Why is the Coleco Adam so xxxx popular?

From: Mike Ford <mikeford_at_socal.rr.com>
Date: Wed Sep 15 03:39:28 1999

>well, supposedly there were various applications for it, so you could process
>words or do the ubiquitous home budgeting. it had a built-in printer which
>was handy and the built-in basic was very similar to applesoft. only thing
>you had to remember is not to leave a data tape in the drive when turning it
>on or the tape's info will be destroyed.

This was around the time of the Franklin and Laser Apple II clones, if I
remember correctly, and one of my friends contracted to do the OS for
Coleco and had it pretty much finished when the legal types canned it. He
had way too much experience with Apple DOS, and the legal trick at the time
was to reverse engineer the DOS with a software team that had no direct
exposure to the original using just the public information on calls etc.
That and other cost cutting, budget busting, things killed it.
Received on Wed Sep 15 1999 - 03:39:28 BST

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