[Coco] Radio Shack looking back to their roots?

John Donaldson johnadonaldson at sbcglobal.net
Tue Nov 13 06:49:11 EST 2012

The new Chrome computer is only $250.00 By one and put a NitrOS9 emulator on it 
and teach him how to program.


From: Rob Rosenbrock <bester at adamswells.com>
To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Mon, November 12, 2012 11:05:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Coco] Radio Shack looking back to their roots?

> You know what would really throw me off the deep end? If they did a
> revival, even a limited one, similar to what the Ozzies (PING Mark
> McDougall) did with the MicroBee:
> http://www.microbeetechnology.com.au/premiumpluskit.htm
> BOISY! U haz Connections. What about you float that idea with your friends
> there? Have them test the waters, gauge interest?
> Juan

I would love to see something like that!

Kids today grow up without knowing the fun of creating something like
this. My nephew is growing up around Macintoshs, iPhones, and iPads. He
has seen his grandfather writing programs and developing a single chipper,
and he seems to be interested. I think even $400 would be worth the money
if he learns something. (But I'd prefer to spend less... ;) )

It wouldn't have to have a lot: It doesn't need internet access. No floppy
or discs, just an SD card. Heck, the first computer I actually toyed with
only had 8 LEDs for a display and some switches for input, and I had a lot
of fun with it. Maybe not as impressive as that iPad, but the fun is in
discovering what you can make it do. Maybe the display and keyboard are
something you add, and program in ML. The idea is to learn what a computer
actually is.

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