overtaken by the 1525, which
        should own this title in the first place!

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$007)
	16 K Ram Expansion.
     

	VIC-1111
             

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$008)
	Commodore Introduced 3 printers that used the same printer mechanism.
        What are the model numbers.

	MPS 802, CBM 1526, PET 4023.

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$009)
	What is the diferences between the printers in #$008?
     

	MPS 802 (Serial), CBM 1526 (Serial), 
        PET 4023 (IEEE-488).
New questions to follow!
Note: I have changed to Hex, since it might be easier for others in CBM 
to understand.  In the tradition of RUN Magic!
The next edition to follow:
Email me with correction to the answers, suggestions for prizes, 
Comments on the layout, all of the above.
Jim Brain
j.brain@ieee.org
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Bennington, NE  68007
(402) 431-7754


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