DG was a pretty good picture of what the minicomputer era looked like. (Ask people now what a 'mini' is and they'll think you're talking about a laptop with a 10" screen)
i have several others like that.. i just have to find them lol
Remember the folks who bought the rights to the Commodore branding and planned to release a "system in a keyboard" but with a modern x86 computer inside it?
Well, that's still in the pipeline... http://www.commodoreusa.net/CUSA_Phoenix.aspx
BUT ... the REALLY cool product is going to be this one:
They're putting a dual-core Intel processor, an Nvidia video chipset, DVD drive, 2 GB memory, etc. etc. into the ORIGINAL COMMODORE 64 CASE, with only small modifications to handle the various external connectivity options.
This is awesome. I want three of them.
I believe that's true, the VIC-20 and C-64 had the same form factor, if not the same guts.
I remember cutting a trace on a 2600 joustick and shoving pins in the keyboard ribbon strip connector to a 9 pin connector glued on to the back of the TS-1000 to be able to have the joystick do the arrow keys used in many games. And the reason I remember is that I came across that bit of history the other day while rummaging through a bit of old junk. Ah, memories.
I had the adapter box that allowed a pair of Atari 2600 joysticks (I had the aftermarket "Pointmaster" joysticks) to plug into my TI-99/4A.
If I had a time machine I would go back in time and make an Apple II keyboard connector wedge for that very idea and make a zillion. What a simple idea, that joystick thing. I wonder why no one did it...
doesnt matter. :)
Right. It was just to replace pushing arrow keys for movement (think A Z - up down and < > for left right) in terms of Apple II times.