[Coco] Coco <bio>
rayanddoraleew at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 14 19:54:00 EDT 2003
john donaldson wrote:
> etc., etc.
> So far I have notice the oldes is 59 and youngest is 29,
> quite a span.
Let's up the ante a bit, John. I will be 68 on 2 Jan and am a retired
EE in underwater acoustics. Got my first 16k CoCo2 in 1984, took it
back to the Shack under warrenty after a line transient wiped out the
salt chip, and it returned a 64k CoCo2 at no cost. Added an MPI, 2 SS
drives and a Disto 512k RAMpak.
Sprung for a CoCo3, CM8 and a couple of DS drives in 1989, but did not
fire up OS9 L2 till late 1990. Already had a Level1 v2 running on the
CoCo2 system. Attended 2 Jersey RainbowFests during this period. Never
really got involved in the CoCo community during this period since child
support and college costs, house maintenance, and a singles lifestyle
ate up most of my time and money.
By the time I was ready to invest a little of myself into the CoCo, the
world had passed me by. Biggest problem was obtaing a HD and interface.
This led to my only brush with "immortality" ... the Grizzly CoCo. I
had been using 80 track drives extensively (my greatest sense of power
was formatting one for the first time) and had bought a 65W power supply
for $5 that tucked into the space left by the transformer and the
regulator heat sink. So I mounted a stack of 3 NEC 3.5" drives and
built an extended back plane. Then I made an extended keyboard with a
reset button, shift-lock button and power light. Packed everything into
the CoCo chassis and built a new cover out of sheet polystyrene. Under
OS9, I used /d0 as the boot disk and system maintenance. /d1 was used
for the apps such as Office, Prog, Games, etc. /d2 was used for data or
source storage. The interface was written using WMenu from Alpha's
ToolsII. When I selected /d1 on the menu, it became the data dir, its
CMDS became the x dir and it became the /dd. A menu also popped up
offering the choices on that disk. This gave me a slow, crude 2.16mb
Since its origins, an AT keyboard, a Disto 3-1 board, 2mb RAM, and a
SCSI interface which drives an internal 216mb HD and an external 100mb
ZIP drive have been added. I also have 2 other CoCo3 systems running.
One of them still has a pair of ancient SG-225's. I had to write a
power-down command to park them and set /d0 on 0. If an 80 track drive
chatters, its 50% that the boot will fail.
Whew! Better quit. Cheers, Ray Watts
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