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Commodore VIC-20 prepares for first-ever tweet

Old-school computer lovers will be happy to know that the Commodore VIC-20 is coming back. Only this time, it won't run simple programs; it will run Twitter.

Commodore VIC-20
The Commodore VIC-20 in all its glory. Wikipedia

The Commodore VIC-20 wouldn't hold its own in today's PC market. The device, which was originally announced in 1980, boasted a whopping 1.02MHz processor and 5KB of RAM. At the time, it was state-of-the-art. And it lasted five years before being discontinued in 1985.

But now, 25 years after the VIC-20 was a viable computing machine, The Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ont., is resurrecting it to send out a tweet to Twitter. Gizmodo first reported on the story.

"The Personal Computer Museum is proud to make history on Saturday, February 20, with Twitter and the Commodore VIC-20," the museum wrote on its Web site.

At 11 a.m. EST, the museum plans to power up a cassette-tape-based Twitter program, dubbed Tweetver, to run on the VIC-20. Once it's up and running, the museum will send out the first tweet from the device. The goal, according to the museum, is to create "history" and "put one of the lowest-powered personal computers" onto Twitter.

It won't be an easy task. Current-day computers have "419,430 times the memory power and 3,000 times the speed of the VIC-20," the museum wrote on its site.

If you want to be there to see the first tweet from a VIC-20--something folks who used the computer in the 1980s never dreamed of--follow the museum's Twitter page here.