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  1. In '85, a friend loaned me his 400 and modem to connect to the university system to type in my assignments. The 400 keyboard was definitely inferior to the school terminals, and the tv showed a fuzzy'ish 40 column versus the 80 column terminal monitor, but I was at home, at night in my pyjamas typing at good speed. During the day, there would be terminals available at the university, but too many people on the one system, so it crawled. It was a nine+ kilometre bus ride or walk to get home, so the 400 was a godsend. My point is that 400 (keyboard and all) could have its uses in a wider context at times. 🙂
  2. I've got an old 12" Sears TV with composite in, and it displays colour with my IIe, IIc, and IIGS. I've got Citizen 19C705 LCD which performs magic on my IIe with an 80 column card. When you power everything up, the 80 column is horrific on it, but when you power off the monitor and power it on again, it looks fantastic. (40 column is quite pooh also, until you turn off the monitor and restart it). I am of the opinion that Apple II colour idiosyncrasies were worse in the 80's than now, as a surprising number of newer monitors accommodate its signal.
  3. I wish Jumpking Junior was available as a ROM. I chose to upgrade to the Colecovision in mid '82, which was a hard decision with the Intellivision as the other choice (the Imagic games looked soooo good on Intellivision in the magazines). Colecovision had higher resolution, but Intellivision had more sprites per line and fine scrolling. More importantly, probably due to system lifespans being so short due to the crash, my opinion is that the Intellivision had way more in-depth games. It would be great to have my old Colecovision favourites like Jumpman Jr and Miner 2049er on Intellivision, but I unfortunately can't justify the physical purchases. Ever since someone loaned me their Intellivision with B17 Bomber in summer '83, I always said I suffered from "Intellivision P3nis Envy". 😪 🤪🤪🤪
  4. Back in the early 80's I had a Colecovision (Irwin never released the 5200 in Canada, as far as I know). I was very pleased with the Colecovision. Reading about titles like Robotron, Space Dungeon, and Star Raiders made me envious of the 5200 library. I am not of the opinion the library was uninspired.
  5. I got the board downstairs, so I will take some photos on both sides of the three boards pieces. Should I pluck the red tape off the long RAM board? It's been attached for 34 years... 😁😁
  6. On the C=64, "i" and "," made the gyroscope go up/down. I stopped then, as I was falling off constantly.
  7. Joystick and arrow keys both worked on the Commodore 64 version, using original hardware. I expect the Apple II version at least uses the keyboard somehow.
  8. Just took a peek, and Gyroscope was available on several platforms, from a fairly prolific publisher, Melbourne House. I am going to try out some other versions to see if I can get those to run, that may clue me into the Apple II version.
  9. Best answer. Everyone will agree with you, eventually... 🙃
  10. I really enjoyed Club Drive also, and I was in my 30's... 🙂
  11. I just tried the "star dance 10k file PRODOS (san inc crack).dsk" on an Apple IIGS using FloppyEmu, and could not get past the title screen also.
  12. I pre-ordered mine will in advance from some mail order company, but received it in early '94. Made sense, I figured, as the initial launch was limited geographically. I just had Cybermorph, and although it was fine, I was not super enthused until Tempest 2000 arrived a few months later.
  13. Atari Canada's warranty service was excellent. We had bought several dozen 520STfm (single sided) with additional external drive for far less than the newer double sided 520STfm's. A couple of people had their internal drives die, and they were replaced with double sided 520STfm's. I used to (jokingly) say to people "run a butter knife thru your disk drive and you will end up with a double sided machine for free". (No one ever did that). Now, I may be misremembering, but I think Timeworks DTP worked better (i.e., less disk swaps) with a dual single sided drives machine than with single double sided drive. Timeworks DTP was a big seller and driver for machine sales at our shop.
  14. Woolco had XE's from '86. I had a friend who bought a word processor package with a 130XE/1050/printer/AtariWriter cartridge. (I think that was the name..)
  15. I think the CPC was great, but your sentence was hilarious! Thanks!!
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