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[#] Sun May 21 2017 11:35:31 EDT from alex222 @ Uncensored

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I have a Tandy coco that won't boot. It just shows garbage on the screen. I think it's the rom but I don't know. Can someone tell me what it is?



[#] Mon May 22 2017 13:25:36 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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No, but here is a link to the service manual:

http://www.colorcomputerarchive.com/coco/Documents/Manuals/Hardware/Color%20Computer%202%20NTSC%20Service%20Manual%20%2826-3134%20%26%2026-3136%29%20%28Tandy%29.pdf

Another guy says to re-seat the G.I.M.E. chip and gives some other possible fixes here:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Repairing-A-Defective-TRS-80-CoCo-3-Color-Computer-EASY-/10000000002136630/g.html

Sun May 21 2017 11:35:31 AM EDT from alex222 @ Uncensored

I have a Tandy coco that won't boot. It just shows garbage on the screen. I think it's the rom but I don't know. Can someone tell me what it is?



 



[#] Sun Jun 04 2017 13:10:58 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Just what everyone needs to get their old systems some internet access....



http://biosrhythm.com/?page_id=1453

[#] Sun Jun 04 2017 14:36:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So it's basically a one port terminal server. :) Nicely done. But in the tradition of retro mods, it isn't complete until it's placed inside an adorable little model of a Hayes Smartmodem case, similar to the way people put their Commodore 64 SD-card drives into cases that look like tiny 1541's.

[#] Wed Jul 19 2017 14:06:49 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/17/radiohead_hides_zx_spectrum_app_in_ok _computer_rerelease/

[#] Mon Aug 21 2017 18:37:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I guess there are enough Sinclair emulators out there to make the program usable by anyone with the inclination to do so.

[#] Fri Dec 01 2017 01:06:21 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4PRiQq5VZs

Zeddyfox!  Looks cool.  Might need to get the old TS-1000 working again.

 



[#] Fri Dec 22 2017 23:47:13 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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This probably does not go here, but thought I might share it:

http://sshtron.zachlatta.com/

Tron via ssh :-)

I know we lost doors, but thought it might give some folks a sense of nostalgia.  Not from the - "oh this is immediately cool" factor, but more from the - "Oh, crap... nobody else is here and I have to invite someone via some other means to play" factor.

 Not saying the second way of looking at things is bad.  In fact I feel it is good as it does not come from (at least at first) from an - "I want to exploit you for data and money" - angle.  It would seem to come from a - "I built something that I think would be fun" - angle.  Something that would suggest altruism (kinda like the good folks here at Uncensored).



[#] Fri Jan 05 2018 08:41:04 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hm... I wonder if there's a community of Citadelians who might take interest in creating door applications for terminal amusement.

[#] Mon Jan 08 2018 17:29:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Zeddyfox!  Looks cool.  Might need to get the old TS-1000 working again.

A lot of this retro stuff makes me want to find an old Sinclair just to experience it once.  My "really bad computer" from that era was a TI-99/4A so it's probably just as awful.

I guess most of it is just nostalgia.  I don't miss my TI or feel nostalgic about it.  I do feel that way about my S-100 CP/M system, but since that type of system was usually experienced through a terminal it's easily reproduced.



[#] Thu Jan 11 2018 08:23:51 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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If I were a serious instructor of software engineering, I would embrace these old machines (perhaps via emulator) and use them for instruction.

Because I think they're second to nothing else out there for learning how to do this stuff well.

[#] Thu Jan 11 2018 15:23:23 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Fri Jan 05 2018 08:41:04 AM EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

Hm... I wonder if there's a community of Citadelians who might take interest in creating door applications for terminal amusement.

Hope that comes with good life insurance...



[#] Mon Mar 19 2018 22:35:32 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Mon Jan 08 2018 05:29:58 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

 A lot of this retro stuff makes me want to find an old Sinclair just to experience it once.  My "really bad computer" from that era was a TI-99/4A so it's probably just as awful.

I guess most of it is just nostalgia.  I don't miss my TI or feel nostalgic about it.  I do feel that way about my S-100 CP/M system, but since that type of system was usually experienced through a terminal it's easily reproduced.



I owned both.  Actually liked running the 99 better (real keyboard, sound, sprites), but there was something about a sub $50 computer that just had to be experienced.

If you run the android favor of phone, you can get ZedEx and get a good feel for it (pretty realistic - apart from waiting 6 minutes to load a 16Kb program from tape), and experiencing the ram pack wobble.  Even the membrane super loaded up (multiple keyword per button) keyboard is available for your torture.



[#] Mon Apr 23 2018 10:03:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I owned both.  Actually liked running the 99 better (real keyboard,
sound, sprites), but there was something about a sub $50 computer
that just had to be experienced.

I moved to the '99 from a big clunky S-100 machine running CP/M. Sometimes I went back to the S-100 because the '99 just wasn't robust enough. Later I got a Commodore 64 which carried all of my computing needs for years.

Sinclair looks interesting now but at the time I just sort of wrote it off because in my mind I had a "real computer". Some might not be aware that it earned a reputation as a "doorstop" not simply because they looked like doorstops -- at one time, Commodore ran a promotion where they gave a $100 credit towards the purchase of a Commodore 64 if you sent them any old computer; they ended up with a warehouse full of Sinclairs, and they really did end up using them around the office as doorstops.

Nowadays all of our computers are powerful and robust ... and we miss "real" computers. :(

[#] Tue Apr 24 2018 11:07:45 EDT from pandora @ Uncensored

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Not quite ANCIENT, but I am having trouble parting with my grape iMac. My older daughter had actually convinced me to get rid of it until I realized there were pictures on it I might not want getting out if somebody booted it up. Artistic pictures, not a huge deal, except that my resume is also on the hard drive. Now I have to remember how to open the darn thing up.

[#] Wed Apr 25 2018 17:02:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Trivia bit of the day:

Most oldsters remember "dBase-II" from Ashton-Tate.

There was never a dBase-I; the "II" bit was made up by George Tate to give the name some additional gravitas. Some people know that. What fewer know is that there was never anyone named "Ashton" -- that was also made up by George Tate to give the company name some additional gravitas.

Gosh I miss my S-100.

[#] Thu Apr 26 2018 10:02:33 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I did quite a bit of work with dBase many years ago. Thanks for the blast from the past.

[#] Thu Apr 26 2018 15:49:22 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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So, you're saying that dBase-II was the Galaxy Quest of database platforms?
;)

[#] Thu Apr 26 2018 17:04:26 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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25 years ago.> Pretty much.

[#] Thu Apr 26 2018 18:42:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The Z-80 CPUs, the 8 inch floppies, the big clunky serial terminals, the joy of CP/M ... man, that was *living*.

Then again ... so was watching Galaxy Quest.

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