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What could they have done better with the 99/4a?

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On 5/20/2020 at 7:47 AM, mizapf said:

Agree (with your disagreement), they should even have put TI BASIC in a cartridge. Maybe bundle it with the console.

 

This is also one of those bad ideas, as can be seen in the TI-99/8: built-in programming language. No fix, no upgrade, waste of memory.

RXB runs BASIC with no modifications, but not with EA Assembly Support.

But then TI Basic with Assembly Support is slow and very very limited compared to XB with Assembly support.

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On 5/20/2020 at 8:10 AM, apersson850 said:

At least the built-in operating system on the p-code card's "GROM disk" can be upgraded. You can place an upgrade of a segment of the operating system on the root disk. If you do (this never happened), then the system will use that part instead of the fixed one in GROM on the card.

 

But if TI BASIC didn't occupy two GROMs in the console, you could have had higher capacity modules. Perhaps they designed a nice size for the modules, found they could put five GROMs in there and then put the other three in the console? Since they can address up to eight of them, in an easy way.

 

QI most certainly is an abbreviation for Cost Reduced, nothing else. But that doesn't sound so cool to marketing.

A much better idea is just dump TI Basic and keep XB and those two GROMs should have been used for more OS features like XB Assembly support and Editor Assembly in Console.

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On 5/22/2020 at 4:52 PM, RXB said:

But then TI Basic with Assembly Support is slow and very very limited compared to XB with Assembly support.

I agree. When I was using BASIC on the TI, it was Extended BASIC supported with assembly to do things not available, or too slow, in BASIC.

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