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  1. This was such a cool exhibit, was glad I noticed the post on here. Not sure I would have made the trek down to the Fair this year otherwise. He best part was the Atari 800 being used as a LaserDisc controller!
  2. If anyone has one, I am looking to re-acquire Donkey Kong for the TI-99/4A. PM if youve got one to part with.
  3. What is this? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Colecovision-Galaxian-Complete-Brand-New-in-Box-Limited-Edition-1-of-50/283314720241?hash=item41f6df8df1:g:-y8AAOSwcs1cIACX
  4. I started this thread with a comparison to the C65 and the project to basically re-create and re-invent that machine. Commodore's last 8 bit got nearly to production, but not quite, and came very late in the game - 1991. It was a wholly different concept from the earlier 128, although it was to have, like the 128, a 64 mode. But whereas, as you say, the 128's 64 "mode" was in fact just a second 64 computer inside the 128 box, with a dedicated processor and everything, producing 99.9% compatibility or something like it, the "Commodore 65" would only have emulated the 64 in software, resulting in a compatibility of 75% or so (which I have never really understood what that means - it seems like it could mean that like all of the software would be 75% compatible, or, to put that another way, not compatible at all!). The issue about compatible software will exist for this new machine just like what you are talking about with the TI-99/8; since the REAL C65 was never released, there is NO software for its native mode. Yet these folks at mega65 are doing it anyway. I must say the Commodore 64 software/hardware scene is rather robust for a machine dead 25 years now, and I guess that is not maybe the case with the TI-99 scene, but it seemed like it was from a (mostly) outsider's perspective. The 65 was to be, in other words, quite a different machine, and of course it has long since reached mythical status amongst Commodore fans. I was so impressed that there were actually people developing a latter-day 65 - the time involved seems just enormous - but it made me wonder if any other retro communities had similar project developing - or if other retro communities would even be aware of just how far these Commodore guys seem to think they can take it.
  5. I am more of a Commodore guy but I have an interest in all old systems and the TI-99/4 is one I am currently trying to get back into (sold off a collection I had for some cash for another project, but now feeling the itch again). But as a Commodore guy I keep a close watch on current projects out there in the scene and by far the most exciting is this: the Mega65, a latter-day attempt to create, essentially, the infamous never-produced Commodore 65 prototype machine for production. Details here: www.mega65.net It honestly looks like it is coming together, slowly but surely, and amazingly. It made me think what other unproduced machines might be take np by their corresponding communities. The TI community is so strong, I naturally thought of the TI-99/8. Has there been any thought anywhere for folks to work on this?
  6. Great thread. I got a ColecoVision at a time that must have been post-crash, because at the same time my sister got a Cabbage Patch doll (when stores could not keep those things in stock), and the reason I got the CV was because my Mom wanted to get my sister a Cabbage Patch doll and Coleco I think was running some factory direct promotion in which IF you were willing to buy a CV THEN they would also agree to sell you a Cabbage Patch doll so you would be guaranteed to get one. So for our birthdays in one of 83, 84, or 85, my sister got a Cabbage Patch Doll and I got a CV. Later my Mom got an ADAM, and I remember my Aunt did too. I would have guessed that was when prices were being slashed, so later in the computer's run, but I remember my Aunt got one also shortly after we did and she returned hers because it didn't work, which suggests one of the earlier, buggier models. Today I use the ADAM exclusively, albeit basically only as a CV. It was actually a much better and more reliable CV than the CV itself. 30+ years on and it still works perfectly, with a beautiful picture - unlike my CV, which had to be totally rehabbed.
  7. About a year and a half ago I had to sell off my TI-99/4A collection to fund another project. At the time I had a TI-99/4A with an original box, the PEB with disk drive (and a few other cards I never got around to testing/using), and several carts. Well, I'd like to get back into it. If anyone has such things to sell, PM me. You guys are the friendliest vintage computing community by the way, by far.
  8. I do. Both of my ColecoVisions crapped out so I switched to the ADAM which works perfectly.
  9. Sure glad I opened this thread... I thought my Defender cartridge had simply died, didnt know it didnt work on the ADAM. Why is it that it doesnt work?
  10. plbyrd, I dont know you or your work, but I sure do hate to see someone walk away from the scene angry, particularly if they are a contributor. Sadly I am not a contributor, I do not possess the technical skills required - I just love all things Commodore and retro computing generally! This is supposed to be fun. I guess if it stops being fun you have to walk away, at least for a while.
  11. I am more of a Commodore guy but I had picked up a TI-99/4A at a local convention, built up a bit of a cartridge library, and finally, about a year ago, bought a PEB at a great price from a guy on vcfed. I didnt use it much and I have a toddler at home so my time for the retro computing hobby is severely curtailed these days, and in the end I chose to sell my setup to fund another project (a retro car I acquired). I am seriously considering hopping back in. I have to say, without a doubt, the TI-99/4A community is one of the very best and most geenrous, open, and friendly retro computing communities out there.
  12. This is how we got our CV too. Mom wanted to get my sister a cabbage patch doll and had to buy me a ColecoVision. Fortunately our birthdays are 8 days apart so we each got our gift, and I think my cousins already had a ColecoVision so I had some familiarity. My mom then went on to buy an ADAM so we doubled down on the Coleco thing, and indeed it is the ADAM that I use today.
  13. Wait, what? They ADAM has, like, wisdom teeth? Pictures for sure!
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