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  1. Out of curiosity, what is the difference between a TM and a TMS? What does TM/TMS stand for? I never see anyone asking about this, so it probably is common knowledge, but have been curious. Also, is a TMS better than a TM since there's an "S" added?
  2. Looks like it's part of the TMS9900 family: http://oldcomputer.info/8bit/vpu200/index.htm
  3. BTW, if you're wondering why those cool cavemen were replaced with solid color sprites, it seems it made the game flicker too much. Should also mention these disks contain the speech version of "Demon Attack", which is where I got that from.
  4. I was talking to @Ksarul about this today and figured I would post this as it's not well known and maybe could lead to some interesting discussion. Probably about 20 years ago now, I received a bunch of disks containing released and unreleased cartridge dumps from a woman in Canada named Lucie Dorais (sp?). These disks contained games like Lasso, Wing War, Angler Dangler, etc. What was intriguing to me was that these disks were marked 1985, on a printout of the contents taped onto the disk sleeve. That was intriguing to me since 1985 was only 2 years after TI pulled the plug on the home computer, so these titles were discovered close to the time the TI-99 was still in production. Anyway, I decided to see if I could track down the source of these games, and who actually found them. As they seem to be the source for many of the unreleased dumps we have today (the disks auto load in XB with a nice menu BTW). So I talked with Lucie and she said she thought they were from the Chicago UG, which in turn I eventually tracked them down to the Atlanta UG somehow (forget how). Anyway, I came across someone who was a teenager while with the Atlanta UG named @dphirschler. He knew about these games (as I thought he would, as he was a teenager back then) and said his father had a friend by the name of Hal Kam (a member of the UG) who in turn had a contact at TI and was the source for many of the unreleased games that circulated in the UG back in the day (like the early versions of Wing War, Lasso, Fantasy, etc.). Apparently Hal Kam got these from his TI contact in 1983 while they were still in development and they eventually made their way around to the other UG's across the country. I tried to find Hal on the internet, but never could find him, as it would be interesting to know who his TI contact was, as there might be some other goodies that the contact had access to if we were to track him down. Was anyone else here a member of the Atlanta UG back in the day and remembers seeing these games? The disks also contain that early version of Wing War, and early version of Buck Rogers, an early version of Treasure Island (with Cavemen sprites), plus tons more: https://www.videogamehouse.net/treasureislandproto.html I was especially intrigued with these disks since the TI community was not known as a big gaming community. And there seemed to be hardly any new finds of unreleased games (or even efforts to find unreleased games) until I joined the community in the late 90s (although I could be wrong about that, but that's how it seemed). So the fact that so many unreleased games were available at all, and especially so early on (1985), made me want to find the source even more so. Could it be that since Darryl was a teen interested in gaming, Hal Kam used his contact at TI to get some upcoming games since he was a friend of Darryl's dad? Maybe without Darryl we would never have seen the likes of Fantasy, Lasso, etc?
  5. I have to wonder why TI didn't do a Pong game for a 1979 release. They eventually made a Pabble Ball game in 1983 that was planned for cartridge, but they should have put that out first in 1979 with the launch of the system. I think that would have been a biggie. Another mistake I think was not putting TI-Trek on cartridge (and programming it in assembly). I feel it too would have made a big splash as an early title, as it was a fun game but most have never heard of it since it was disk based and not many had disk drives in the early days of the 99/4.
  6. Actually, since that 99/4 has been up there for months at that asking price, it makes sense that you can't wrap your head around it, as nobody else has been able to either judging by the length of time it's been on eBay
  7. Good catch. The other 99/4 is here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Texas-Instruments-TI-99-4-Engineering-Prototype-717-No-Serial-Number/133474657047?hash=item1f13b5a317:g:iOoAAOSwBi5d3JS6 It's number 717. So technically the CB Wilson auction 99/4 is newer than the one already up, and one above is in better shape as well.
  8. Interesting. All this time I thought the Waftertape drive used those little microcassettes from answering machines. Didn't realize they were something completely different. As an aside, how much data could you save to a microcassette if you could use one to save data?
  9. I noticed that the mockup CC-70 sold for the $2500: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-RAREST-Texas-Instruments-COMPACT-COMPUTER-70-Mock-Up-CB-Wilson-Est-40-Plus-/203128653296?hash=item2f4b6945f0%3Ag%3ATiAAAOSw8jJfelgI&nma=true&si=4VJzfBI6bbp068%2BlVhQrTJqHqVE%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Also, assuming someone here got that clear cart (https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Texas-Instruments-TI-99-Cartridge-Clear-Case-Prototype-CB-Wilson-Dimension4/203129767775?hash=item2f4b7a475f:g:0wQAAOSwrxBfe5Ig), I would love to hear what is burnt on the cartridge (if anything).
  10. Fun Fact: The kid in the brochure for the MBX was Stephen Langieri, son of Mike Langieri who was one of the VP's of MB's Advanced R&D, who was involved with the MBX project. You'll notice the name "Stephen" used in some promo screenshots. I also believe the other names used in the other game screen shots were of others involved in the MBX project. Mike is a big Yankee's fan, not Red Sox like you might think.
  11. Interestingly enough, there is a variant of the overlay in press materials that looks like the final one, but has one extra button for "Screw Ball". It has an additional orange button so instead of one button in the second row of orange buttons, there are two, with a gap in the middle where the final "Curve" button is located. It's actually in that image that you called the "final overlay", so I guess neither of those overlays are the final ones Also, note the "Time Out" button on that one. Bill Gaskill made the joke that I should have become a detective when I grew up (I was 14 in 1998 when I was looking up all this TI info with him), since I would spot those little details.
  12. Seems like Rob was the librarian in the late 80s of the West Penn 99ers. This might be the potable TI/PEB mentioned in a 1987 newsletter: http://www.whtech.com/ftp/user groups/West Penn/1987/1987_10 WEST PENN.pdf
  13. Parsec maybe? With the multi-colored twinkling star background?
  14. Forget what he was asking, but I seem to remember paying $50 for it. This is from a 2002 e-mail when this all went down. So not a bad price luckily. He described it as follows: TI 99 4/A Equipment 8 9" monitors: 1 working & 7 non-working (use for parts) (sold??) 1 13" monitor (sold ??) 2 expansion modules, 1 with floppy drive 10 TI 99 4/A systems: 2 new still in the box (1 in Russian) 8 used ( 2 in box sold) 1 TI Program tape recorder 420 Blank 5 1/4" floppys (use on expansion modules) missalanious user guides and plugs and cables
  15. When I first saw screen 11111110 on that page, I was like, hey, that's the Russian screen! Maybe I could edit it to give it that name, hehe. Actually, if you look at it, the TI logo could even be a sickle/hammer
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