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  1. A Tandy 3 That's a very rare version and one heck of a way to enter the hobby. It won't last long at that price. Note: It's just a Model III, but sought after for the looks.
  2. Just for fun, you can try moving the black wire going to the master switch towards the right and hold it to the bottom with a piece of tape. Then move the white neutral wire slightly to the right to give it a bit of space from the black wire going to the computer switch. I've had power cords wadded up behind monitors that caused jitters or convergence issues and simply moving them cured the problem...no need to start doing equations for optimal distances.
  3. The blue disks are MOVs for surge protection.
  4. Difficult and tedious only to those with a severe mental handicap.
  5. It seems like it's acting like a weak degaussing coil. First try straightening the interior wires and moving them equal distances from each other.
  6. But they were releasing new games for the Odyssey 2 in 1983, which had next to no market at that point. And they did pick up ColecoVision which was getting a few games as late as 1984.
  7. Yes, it opened to the public in '79, but I've never heard of there being any restrictions for non business users. While not free, the Vidtex software and manual for my Model III was very cheap...like $20 bucks. So what SIGs did you visit? Play any of the games like Black Dragon?
  8. When was this? I was on Compuserve in the very early 80s and there were no restrictions of when I could log on. Business hours were something like $12 per hour at 300 baud vs $6 during evenings and weekends. They also didn't go by your local timezone, which I found out the hard way when my first bill arrived.
  9. Dial up is still used by many people in rural areas. Your ISP may still offer local phone numbers for access (mine does). If so, attach a modem to your PC, call the number and log in. Of course you need a landline too. Then go to https://www.best-electronics-ca.com/ to see exactly what the internet was like 30 years ago.
  10. Good examples at reasonable prices show up all the time. That III is so ridiculously priced, there's no point in even trying to negotiate with people like that...now or in the future. The description is also idiotic. Only shows it booted up into basic and claims No discs or anything so there is nothing downloaded. There are plenty of disks in the photos including TRSDOS. I can almost guarantee the drives don't work and will need to be disassembled, cleaned and realigned on a scope.
  11. A nice decked out Model 4 just sold for over $1,000. A clean 16K cassette based Model III just sold for $660 and another for $650...keep in mind these have no disk drives, no disk controller and no serial card. Outside of being a rare curiosity, I'm not sure why anyone would pay more for a II, 12, 16 or 6000. They weren't used in homes or schools and the limited amount of software is business oriented. My Model III calls BBSs, has good sound from the cassette port, great stereo 5 voice sound from the Orchestra 90, 640X240 hi res graphics to play with, endless accessories from back in the day along with incredibly cool things being made today. Then there are the thousands of programs available for it. I wouldn't turn down a free II, but not really sure what I'd do with it.
  12. An Atari hotel in '81 would have made decent profits for a few years. By the late 80s it would be abandoned or the theme changed to something else. To attempt this 35 years later is just bizarre. On average I pay about $150 a night when staying at a hotel. For the hell of it, I'd be willing to pay maybe an extra $100 a night for an Atari themed hotel, but I'm sure I'm in the minority even among Atari fans. A theme hotel could work but it would need to be something many people can relate to and be in the perfect location. All my Ned Flanders type friends have taken their families on a pilgrimage to see the life size Noah's Ark in Kentucky. For some reason I was googling the dimensions of the ark and then comparing it to modern cruise ships. Somewhere down the rabbit hole I found it was almost identical to the Love Boat. ❤️ 🚢 I then found out the Love Boat (Pacific Princess) had recently been removed from service and sold or auctioned off for some ridiculous low amount of money to a ship breaker for scrap. I think that would have been the perfect bones for a theme hotel. Get some prime real estate in Las Vegas and have it broken down and delivered there. Reassemble and restore it exactly as it was back in the day, including all period correct decor taken from old footage and photos. Everything for a perfect hotel is already there...restaurants, bars, entertainment, pool, etc. It would have cost an insane amount of money, but I bet they could charge whatever they want a night for a room and the place would be booked solid a year in advance.
  13. I'm glad to hear Tandy Assembly is back on this year in Ohio. I'm not into the CoCo, but if there's issues with Chicago, why not just move it 30 minutes east into Indiana? We only had a few weeks of inconveniences during the height, but business has actually been booming since this time last year due to all the FIPs coming here to shop at the malls, get haircuts, go to restaurants etc. We don't even have a mask mandate anymore.
  14. Are you on the correct channel? Try channel 4 and see what happens. There's no 3/4 switch on the console but there is one inside that might have been changed to channel 4.
  15. I don't think anyone is denying it's an Atari 8 bit inside, but how many people bought it as a computer with a detachable keyboard when Atari didn't even include a keyboard (unless you opted for the deluxe set)? I'll admit I was heavily into my Tandy 1000EX at the time, and the NES wasn't even a blip on my radar back then let alone something like the XEGS. Why do you feel people looked at the XEGS as more of a computer than a game system? There's no denying it was marketed as a game system (GS is right in the name) and stores had it placed with the game consoles, but is there a reason that someone back in the 80s would have chosen it over the 65XE? Possibly price point? I don't know what the price of the 65XE was in '87, but if the XEGS was substantially cheaper, I can see people buying it as a home computer instead, especially if that point was brought up in magazine articles. Although I would have paid extra to not have the Fisher-Price pastel buttons. It's not an Atari or Commodore thing; pick any system (including IBM) and games probably outnumber productivity software 100 to 1. And when you did upgrade that home finance program, did you really want to keep the old one to revisit and enjoy later on? Personally, I didn't need dozens of different word processors, editor/assemblers, communications programs, spreadsheets, etc. Often the real estate was worth more than the data, and Commander Keen was going to take up residence in the floppy once lived in by Lotus 1 2 3.
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