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[4]: Were TRS-80 clones legal?
by zima on Mon 6th Aug 2012 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Were TRS-80 clones legal?"
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Errr...In the 80's, coding was far more popular than it is today. All my mates were capable of using BASIC.

In a way, depending how you count; it really wasn't. Many more people code now than in the 80s ...only, the numbers of non-coders (drawn in by new possibilities, expanding diverse things you can do on a personal computer) growing at even higher rates masks that a bit.

And anyway, either you had quite unusual mates, or you give them too much credit. probably the latter: as you say further down, "my friends who were more the 10 Print"hello": goto 10 level" - do we really want to describe such as coding? (plus likely typed-in when the primary activity of games got momentarily boring, and there was not much else one could do on 8-bit micros)

My BASIC efforts weren't far above that ...but still relatively the most "advanced" among my dozen+ buddies having micros (who AFAIK didn't ever peek outside games; except for one who got customised Workbench floppies once, marvelled at the GUI for a while).
Some time later, when my school got five Pentium PCs, they were used mostly for gaming... yes, during classes (that is of course also the fault of, well, weak teacher; but still). Luckily, no gaming-occupiers on the later addition of a surplus 386 (without CD-ROM and anyway too slow for the games that were in circulation, I guess), which mostly just stood there neglected - hence available for exploring.

a small game (usually a UDG


BTW, overall, WRT to your listing of various British micros and their fortunes - what about Enterprise 128? ;p
(also, why would anybody launch and buy SAM Coupe in 1989 - when, as you mentioned, Amiga was already all the rage...)

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