[Coco] The CoCo Crew Podcast -- Episode 35 is available!
deny.wilson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 20:20:08 EDT 2018
It's on my to do list. Sadly, I missed out on those cheap DE1's on ebay a
few months back.
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 5:17 PM, Dave Philipsen <dave at davebiz.com> wrote:
> On 4/17/2018 3:17 PM, Deny Wilson wrote:
>> As I've gotten older, I've become more and more interested in the more
>> "rare" or "weird" systems. After Tandy dropped the CoCo, I ended up buying
>> a homebrew PC XT with a monochrome monitor. Man, that thing felt like a
>> step backwards compared to the CoCo, and I only had a CoCo 2 64K non-ECB
>> system at the time. So, I lusted after the Amigas, which was rare to me
>> my hometown, there was I think 1 person with an Amiga). I never ended up
>> getting one, unfortunately, and now, the one I want is priced into luxury
>> land for me. Since then, I've been interested in the Japanese systems (the
>> MSXs, the Sharp 68000, the FM Towns, etc), which are, for the most part,
>> also into luxury land. But I still read everything about them that I can
>> because 80's computers fascinate me.
>> I get what you're saying about the original systems, and I agree, it's the
>> original systems that get the most love and support. Homebrew software for
>> the CoCo is alive and well. Sometimes, though, I dream of a CoCo with 256
>> colors @ 320x255, hardware sprite support, and better sound, so I can
>> appreciate add-on boards for old computers. Heck, the ZX Spectrum Next is
>> thing that happened, so maybe someday, someone will build my ultimate CoCo
>> Next system.
> The CoCo3FPGA has 640x450 256-color graphics and 16-bit audio and it uses
> the stock CoCo ROMs. Why not give it a try?
>> On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 1:48 PM, Bill Loguidice <bill at armchairarcade.com>
>> Well, industries tend to consolidate, so it's not surprising that
>>> everything moved to something, with just a few small niche players
>>> remaining (like the Macintosh). It would have definitely been interesting
>>> to see "alternative" CoCo's post Tandy's stoppage of production, but they
>>> likely wouldn't have been sustainable businesses for very long anyway, so
>>> it's probably for the best.
>>> About the only relevant example I can think of of something like that
>>> reaching market was the 1987 Geneve add-on for the TI-99/4a (with PEB),
>>> which helped extend the life of that computer for true die-hards and had
>>> reasonable amount of homebrew-like software/conversions made for it. In
>>> big picture, though, I'm not really sure what it achieved, and I really
>>> don't know what kind of numbers it moved. I don't think much, because
>>> TI-99/4a's are still a dime a dozen, and even the PEB is reasonably easy
>>> get, every time a Geneve card very occasionally goes up for auction, it's
>>> fought over like it's something super rare. I would imagine just like in
>>> other orphan computer communities, most TI enthusiasts simply moved on
>>> after a few years. That may be for the best since I think for many of us
>>> it's the original versions of these computers that we were and are most
>>> passionate about, not off-shoots.
>>> And congrats on 3 years to the CoCo Crew podcast!
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>>> On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 3:36 PM, Deny Wilson <deny.wilson at gmail.com>
>>> Happy 3rd Birthday CoCo Crew Podcast!
>>>> It's amazing to think that it's already been 3 years. I wasn't a
>>>> from the start... I think I discovered it a year into the podcast, but I
>>>> have gone back and listened to all the episodes, and enjoyed them all.
>>>> On an unrelated (but sorta not, since it's mentioned in ep. 35), I'm
>>>> at how many machines came out of trying to continue the legacy of the
>>>> I remember Mark mentioning the Kix-30 a while ago, but I hadn't really
>>>> looked it up until today. It's really too bad that FHL couldn't make a
>>>> of it after Tandy dropped support of the CoCo. They had some very
>>>> interesting machines come out of the labs. I still curse the fact that
>>>> Microsoft and Intel basically destroyed all the interesting computers
>>>> the 80's.
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