BillyHW, on Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:42 PM, said:
DZ-Jay, on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:45 PM, said:
BillyHW, on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:48 PM, said:
I'm not arguing anything. I'm laughing and poking fun at early 80's false advertising and vaporware. The video was a riot what with the fake tape drive and computer screens. For some reason you seem to be taking it personally, and I don't know why. It's just an Intellivision dude. We're all having fun here. BTW, I'm looking at the Apple Store now to see if they are claiming expandability to 16 exabytes of memory for the iMac. I'll let you know what I find. Did they even provide any mechanism by which you could expand the memory at all?
It wasn't so much false advertisement as you are claiming it to be. First you deride the computer-controlled tape drive and suggested that it was fake, and someone then mentions that it was real. Then you focus your ridicule in voice-control (which wasn't really claimed by the original video), and then it's something about 8 MB of memory, as if the manual was suggesting that the machine had that. The Keyboard Component was an impressive piece of hardware for its time. Indeed, part of the problem was that it was stretching the limitations of the hardware in a way that did not make it commercially viable or cost-effective. The original video posted in the thread was a marketing prop created before the software was finished--it was intended to convey the features of the upcoming product, not to suggest that it cured cancer or travelled through time. We all love a bit of fun, but your comments are a bit rude and spiteful. -dZ.
Part of charity is not taking offence where no offence was intended.
There was much in that video that was false advertising. The tape drive in the video was fake. The computer screenshots in the video were fake. I did not even mention voice control.
Mattel was taken to court over their false advertising over the keyboard component...and lost. It's part of history. I can laugh at the 80s...why can't you?
Now will you be able to let things go and not escalate this further?
Just to be clear, they were taken to court because they promised to release the Keyboard Component as part of a full fledged computer system, and people bought the Intellivision Master Component with that intention. The Keyboard Component kept being constantly delayed, so the FTC accused them of it being "vapor-ware."
It was a real product, it was in development, it did work--it was just not cost-effective. They produced about 4000 of them and sold them at a loss to appease the complaints, and eventually released the ECS module to relieve the FTC suit. (Now, that ECS module--that's a travesty of crap, if you ask me!)
The problem was not "false advertisement" because it was a fake, the problem was that they over-promised what they could provide at an acceptable cost. The machine was promised at around $500.00, but the cost of materials was around $800.00--and that was using cheap components that made it unreliable.
It was indeed a fine piece of engineering and, attached to the Master Component system, it made for a very powerful computer system--especially when you considered it was built in 1979. It just could not be sold at $500.00 as promised without taking Mattel Electronics down financially. They kept iterating to bring the costs down, hence the delays.
The first video you saw was a concept video showing what the device could do. It had mocked-up screens, but the functional capabilities shown was actually what the real Keyboard Component did.
I do not take offense at you poking fun at the 80s. What I find objectionable is that you seem to ridicule the history for the very wrong reasons, ignoring facts, while nit-picking things out of context. It's sad, because it shows that the context and the full story of that history has been lost.
Now, if you prefer to just use vulgar language to ridicule whatever you please without context or reason, then I'm done in this thread and I won't bother you again. I thought I would share some historical facts and details that you seemed to have missed, but I guess that is not appreciated.