CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer by Boisy G Pitre

By Boisy G Pitre

CoCo: the colourful heritage of Tandy's Underdog Computer is the 1st booklet to rfile the total heritage of the Tandy colour machine (CoCo), a well-liked 8-bit workstation sequence from the Nineteen Eighties that competed opposed to the era's largest names, together with the Apple II, IBM laptop, and Commodore sixty four. The ebook takes you contained in the fascinating tales and other people in the back of this certain, underdog computer.

Both famous machine technological know-how and know-how advocates, authors Pitre and Loguidice show the tale of a pivotal interval in the house computing revolution from the point of view of Tandy's CoCo. As those desktops have been bought in Radio Shack shops through the usa and different nations, they supply a serious element of reference for key occasions within the exceptional evolutionary interval for the computer within the Nineteen Eighties. The ebook additionally beneficial properties first-hand bills from the folks who created and promoted the CoCo, from the unique Tandy executives and engineers to cutting-edge lively product creators and knowledge keepers.
The CoCo impacted many lives, and this booklet leaves no stone unturned in recounting this attention-grabbing slice of the computer revolution that remains in play this present day. From early telecommunications experiments to engineering and budgetary demanding situations, it covers all of the elements that made the CoCo a very own, invaluable computing adventure in as small and cheap a package deal as attainable.

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While VIDEOTEX was designed to access its own custom services, BBSs, and the few commercial online services of the day like The Source and Dow Jones without bias, it was Tandy’s exclusive two-year selling agreement* with CompuServe, which included Tandy-specific services, that was intended as its * Michael A. Banks, On the Way to the Web: The Secret History of the Internet and Its Founders (Berkeley, CA: Apress, 2008), 61. 26 CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer primary attraction.

Project Green Thumb was deemed a success in meeting its objective as a useful tool for farmers. It was also a successful partnership between Motorola and Tandy, forging a working relationship in solving complex engineering problems that would continue into the coming decade. The project had also demonstrated that telecommunications was not only the way of the future, but with the right equipment and technology, something that was workable even under the most extreme and unusual circumstances. 2 An article on the Green Thumb Box as it appeared in the Park City Daily News, October 2, 1978.

Steve Tainsky, who worked as a systems engineering manager at Motorola and reported to Katz, led the group that came up with the Color Computer reference design. Tainsky’s group did the architecture and logic design of the video display generator, synchronous address multiplexer, digital analog converter, and the supply and level translator chips. The silicon design for the chips was done by designers in product groups in Austin, Texas, and Mesa, Arizona. The peripheral interface adapter and microprocessor were already available, having been previously designed by a different Austin, Texas, internal group, led by Terry Ritter.

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