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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Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:38 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I had a CoCo 2 around 1990, that my neighbor sold to me for $20 when his kids got tired of it. I was 13 at the time and it was the second computer I ever owned, and the first I bought for myself. I was in geek heaven, learning to program and playing Dungeons of Daggorath for hours! I played it more than the NES our parents had just been able to afford for us earlier that year.

It definitely has my vote for one of the greatest home computers of all time.

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by chrisperrault on Sat 4th Aug 2012 06:21 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
chrisperrault Member since:
2012-08-04

I still have Coco 3 sitting in my basement with some OS-9 and TRS-80 related books. I couldn't bring myself to get rid of everything.
A Coco 2 was my first machine and I too had a jones for Dungeons of Daggorath.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 06:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I would still have mine if the keyboard hadn't started getting stuck keys, and later the power supply got fried by the crappy wiring in our apartment. I wanted to keep it for nostalgic reasons but when we moved I was forced to trash it since it no longer worked.

By the way, if you want to relive some of the DoD glory days you might want to give this a spin:

http://mspencer.net/daggorath/dodpcp.html

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sat 4th Aug 2012 07:28 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I had a CoCo 2 around 1990 [...] It definitely has my vote for one of the greatest home computers of all time.

Hm, but the TRS-80 and the TRS-80 Color Computer seem quite distinct (just checking out what Wiki says / the TRS-80 is largely unknown around here - though it turns out that the first local home computer, Mera-Elzab Meritum, was a clone). For one, the former is based on Z80, the latter on Motorola 6809 - very different systems, overall.

No cookie for you ;p

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 07:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

No, you misunderstand: my TRS-80 was one of the greatest of all time.

And my coworker just brought me a peanut butter bar from the vending machine in the break room, so I don't need your stinking cookie!

:D

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by Jon Dough on Sun 5th Aug 2012 02:04 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
Jon Dough Member since:
2005-11-30

In 1981, a friend of mine had a TRS-80 model 1, and I thought it was just the neatest thing. I went down to Radio Shack. They didn't have any model 1's left, but they did have the original TRS-80 Color Computer. 4K RAM, 8K ROM, Color BASIC, cassette recorder for storage, a TV for a monitor. I was in heaven!

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