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  1. This is beautiful work, and jeez doubledown, what a perfectionist!
  2. THAT'S IT!!!!!!! Was it just a fan port of the BASIC code as was suggested above? It was just something they loaded on to all of the CoCo2s in my school's computer lab as far as I ever knew at the time. timeframe probably would have been 1985-1992.
  3. When I was in grade school my school had Tandy CoCo2s for the most part in the computer lab, with like 3 Apple IIs or something. Anyway, when we had computer class and could play "Oregon Trail," we actually played it on the CoCos, not on the Apple IIs, and it was an all-text version. I remember the way you shot something was by typing words like "Shoot" and "Bang" as fast as possible, with the faster you typed presumably leading to a better result. Did anyone else ever play this thing on a Coco2? Better yet, anyone got a copy? I am obsessed with it.
  4. I think like a lot of folks I go through fits and starts. Right now because of the business of life with a small child, it's mostly on hold, because when I am home, he's home, and when I am around, he wants me to play with him. He will only be young once, and I want to maximize that time as much as possible; and if I ignore him and get on one of my retro machines, then HE will want to do that, and he's a little too young for it and I don't want to have to fight with him about gentle treatment of old equipment or worry that he might break something. I have collected for essentially five systems: the Commodore 64/128 (main), the Commodore Plus/4, the ColecoVision/ADAM, the Atari 800XL, and the TI-99/4A. The latter two were from curiosity as an adult about what these alternate systems were about. I actually sold off the TI-99/4A at one point to finance another project, since I hardly used it, but found it kinda bothered me I didn't have it, and so re-acquired everything. And I'm right back to not really using it. But I really enjoy old computers and as hobbies go it is relatively inoffensive I think. It doesn't cost too much, especially now, since I have most everything I really want and just need to maintain, and if I let it sit for a while and only use it occasionally, it is still fun. I think it's a phase for you "Omega" - wouldn't do anything rash!
  5. Definitely agree. I have a whole folder of pdf images of Commodore manuals, particularly those I do not have in print. With my tablet it's almost like having them in print. Hooray!
  6. Interesting! DevilDog07, I love your screen name, but more to the point I am also from Eastern PA! Fun to see where these things wind up. I have an ADAM - they are very hardy machines IMHO, much more so than the actual ColecoVisions. My ColecoVision held out for a long while but was often dodgy and finally died. The ADAM? Puts out an image like the day it was born. it’s yellowed as all holy hell, but you can’t have everything I guess!
  7. I need a source for free or nearly free Commodore monitors.
  8. Great idea for a thread, enjoying the many responses. The things I know I want but can’t get and if I could I couldn’t justify the price for run in roughly this order: 1. Commodore 65. Even getting the soon-to-be, I hope, Mega65 will probably be a fight. 2. Commodore Amiga 4000 not T tricked out. Toyed with buying one once but couldn’t justify the $1700. Am intrigued by these machines but not truly infatuated the way I am with the Commodore 8 bits. 3. Coleco ADAM Disk Drive. Most likely totally useless to me (I have an ADAM but putting together ADAM program disks would be a chore) but I do like it and its rarity. Maybe the most strictly irrational thing on this list. 4. That Atari 1450XL prototype... yeah. 5. Atari 1200 - Obtainable but what would I do with it if I had it? 6. That TI peripheral that acted as a VCR controller and even I think would have allowed VCR tapes used as storage for TI-99 programs. Whatever Atari device that acted as a LD controller that I saw at VCF East this year as well.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
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