[Coladam] We're #3!

Joe Blenkle jblenkle at sacnews.net
Tue Mar 20 19:06:30 EDT 2007

I had a TI-994A at one time. It may have been my first computer as I waited
for ADAM to come out. That was a long time ago!!! It (in my opinion) was the
most worthless piece of junk I ever owned. It required too many extras or
you couldn't do anything with it and as I recall everything was fairly

I quickly ditched it in favor of an Atari 400 and then I think I finally got
my ADAM and eventually moved up to an Atari 800xl, as well. My ADAM and
Atari are still my favorites.

At least the ADAM wasn't rated the worst computer on that list. It generated
so much negativity among some people that it wouldn't be surprising to see
it rated even lower.

I disagree, of course, despite some drawbacks I certainly favor the ADAM
over some of those machines that were rated higher.

Joe Blenkle
jblenkle at sacnews.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rich Drushel" <rfd at cwru.edu>
To: "Adam Coleco" <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] We're #3!

> On Tue, 20 Mar 2007, oltmansg at bellsouth.net wrote:
> > It's amazing how many of the anecdotal evidence (much of it unfair) for
> > how "bad" the ADAM was has perpetuated itself for so long. You hear the
> > same old reasons every time.
> There are actually much worse reasons that would justify putting
> the ADAM this high (or low), many technical (and business ethical) in
> nature.  The "PC Week" people just didn't dig very far...or now have such
> a dweebie non-tech audience that they didn't want to risk talking over
> heads.
> Same thing for the TI-99/4A:  the reasons given are nothing compared
> to the real hassles of using (or developing for) that system.  But they
> mentioned none of these.
> In 5 minutes, off the top of my head, I could write much more
> damning stuff about the ADAM or the TI-99/4A...details if anyone is
> interested.
> I own both of them, and I maintain that there is a great computer
> in the ADAM, lots of power, flexibility...I believe that the "shipped dead
> in the box" plus buggy software was the killer of the ADAM.  They needed
> another 6-8 months...but Coleco execs would have gone to jail if they
> didn't ship at Christmas 1983, after what they did to get the stock prices
> up.  I think Neil Wick covered this very well 2 ADAMcons ago.
> *Rich*
> --
> Richard F. Drushel, Ph.D.            | "They fell:  for Heaven to them no
> Instructor and Executive Officer     |  imparts / Who hear not for the
> Department of Biology, CWRU          |  of their hearts."
> Cleveland, Ohio  44106-7080  U.S.A.  |         -- Edgar Allan Poe,
> _______________________________________________
> Coladam mailing list
> Coladam at adamcon.org
> http://adamcon.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/coladam

More information about the Coladam mailing list