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Cotton retires from Creative Micro Designs

Ice GuysCMD was one of the largest companies ever producing hardware for the C64. They were forced to leave some time ago to secure the future of the company. But what about the people behind this name? For them, the dream of the C64 being your main, real life job was a reality. This is over now and one of them, Doug Cotton, therefore has decided to leave the company, which now only offers PC and Macintosh related services.

Doug: December 14th of this year will be my last day at CMD. It's been a long, sometimes bumpy but often rewarding journey. I'd like to thank those of you whom I've considered distant friends for the time we've spent together. I'd also like to thank the community as a whole – without those of you who have supported the Commodore platform for so long, so many great memories would have never been.

Doug was one of the masterminds behind major CMD products like the CMD HD, introduced in 1990. It is containing a SCSI controller for the C64, but can be used and connected like a 1541, and therefore offers a very high degree of compatibility. Also the RAMLink device, which gave you a RAM disk with up to 16MB that did not lose its content after turning off the C64, was developed partly by him. The other part of the CMD development team always being Mark „Codehead“ Fellows, who still is part of the company as he is one of the founders. But Doug wasn't bound that much to CMD as him, so when CMD left the C64, Doug decided to leave CMD. But there are memories Doug doesn't want to miss:

The first big Q-Link bash. The look of appreciation on Dave Haynie's face when first saw the CMD HD and blurted out something about how he wished Commodore would make products like that. The night in New York where I sat having drinks with Gail Wellington, never realizing until much later that the guy at the table buying me drinks and telling dirty jokes all night was the father of Pong. The moments in the wee hours of the morning when the silly things that pop out of your mouth are the things that actually end up making a product work. All priceless.

And the people. I think back not only to meeting Jim Butterfield, Jim Oldfield, Fender Tucker, Lou Wallace, Fred Bowen, Lauren Lovhaug and a host of other Commodore luminaries… but also to the user group meetings in Chicago, New York, New Brunswick and Phoenix, and the shows in Pennsylvania, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles where I met so many other Commodore users, all just doing their own thing. Those are the folks that had the most impact on my input to our designs. My sincere thanks to all those who have so warmly befriended me in these brief encounters over the years. And to Gaelyne, Maurice, Shari, Jim, Jason, Steve and the rest of the original Commodore World gang, words can't express my gratitude for all your efforts and your friendship over the years.

CMD also produced their own magazine, Commodore World, which today is a part of GO64!. The original Commodore World was mainly created by Doug Cotton himself, being editor-in-chief, highly skilled technical writer and creator of the cover pages at the same time. This great magazine was one of the first products CMD decided to stop due to decreasing number of subscribers. But let's come back to what Doug has to say:

And so I'm moving on, but not so much because CMD no longer produces Commodore products, but simply because I don't see myself doing the ‚local PC repair shop‘ thing for the next few years. I'm a developer at heart, and there's little of that to be done at CMD these days, aside from some occasional web work. So I've taken a position as the Web Programmer for Hampshire College, a liberal arts school located in Amherst, MA, where they've just committed to a major update to their www presence. I'll still be doing some web programming for CMD here and there, and continue to develop web and other programming projects with Del Padre Visual Productions (take a peek at if you're interested and have a PC with an up-to-date Flash plug-in).

For those of you who may wish to contact me in the future, I suggest using my dcotton account at I'll keep some forwarding on some of my CMD accounts for a little while, but eventually those will be phased out.

Again, thanks to everyone in the community. I'll remember this era of my life fondly for all the years to come.

We at wish him all the best and thank him in the name of the community for all the enthusiasm and commitment. To, he said:

Best of luck in everything throughout the future, and rest assured I'll still be hanging around the newsgroups and keeping an eye on things Commodore-related as time permits.

Doug Cotton

Visit Doug's website at CMD's official site does not mention their Commodore products any longer, but you can visit the inofficial page at CMD's products are still made and available, as Maurice Randall took over the production:

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