Hi all, I've been lurking for a long time and have been a Commodore/Apple guy for many years.
I tried to get into the Color Computer scene, but I think because it didn't hit me with same nostalgia as the Commodore/Apple computers that I own, I was unable to get hooked. In fact I am selling the rig I put together (CoCo 3 + dual mini-disk) on the Marketplace.
My impression of the platform is really bipolar. It feels like a much more sophisticated computer than a Commodore or an Apple, but this feeling is ruined by some of the decisions made by Tandy.
From little things like the hideous font and green screen that you have to learn to change or load another OS to get rid of... to big things like sticking with so many legacy peripherals from the TRS-80 Model I/III/IV line. Sticking with the same basic case design as the Coco2 really did an injustice to the Coco3. Even Commodore finally ditched the breadbin.
The Coco 3 in particular feels like it should have shipped with a 3.5 floppy or a hard disk, it is a really powerful machine I was shocked at what it could do.
Also, the community is really friendly compared to some others.
All together it feels like a missed opportunity for Radio Shack.