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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RE: Nothing special
by Vanders on Sat 4th Aug 2012 16:49 UTC in reply to "Nothing special"
Vanders
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Technically it seems hopelessly outclassed by the Apple 2, with very little cleverness in the hardware design compared to the Apple 2.


It was, but then the Apple ][ was far outclassed by the Commodore Vic 20. The TRS-80 was released before the Apple ][, and it cost far, far less than an Apple ][. The important thing about the TRS-80 was that it was the first time that a large, established company decided that personal computers were a thing they could sell. The TRS-80 was the point where micro computers moved from the hobbyist arena into the mainstream. That's why it's special.

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