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: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sat 4th Aug 2012 07:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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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"
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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!


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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sat 4th Aug 2012 07:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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I figured you base your views on the model that you owned, what else - things is, it still kinda feels like subscribing to the guiding thought of the news article ...while the machines didn't have very much in common except for the company & name.

(also, CoCo seems to have been not that great compared to contemporary designs, sort of unbalanced - still no cookie, vending machine won't change that ;p )

Curious / WTH thing about the original TRS-80... ( )

Model I production was discontinued as it did not comply with new FCC regulations as of 1 January 1981 regarding electromagnetic interference.[10][15][18] The Model I radiated so much interference that while playing games an AM radio placed next to the computer could be used to provide sounds.[19]

Well, I guess it wasn't called Radio Shack for nothing ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by righard on Sat 4th Aug 2012 12:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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...peanut butter...

My skills of deduction place you in the US.

Edited 2012-08-04 12:16 UTC

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