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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Nothing special
by 3rdalbum on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:03 UTC
3rdalbum
Member since:
2008-05-26

Sorry, but even after that article I still see nothing special about the TRS-80.

I understand and appreciate that it was affordable enough and didn't need user assembly, so it was one of the first computers an ordinary geek could own - but then, a decent number of computers around at the same time could make that claim.

Technically it seems hopelessly outclassed by the Apple 2, with very little cleverness in the hardware design compared to the Apple 2.

Nostalgia is okay, but just because a particular computer is special to you for the memories you had of it, does not mean that it was a special computer compared to others of the time.

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RE: Nothing special
by MOS6510 on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:22 in reply to "Nothing special"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The computer YOU owned in the 70/80s was ALWAYS the most SPECIAL and BEST one.

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RE[2]: Nothing special
by chiwaw on Sun 5th Aug 2012 04:44 in reply to "RE: Nothing special"
chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

Completely true. And the proof is that the most awesome computer in the early '80s was the TRS-80 MC-10. I know it bombed and was one of the most limited computer on the marked. But it WAS THE BEST.

It also happened to be my first computer and I learned to program on it. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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RE: Nothing special
by Vanders on Sat 4th Aug 2012 16:49 in reply to "Nothing special"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

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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