I'm usually just a lurker here, but I chip in my 2 cents every now and then... like now.
I didn't have a TI as a kid and I only know a couple people that did, but the TI always intrigued me.
The 16 bit CPU, and what were good graphics capabilities for the time sounded like it should be a winner.
As an adult, I learned more about the 9900 CPU and why the machine left the market so soon.
The 9900 is basically an IC version of the processor TI was putting in mini-computers.
TI should have done better on that basis alone.
But TI seemed to do everything they could to prevent programmers from accessing that power, largely due to internal politics, and poor decisions.
Trying to go head to head against the C64 on the basis of price was the final mistake.
I mostly hang around here to learn more about programming the 9900, and to see how people modify the machine.
I'm still waiting for a hardware mod that lets the CPU access a full 64K of 16 bit RAM, and for a fully pipelined 9900 FPGA cpu (which would be many times faster).
It would be interesting to see what the machine could do if that power is ever fully unleashed.
I do own a TI now. It looks like it was never taken out of the box.
One of these days I'll actually write some code for it.