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[3]: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sat 4th Aug 2012 07:57 UTC 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[4]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 08:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Morgan"
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Well the CoCo 2, which I owned, was hardly without flaws (see above about the flaky keyboard and the dead power supply). I realize my nostalgia is biased, but isn't that always the case? We don't fondly remember the things that brought us pain or misery. We instead bask in the memories of pleasant experiences, and being imperfect humans we almost always embellish those memories so we can feel even better about days gone by.

But philosophical and psychological meanderings aside, you're right: They weren't -- as a whole -- the most stable or reliable machines out there. But they were fun, affordable and very educational, all qualities of a new fruit-flavored kid on the block. I get the same warm fuzzies about my Raspberry Pi as I did with the TRS-80 so many years ago, and I'm really enjoying the experience!

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RE[5]: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sun 5th Aug 2012 00:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Morgan"
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And when we do try to see the past how it really was can put us very much at odds with many people who prefer to have warm fuzzy feelings (sometimes even exposes at, well, their outright wrath for disturbing those), or who like subscribing to A Just World myth, and so on. Oh well.

BTW, what are the results of that MAME RPi experiment in the end?

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