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DoctorTom

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  1. Didn't mean to offend anyone, but having the ADAM crash TWICE after writing a five page term paper in 9th grade -- and twice losing my work entirely -- left me in tears and secured my opinion that the ADAM was a CV masquerading as a computer. At BEST it was a rushed product, and I stand by my claim that at least the early model was in fact a piece of junk -- if you can't do word processing on a computer, it is nearly worthless. For me, the whole ADAM experience was like a bad practical joke. I didn't know one person who had a working unit.

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  2. I'm not sure the PC, as it existed when it existed, really qualifies as an equivalent device. It was almost universally monochrome, didn't work with a TV, no sound capabilities, etc at least without extra boards and configuration efforts. IBM offered the PC Jr, but that had it's own problems. The good thing, though, was because of the support, the PC evolved more than anything. It eventually became what we still buy at every retail store today. I suppose it's even possible that if Coleco had been more successful with the Adam, they could have cornered the market, and with the right set of circumstances, maybe even moved into the business machine and out-competed IBM. Then we would all be loading Ubuntu on our "Coleco-compatibles."

     

    I disagree entirely. I was playing fun games in color on my PC as early as 1984 (and in 1983 at my neighbor's house) -- way more fun than anything exclusively offered on ADAM. In fact, I bought a PC with color monitor and printer precisely because my ADAM kept crashing while attempting to do word processing. (I agree sound was very limited.) The ADAM was a piece of junk that ruined Coleco's reputation and never had any chance of cornering any market -- it was only was worth having for its ColecoVision games.


  3. I think the concept was sound: everything all-in-one, but they pushed too fast on the practical limits of going from idea to market. And they promised everything before anything was ready. And they cut corners. The problems were all pretty much about the corporate decisions, not really so much about the device itself.

     

    Plus, you practically have to dedicate a whole table to the thing. And, of course, the Commodore 64 and Apple II were both better designed and better quality.

     

    And the PC.


  4. Bought paddle controllers from Brian for a very fair price. They are in fantastic working order -- no skips or stutters with movement. My best set by far. My circus and kaboom scores are going to explode! :)

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