pieces of metal and plastic

From: DAVID L. ORMAND <dlormand_at_aztec.asu.edu>
Date: Thu Jun 26 18:03:51 1997

>And it was more than just the machine itself, but the culture that
>spawned around it. The culture I am referring to mainly is the BBS
>culture with all its lingo, the pirate groups who banded together and
>cracked software, the holy wars with other computers.

>The history behind the machine is what I am most interested in. What
>company built it, what year it came out, what technology it used (its
>processor, RAM, etc), what its predecessor and successor were, etc. I
>like to know each machines historical perspective.

Part of the thrill I have of being a TI junkie is BEING part of that
history! The interesting part of the 99/4A is not so much the level
of technology involved (although it IS there, relative to other home
computers of the period) as the legend of how TI could make a market
run with it, strain every nerve in true TI tradition, and then
dramatically dump it when the effort finally proves to be too much.
And now, I am part of the history of the TI-99/4A too, by perversely
supporting it in preference to other (e.g. modern, more capable)

* David Ormand           *** Southwest 99ers *
* dlormand_at_aztec.asu.edu *** Tucson, Arizona *
**************************** TMS9900 Lives!  *
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