[Coco] [Color Computer] Disto

gene heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Tue Nov 1 22:34:11 EDT 2011

On Tuesday, November 01, 2011 10:31:10 PM jdaggett at gate.net did opine:

> On 27 Oct 2011 at 14:31, gene heskett wrote:
> >  do have this 4n1 version, but its quite less than functional, having
> > 
> > died
> > for all practical purposes when the FCC passed the home computer
> > radiated noise rules about 20 years back up the log.  This made the
> > printer makers put some filtering on the parport input jacks of the
> > printers, and that slowed the signals enough that the no-handshake
> > port on the disto wasn't able to get good data through to the
> > printer.
> Closer to 30 yrs ago now. If my memory serves me correcr we can thank
> the Tandy Model I for much of those rulings and changes to Part 15 of
> the CFR. The Tandy Model I radiated like an old spark gap transmitter
> back in the 1920's.
> james

Yes, and I recall going over to a neighbors place, leaving my old grey 
ghost coco running into a 9" tv, and getting a usable picture on channel 3 
a good 200' away on his rabbit ears.  Ooops.
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