[Coco] Novel Commercial Uses of the Coco
jlhickle at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 30 22:30:25 EDT 2011
I have a coco3 in an industrial case with spill proof keyboard and matching blue Sony rgb/composite monitor. Label says "Telepoll". Floppy and controller are inside case. Entire case bottom is a PC board with power supply, extra PIA chips. It has plug in cards which "look something like" network cards. I don't know what they do. It didn't come with software. The person who sold it to me didn't know what it did either.
--- On Fri, 9/30/11, Steve Ostrom <smostrom7 at comcast.net> wrote:
From: Steve Ostrom <smostrom7 at comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [Coco] Novel Commercial Uses of the Coco
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, 5:52 PM
Today I received a box containing a Coco3 relabeled as a Thermopatch Label Writer 401. It came with a RomPack labeled the same, and a cable, which probably connected the computer to an actual label maker of some sort. The RomPack shows a 1987 copyright by Thermopatch, but no other citations as for author, etc. The RomPack uses gold plated connectors, and is a snug fit into the RomPack slot.
This unit is really cool to an all-things-Coco collector like me, but I was wondering how many different non-Coco commercial uses were made of the Coco? I can think of two others - the VideoTex unit and the blue Agrivision unit both made from a Coco1, sort of. Have there been quite a few others? I wonder how much of a market was there for the Thermopatch Label Writer, and who actually wrote the software and burned it into a RomPack.
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