Are some legacy TI hardware devices becoming redundant?
For those planning on getting the P-Box version of the TIPI when it comes out, do you think you'll ever use your RS-232 cards or HDX's ever again? I'm not sure I'll ever use my UDS-10 or either of my RS-232 cards ever again. I might just pull them out of the box to lessen the load on the aging powersupply and to eliminate extra cords in "the rats nest".
Since the TIPI, and Lotharek type SD devices arrived on the scene, how many of you still use your legacy disk drives?
I have an external 3.5 drive that I've not used in at least two years. I'm not sure I ever will again.
I know cartridges will fair better since some people collect them, but with FInalGROMS's and UberGROMS, a lot of legacy cartridges just take up space, collecting dust.
Do you any of you guys have the same problem, feeling like you're being buried under a mass of unused hardware? I was so happy to acquire each and every one of these items a few short years ago, but a lot of the new tech is so much smaller and does so much more.
For those with specialty hardware, P-Boxes are still necessary, I know I'll never get rid of mine, but I wonder if in some cases, for people with room, will the P-Box just become a fancy retro case for the TIPI?
I'm really interested in your comments, insights and opinions. It seems we are at a turning point in the hobby for non purists, and I'm not sure what's going to happen.
I think the question is generic enough that any classic computer enthusiast can chime in.
I don't have a TI-99/4A these days. I did as a kid back in the day, along with many other systems. And for reasons of space and "overwhelmage" I settled on keeping my Apple II stuff which I continue to keep to this day.
The Apple II has a number of slots in it, and all chips are socketed, and there is a PEB-like box called the Mountain Hardware Expansion Chassis. MHEC. So we have tons of expansion capability that can be had in many forms.
I remain a purist with my Apple II material, and I keep the old equipment around, the 300-baud modems, the serial and parallel interface cards, lower-case chips, 80-column cards, 16K RamCards, drives and drive controllers, clock boards. All of it. I keep at least 1 working example of all the material I had as a kid. I also get new updated modern stuff from time-to-time like VGA adapters or a flash-based storage solution. But I don't get upset if it shows a bit of wear and tear.
But at the same time I consider these new modern pieces an onging demonstration of the original EXPANSION CAPABILITY of the system. It's like hey look! I can plug this 21st century hardware into an old vintage computer!
So while it makes some things redundant, like storage and floppies, it is not a 100% replacement. It's. Just. Different. In practice I'll use both the old and the new from time to time. With the bulk of my activities done through emulation because of unparalleled convenience and speed.
The Apple II eco-sphere is adept at handing and converting and transferring disk images. Many multiple ways to do the same thing, each with different mixes of old and new hardware.
As time goes on and we become "less-purist" I think one's attention settles on the software experience and aura surrounding a game or program. And exactly what hardware the software is run on becomes less important.