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21 Apr 2021, 6:47 pm

I had a 1980 to 1983 years TRS-80 Color Computer (LINK) - The disk-drive was a modified tape cassette recorder.
LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_Co ... %80%931983)



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22 Apr 2021, 9:44 am

I remember the CoCo. My first computer was a TRS-80 and I wrote my first BASIC program on it. Never got a CoCo - got a Apple IIe next. TRS-80 and Apple both had tape drives. I copied a bunch of assembly code from a magazine and managed to get a "talking computer" with my Apple IIe - 6502 CPU. The CPU was so slow that actively sampling the incoming tape signal in 1 bit was still a bit noisy. I discovered that if I sampled my sister's voice (a bit higher than mine) and played it back at a slower bit rate it sounded more like my voice than sampling my own voice. "Good Morning, Professor. Would you like to play a game?"


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23 Apr 2021, 6:02 pm

Franklin PC 8000 - late 1980s - IBM Clone. Remember 'Quick Basic' software?
https://blog.notartyoms-box.net/franklin-pc-8000/



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04 May 2021, 5:09 am

I've got a couple of old Thinkpads. I'd love to collect gaming computers from the 80s and 90s but I don't have the cash.


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04 May 2021, 9:00 pm

RetroGamer87 wrote:
I'd love to collect gaming computers from the 80s and 90s but I don't have the cash.

You can get them for really cheap if you know where to look, or if you're just plain lucky.
Most people think those things are just old junk. Half of the reason a lot of it is so expensive is because people are trying to keep vintage electronics out of the hands of gold scrappers. The other half is just because of ridiculous shipping prices.
If you don't mind having a computer without a case, you can buy the motherboard + parts online for decent prices.
I got lucky and found a really nice 486 tower at a thrift store for $10. I came back the next week and they had a Pentium for $5.
Got my Apple II from a thrift store for $25.
Got another computer from work that they were going to throw out. It's not that vintage (1999), but it's a really nice system for that era.


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