[Coco] RE: [Color Computer] Re: Why USB would be nice.

Glen VanDenBiggelaar glenvdb at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 2 16:57:27 EDT 2005

I have to ask it. I have to say "will I be able to justify spending (lets 
say) $70 on a product I will use just to replace (at first) the keyboard and 
mouse. How will this benifate my CoCo? When I first read about the 
Superboard (For example) I asked the same question. Mark was ever patiant 
with my questions and pointed out all the pros and cons.For example: (using 
the superboard as a perfect example)
Q) do I need a real time clock? Yes- everytime i boot niros9 I have to set 
the time and date. This becomes a pain after a while.
Q) Do I need a Parallel port. Yes, I could get faster response from my 
printer than serial.
Q) Do I need 2 megs of ram? Probably not, but its always nice to have more.
Q) to I need to have a IDE/SCSI conection? Yes then I could hook up 
Q) Do I want ethernet/ lan? Yes- I could get e-mail and not worry about 
virus's etc.
Q) how much is all this worth? I think this thing breatha a whole new life 
into the coco.$500 does not seem out the the question, when you break it 
down. (if I were to buy everything seperately).
Any good sales person will try to explain "WHY" we need thier product, but 
the only 2 responses were non issues, because if you find real value in a 
product, you will pay what ever the asking price.

>John R. Hogerhuis wrote:
>>On Fri, 2005-09-02 at 08:31 -0600, Glen VanDenBiggelaar wrote:
>>>I am not trying to argue or fight ethier!
>>>I am not putting the "re-building" the CoCo down ethier, or even the USB, 
>>>I am just asking WHY!( It seems that most believe it to be the "holy 
>>>Grail" for the CoCo) People think I am argueing and being thick headed, 
>>>but that is not the case here. I want to understand.
>>>But everyone is saying WHAT we can do, and how much less it will cost. I 
>>>am just trying to figure out WHY (besides cost and when hardware becomes 
>>>imposible to replace).
>Please stop asking why. There is no why. Might as well ask why we are here. 
>Why do people climb Mount Everest? Maybe they think it will help them 
>pickup chics at parties!
>Holy grail? Don't get the impression that this is considered the holy grail 
>by anyone. As you point out MOST of the stuff that would be of any use to a 
>tre is already available in non-USB variants. Does not mean it should not 
>be done. I, myself, have an eliminator (HD floppy capable!). Probably the 
>best hard drive ever produced for the tre (ALL CHICS KNOW that real men use 
>ST-506 hard drives for their tres!). So, like you, I won't need the USB 
>thing either.
>>-	oddball devices like graphics pad (I think X-Pad is only 256x192, some
>>folks could use the higher resolution).
>It is a little known fact that the XPAD has ethernet hardware built in. 
>Just have to solder on the connector! Ha Ha Ha
>					kevin
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