Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Quick - name the most important personal computer of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those of you who mentioned the legendary Apple II - that's fine. I respect your decision. Forced to think objectively in 2012, I may even agree. But if you just named Radio Shack's TRS-80, you made me smile. Your choice is entirely defensible. And back in the TRS-80's heyday, I not only would have agreed with it but would have vehemently opposed any other candidate."
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Nothing special
by 3rdalbum on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:03 UTC
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Sorry, but even after that article I still see nothing special about the TRS-80.

I understand and appreciate that it was affordable enough and didn't need user assembly, so it was one of the first computers an ordinary geek could own - but then, a decent number of computers around at the same time could make that claim.

Technically it seems hopelessly outclassed by the Apple 2, with very little cleverness in the hardware design compared to the Apple 2.

Nostalgia is okay, but just because a particular computer is special to you for the memories you had of it, does not mean that it was a special computer compared to others of the time.

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