The TRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo), as seen in this 1982 ad, has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first old computers I obtained when I started collecting them thirteen years ago. A family friend heard about my new hobby and donated the machine to me, complete with a disk drive and some cartridges. I had lots of fun learning the machine's particular brand of BASIC (I still maintain that the BASIC manual for the TRS-80 CoCo 1 is one of the best computer manuals ever created).
I also had a blast playing with the CoCo's Audio Spectrum Analyzer cartridge, which lets you graphically view an audio frequency spectrum through input from the machine's cassette jack. It had a really neat kaleidescope mode that was a lot like "visualizers" on MP3 player software these days. I spent hours MUSHing (not on the CoCo, of course, but on a PC) while listening to classic rock on the radio, all while the kaleidescope effects from the music played out on a RGB monitor beside me. Good times.
Strangely enough, the distinctive chiclet keyboard on the CoCo 1 never bothered me at all — it is probably the most usable and comfortable chiclet keyboard out there. And knowing chiclet keyboards, that's saying a lot. All in all, the CoCo was a great little machine. Did anybody else out there have one?
Oh, and Merry Christmas!
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