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my ugly geek secret

Sunday, June 10, 2007



  • Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2
  • 1983
  • Motorola 6809E, 0.89 MHz
  • 64 KB
  • 256 x 192, 2 colour
  • none
  • none
Operating Systems
  • none
  • Digital-to-analog converter
The big religious war when I was in highschool was Apple II versus TRS-80. I would always give my friend Aaron a hard time about his TRS-80 CoCo (Colour Computer). The heart of this supposedly intellectual debate was that the Apple II used a 6502 processor, a knock off of the superior (in my opinion) Motorola 6809. The Trash-80s, in contrast, had to suffer with the ugly (in my opinion) Z-80 processor.

Only years later did I find out that while some TRS-80s used the Z-80 processor, the CoCos actually used a 6809. If I had only known this, all those years ago... I would have found some other pointless rationalization for why the Apple II was still superior.

One thing I secretly admired about Aaron's CoCo, though, was the speech synthesizer program. When he told it to say a particular number — "forty-six" or something — it would sound like it was saying "bloody pig." That was cool.

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