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  1. IIRC, the Astrocade didn't have a native cassette interface: it had to be added via a separate unit, which may be what the Wikipedia article refers to, along with the original BASIC cart which had no interface. Alternatively, you could use the later version of the BASIC cart that had a built-in audio cassette interface.
  2. They certainly had other options. They could, for example, insist that all shipping labels be bought thru ebay and only charge FVF on amounts above that. Or, better yet, simply prevent sellers from receiving more than item cost + actual shipping. Instead, they hit everybody for the actions of a few. It was just another fee increase disguised as a way to catch the cheaters. A seller shouldn't have to pay more fees because they sell a heavier item, or because the buyer lives further away. Heck, even doing a superior packing job might make an item larger or heavier, resulting in increased postage and thus higher fees. I neglected earlier to mention another reason to dislike ebay: thier cavalier attitude towards counterfeits. Just search for the word "reproduction" in the video game category and you'll get thousands of hits. These are just the fakes that self-identify. They claim thier buyer protection policy prevents folk from unwittingly getting a fake, but it relies on the buyer filing a claim, meaning they cater to those who are OK with buying pirated and stolen intellectual property. That makes ebay, quite likely, the world's largest fence.
  3. Well, maybe they do still serve a purpose from a buyer's perspective, but as a seller, fees and risk are both much higher and to my mind, unacceptable. Consider these changes they've made over the years: - FVF percentages approximately doubled. - Shipping costs now added to FVF. Combined with above, typical fees are now 2.5 to 3x higher than they were as a percentage of sales price. - Honest feedback about bad buyers is no longer allowed, meaning sellers can no longer screen out the bad apples. And without the possibility of reciprocity, buyers can use extortionist bad-feedback threats to demand partial refunds from sellers regardless of the legitimacy of the claim. - Any buyer can claim not-as-described for any reason, and not only get the purchase price refunded, but also the original shipping cost and the shipping return cost (even if what they return isn't the same item as they received). Those costs come straight from the seller's pocket. - Money is sometimes withheld from the seller for a time to allow for claims, This both denies the seller interest earnings on that money (interest which ebay pockets) and forces them to front the cost of shipping. - The global shipping program sometimes repacks items into lighter and less-well protected packages, pockets the resulting postage fee reduction, and holds sellers responsible for damages caused by their substandard packaging. - ebay sides with the buyer in virtually all disputes. I'm glad you were able to find what you wanted at a reasonable price. There are, however, endless posts about how the prices of vintage computer and videogame bits have skyrocketed. While there are several reasons for this, one undeniable fact is that ebay's policies have driven away many a casual seller. This reduced supply, even as demand stays constant or increases, is a major driver in price increases, so yes, ebay's policies are hurting buyers, too, just in ways that are less obvious.
  4. Anything that hurts ebay is OK by me. I won't miss them a bit when they're gone.
  5. Sure I use mine. Where else would I put the monitor?
  6. As my collecting is done almost entirely via in-the-wild finds, I can't really claim to be refusing to collect for systems that I've simply never found. So no AdventureVision, N-gage, AES, or several others. Systems I've actually seen stuff for and passed on are mostly newer ones like PS3/4/5, PSP, Vita, Xbox 360 & Xbox 1, Switch. And I was never into PC or Mac gaming so I've passed over that stuff for years, except for some early PCjr stuff.
  7. Kaypros were real workhorses in my job back in the early 80s, as we used to lug them around to different testing sites and log various types of data. Had both an external clock for time-stamping the data and a modem for uploading results to the mainframe. Used Wordstar to write reports, PerfectCalc as a spreadsheet and dbase II as well. On weekends we could take it home to play games or just mess around with. I remember Ladder, Zork, a chess game and a few others. Turbo Pascal was great for programming, and one of my early programming efforts was to calculate and track our golf league handicaps and assign foursomes. We used that program for over 20 years. I still have 4 or 5 Kaypros around, but at the moment can't find the boot disks. One is still in the box and has a stack of manuals about a foot thick, making the package weigh about 60 pounds.
  8. I still have them, but finding the binder might take a bit. I have no idea if they're still readable but I'll post here when I find them. Where are you located?
  9. Bought a used system with some games from a newspaper classified ad (remember those?) with my first "adult" paycheck so would have been July or August '79. I had just moved to a different part of the country after graduating college and didn't know anybody so the 2600 was a good companion while I was slowly building a new social life.
  10. If you do post in the wanted forum, be sure to include your location (or modify your signature so it's always there). I skip right over posts without a location.
  11. I did buy a Kaypro at a thrift years later, but it sits mostly unused. Actually tried firing it up last night but can't find the boot disks... Would have picked up an HP9825 if I'd ever found one cheap, but I don't know what I'd do with it.
  12. I've got one like that, with the stickers documenting the price falling from $29.99 to $2.99. No store ID, though. These amuse me, so I've never removed them.
  13. I rarely had days where I spent the whole time with a computer, but we did use them frequently. Probably my closest experience to the OPs questions would have been when we started using Kaypros (IIs and 10s). We used custom software for various data logging and processing functions, and Wordstar and dBase to write reports. It was a huge improvement over writing stuff by hand and taking it off to a secretary to be typed, and much better than our previous use of mini-computers which could only have two simultaneous users. That was agony for an organization of 50+ engineers so the Kaypros felt like heaven. For play, we had several of the older Infocom text adventures on the Kaypro, and before that would sneak off to play Adventure on the mainframe during off hours. Our lab also had an HP9825 system with a vector screen that I learned a bit about programming on by writing a horse racing sim and porting the old Trek program. Pretty lame by today's standards but fun for the time.
  14. 1802? So you didn't have a way to use the 80 column VDC screen? And yes, I know the 1802 could do monochromatic 80 column with a special cable, but it wasn't common or even very readable. Really, you should get a C128 system (best 8-bitter ever!) but skip the 1802 and get a 1902/2002/1080/1084 or something that does the VDC justice.
  15. Pictures show up just fine for me...
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