By Boisy G Pitre
CoCo: the colourful background of Tandy's Underdog Computer is the 1st ebook to record the whole heritage of the Tandy colour computing device (CoCo), a well-liked 8-bit computer sequence from the Eighties that competed opposed to the era's largest names, together with the Apple II, IBM computer, and Commodore sixty four. The e-book takes you contained in the fascinating tales and other people in the back of this distinct, underdog computer.
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Commodore, in a situation that would serve it well for many years to come, now controlled most of its own manufacturing and supply services, so it was able to provide relatively high-power systems at a lower cost than possible for most of their competitors. In addition, a version of the popular BASIC language from Microsoft, redubbed COMMODORE BASIC, was purchased for a one-time fee and licensed in such a way that it could be extended and reused without restriction in future Commodore machines with the same processor type, even within those from a different product line, such as the VIC-20, Commodore 64, and Plus/4.
Colorful Computing 37 maximum resolution of 256 × 192, though most software was limited to four colors: black, blue, red, and buff, and a resolution of 128 × 192. Text display was similarly limited to only uppercase characters, though this was a fairly common restriction for the time. 7). Alternatives were available, from software that used the more resource-intensive technique of using graphics to simulate upper- and lowercase character sets, like Nelson Software Systems’ Super “Color” Writer II (1983) word processor, to internal hardware add-ons and modifications, like the MSB Electronics lowercase board.
It was a given that Tandy was also a high priority for Katz’s group because of the tremendous reach the thousands of Radio Shack stores provided for their semiconductors. It was no surprise then when Motorola produced a successful proposal in April 1979 for what would become the Color Computer. 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.