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I use my TI for...

My TI usage is comprised mostly of...  

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  1. 1. My TI use is exclusively for gaming.

    • Yes
      3
    • No
      31
  2. 2. My TI use is mostly for gaming.

    • Yes
      11
    • No
      23
  3. 3. My TI use is mostly programming.

    • Yes
      18
    • No
      16
  4. 4. My TI use includes the use of applications and utilities.

    • Yes
      23
    • No
      11
  5. 5. I use my TI 'this much' per week on average.

    • Under an hour.
      8
    • Under two hours.
      12
    • Under three hours.
      1
    • Under four hours.
      4
    • Five to ten hours per week.
      4
    • More than 10 hours per week.
      5
  6. 6. My approximate TI hobby hardware investment is.

    • $100.00 or less.
      2
    • $100.00-$400.00
      4
    • $400.00-$600.00
      6
    • $600.00-$800.00
      2
    • $800.00-$1,000.00
      1
    • $1,000-$1,500.00
      3
    • $1,500.00-$2,000.00
      2
    • $2000.00-$3,000.00
      1
    • More than $3,000.00
      13


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What do you actually use your TI for?  Do you use it simply as a game machine?  Do you use it for any productive purposes?  How much are you invested?

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I am not sure of my hardware investment, but I am reasonably sure it exceeds $3000 over the years.

 

...lee

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I use it for development, experimentation, and fun-n-games. I'm in for about $200.

I have a beige unit that blew up about 2 weeks into ownership. A silver unit that's been going strong for awhile now. A cassette recorder, Flashrom99, nanopeb, 1GB CF card, and a small collection of cartridges, like extended basic, tunnels of doom, adventure, and such.

I think I'm lucky in that I've managed to keep it cheap. The most expensive thing I've bought so far is the nanopeb, which I'm still not really utilizing.

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I use my (real) Geneve for ...

... improving the TI emulations in MAME.  ;-)

 

 

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I guess there's some inevitable trickiness in the question (in particular, "5. I use my TI 'this much' per week on average."), given I've been spending an egregious amount of time on TI-99 projects lately, but almost none of that is done using my TI-99 itself (i.e., coding on real iron) outside brief tests, and is rather done in development of my own support applications/scripts (for modern PC), and in use of the community's collection of TI development support applications (for modern PC). 

 

The irony is, I feel like the more I'm working on TI development, the less I'm using my TI!  Since if I were just playing games, I'd always be doing that on real iron.  But for development, I just can't give up Notepad++/Magellan/GIMP/etc., and more than half of the code associated with my current RS-232 automation project is Python support scripts rather than the XB which talks to them.

 

So my answer is, now that I'm completely obsessed with my TI-99, I barely use it! :P

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Right now I am impressing family members with mine... when the FG gets built you bet your sweet bippy I'll be playing on it a lot.

Will move Into programmin, then pcb design. I kinda gotta admit that Jedimatt42 is the reason I found this place. So thanks for placing that needle in my hand [email protected] !! :)

(No.. really ... Thanks!!!)

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I know my investment over the years is well in excess of your max value here--as it is easily twenty times that. . .I have a couple of single items that break that cost budget by themselves (my 99/8s).

 

 

I use my systems mostly for hardware development/testing, but as there are two users here, @iliketurtles uses it mostly for gaming, with a little bit of programming thrown in.

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Difficult to aswer to this poll...  Questions are incomplete. I play games very few, I program a little, I often use utilities and  I spend a lot of time to study the Texas Instruments TI-99  and third party hardware and to developp new TI hardware.

Not sure if I have well answered to the final question. I have chosen the before last budget, and after reflexion I think I would have  to choose the last one.

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Yes, my investment in my TI-Geneve hobby has been very significant over the decades since 1982.  However, I'm in the process of divesting myself of all hardware related to my Geneves and hard drives, except for my HFDC, and mostly concentrating on MAME emulation for primary TI-99/4A with 80K GramKracker function, and my SNUG TI-99/4P, obviously; also keeping it (the hardware) along with one TI-99/4A with NanoPEBs, for real hardware testing of software developed on MAME.  All this just in hopes of completing a few software development projects started more than 10 years ago, only to prove to myself that I'm not a "quiter" or speller.  It does not matter if anyone else ever makes use of any software that I may happen to finish.  My only hobby accomplishment was Forth+ 1.01 for the Geneve released December 1993, and it never had more than 10 registered users.

 

I may not have accomplished much with this hobby, but I certainly enjoyed it, even during my travels all around this country (USA), and around the world attending TI user group meetings and sponsored Festivals/Treffens; which included meeting some of the most significant TI hardware & software contributors, and chatted with many other interesting like minded hobbyists.  Some of which contributed ideas, and even coded many parts of TIB+ (still unfinished).  To me, it still has purpose; Tony Knerr's module loader for the SNUG HSGPL frees up all 16 banks of my HSGPL card in my SNUG TI-99/4P and in the MAME emulator as well, for TIB+ software apps.  Of course, my true hobby desire is to get back to X4th99 development, which is totally 1 MB SAMS dependent, right down to the very core!  So also very dependent on the HFDC hard disk and floppy diskette support, by design!  Just call me RETRO Bill.

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Since 1983 programming with TI99/4A 

Started GPL in 1987 and RXB in 1989 to today...

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in reality I use my TI-99+PEB just to show off and test what I wrote for it works on real iron. probably only fire it up a few times a year since I don't have a dedicated place for it and that durn PEB is so frik'n heavy to move.

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