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  1. Lightbulb Why no love for the Coleco ADAM?

    Been waiting for a podcast on the Coleco ADAM computer, but still nothing. I don't think it has being even brought up in passing. Any chance that's in the works?
    Otherwise, glad you're finally back.

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    Because everyone who puts their demo tape in before powering it on ends up with nothing to test? j/k
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    That is an amazing blog!

    Steps:

    1. Read the blog
    2. Do other accompanying research
    3. Record a podcast

    I'm pretty sure I have mentioned the ADAM before - but I can't swear to it. In any event, great suggestion and you may be certain it's on the list.

    - Earl
    We discuss retro computers of all shapes and sizes on the Retro Computing Roundtable (RCR) Podcast. Listen in at http://rcrpodcast.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retrobits View Post
    That is an amazing blog!

    Steps:

    1. Read the blog
    2. Do other accompanying research
    3. Record a podcast

    I'm pretty sure I have mentioned the ADAM before - but I can't swear to it. In any event, great suggestion and you may be certain it's on the list.

    - Earl
    Thanks Earl for the kind words! I would love to do a podcast, but.. it's rather personal as to why I don't. Ah, you never know, maybe I'll change my mind.

    Can't wait to hear the Retrobits podcast on the ADAM!

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    I never knew about the ADAM until about 4 years ago when I ran across one at a rummage sale for $25. I should have bought it, but I was in a hurry to get to work. When I got out and went to the sale... it was gone. I looked it up when I got home and found out all the info about it.

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    I always saw it as a glorified typewriter with a ColecoVision attached. I have never seen any real killer apps for it and the disk drives were always far too expensive to take seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    I always saw it as a glorified typewriter with a ColecoVision attached. I have never seen any real killer apps for it and the disk drives were always far too expensive to take seriously.
    Well, check out my blog and you'll see that the Coleco ADAM was not a "glorified typewriter" but a fully capable computer. Being able to play ColecoVision games is a plus =)

    http://colecoadam.wordpress.com

    The Coleco ADAM blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by retrobits View Post
    That is an amazing blog!

    Steps:

    1. Read the blog
    2. Do other accompanying research
    3. Record a podcast

    I'm pretty sure I have mentioned the ADAM before - but I can't swear to it. In any event, great suggestion and you may be certain it's on the list.

    - Earl
    New blog post, regarding educational software for the Coleco ADAM: http://colecoadam.wordpress.com/

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    Compared to the Atari 800 series and C64 the Adam just didnt have a software library. The printer on the ADAM (that had the power supply for the whole system so you couldn't ditch it) was a slow and couldn't do graphics.
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    No programming language in ROM in an era when that was the norm; proprietary magnetic tapes where the drives were more often than not broken from the factory making it impossible to even load BASIC for many users...

    ... and let's not forget the unregulated power supply in the printer that can send out a EMP destroying any magnetic media within a foot and a half of it; Said power supply should never have passed FCC inspection regs; and wouldn't have without the rather massive payoff they paid for it...

    Much less that you can't even turn the blasted thing on without the printer, since that idiotic unstable outdated power supply runs the entire machine. In terms of power regulation and supply design, the Adam makes classic 1970's S100 machines look good.

    Just who said "let's just use a massive transformer and simple rectifier for the power, and then put it into the printer?"

    Hell, buddy of mine actually commented during GoldenEye "Hey look, they put a Coleco Adam in orbit"
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