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Hello All!

Postby sbatson » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:34 pm

Hello Everyone,

Per Steve's request, I'm posting my intro here. Many here may know me from the Facebook Page or the CoCo Mailing List. In case you don't, here's my short Into.

Got my start in Computers on the CoCo 1 many years ago. Hacked the heck out of it with various upgrades found in Magazines. Loved doing the Hardware hacks, learned how to program in Basic, did a very small amount of Assembly, but nothing fantastic and I don't recall much of it. I sold off my CoCo 1 accept for my Books and disks at one point to buy a computer upgrade. Then later on, I bought a used CoCo 3, some CoCo 2s and have obtained a CoCo 1. I also have an MC-10.

If there's enough activity here, I'm certainly interested participating as I've always preferred Forums to Facebook, Blogs and other Social Media sites.

I welcome any questions from Steve or others on here.

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Re: Hello All!

Postby ogsteviestrow » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:34 pm

Welcome to the forum Steve, glad to have you.
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Re: Hello All!

Postby frozenbeefpie » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:45 pm

Hello folks, my name is Luc Dion, this is also my name on FB's TRS-80 / Color Computer (CoCo) page.

The CoCo1 was the 1st computer I bought in 1980, on which I learned BASIC and 6809 Assembler. In these days my friend Gilbert and I were discovering the world of home computing: he was so excited that he decided to go to school to study languages such as Lisp, Fortran, Cobol etc. On my side, I was so excited that I decided to study electronics and emerging microprocessor technology. I ended up self-learning 6809 CoCo assembly, 6502-6510 Vic-20/ Commodore 64 assembly, Motorola's 6800 family of micro-controllers, etc. Back in these days, Gilbert and I were dreaming of creating our own games and pieces of hardware for the CoCo: I cracked Dungeons of Daggorath (copied the ROM and made it executable in RAM), overclocked the Coco1, experimented voice synth, built hardware interfaces, experimented high speed 4-tracks tape cassette data machine (couldn't afford floppy and hard drives !). I also experimented with a Tandy MC-10, etc. Lots of cool stuff to play with back in the '80s !!!

Unfortunately a few years later, my friend Gilbert died in a car accident: I lost my best friend and my CoCo project buddy. From this moment a big chunk of CoCo interest went down the drain. As life went on, I left aside the CoCo for the Amiga, then dropped the Amiga to go to a PC clone. In 1993 I created my 1st Hotmail account and was searching for a profile name. I had no idea so I opened up the fridge and found a box of frozen beef pie. Here ya go ! Easy to remember and the name is available ! frozenbeefpie is about to celebrate its 25 th anniversary ! That explains my name on this forum ;)

Enough nostalgia, now that I found this CoCo community, I feel like my friend Gilbert is back alive with me ! All I have to do now is to find some spare time to get more involved in here and to finalize projects I put away in the '80s.

Thanks for everything guys, I really enjoy all the stuff I read here and being part of this community is great !!! Cheers !
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Re: Hello All!

Postby ogsteviestrow » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:07 pm

Hello Frozen Beef Pie, welcome to the forum, very glad to have you, there is no time like right now to pick up a project, and I'm sure there are plenty of people here, on Facebook and the mailing list to help you out.
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Re: Hello All!

Postby Brendan » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:44 pm

Hello, everyone, my name is Brendan Donahe, and I'm a CoCoholic....

Kidding aside, I started with an Apple ][+ when I was 8. A few years later, I talked Dad into a CoCo 2 that could stay in my room. Dad made sure it was a 64k ECB version, and I'm glad he did. I pored over the awesome included BASIC programming books and later the EDTASM and William Barden's Assembly Language Programming books. I did a few silly hardware hacks to my CoCo and connected it to my 200-in-1 electronics kit via the joystick ports, among other things. I still have my original CoCo 2 and ~40 other different working systems (Tandy and other) from the 80s and 90s along with ~15 different gaming consoles. I'm known among some of my friends as "the kid whose Mom DIDN'T throw away his comic book collection".

I never really stopped playing with any of these systems - it's just difficult to have all of them set up at any given time. About 6 years ago I started on the CoCoVGA project (http://www.cocovga.com) with my good friend, Steve, who also had a 64k ECB CoCo 1 back in our middle-school days. Thanks to the magic of Zippster, a small number of these boards have been installed in others' CoCo 2s starting a few weeks ago.

I feel that there's never been a better time to "be retro", given the available info online, podcasts, online chat sessions, and festivals. Thanks, Steve Strowbridge, all of the CoCoCrew, and folks designing hardware and software and providing their expertise for free (or at least at a drastically reduced cost compared to the amount of time and effort expended).
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Re: Hello All!

Postby sbatson » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:39 pm

Hi Luc,

Sorry to hear about your friend. I do understand what you mean about this community though. Lots of friends that may never meet in person but we all have similar passions! The CoCo is Great for that.

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