[Coladam] A difficult and simple question for adamites
rslopsema at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 19 15:25:34 CET 2010
> To the masses, the Coleco ADAM computer was, and still is, considered junk
> by those who had really BAD experiences with the first batch or two that
> hit the market. It is common knowledge that Coleco turned out a bunch of
> non operating - JUNK - when ADAM was first introduced; SIMPLY because
> they made a promise that they could NOT keep; and did not have an "ice
> cube's chance in hell" of working. Coleco promised computers by Christmas
> in August of that year, when they had NOT even developed it fully; and
> certainly had not tested the components. The first generations of buyers
> got that junk stuff and raised holy heck, along with telling ALL their
> friends that the ADAM was junk.
> To Coleco, it was a case of sell it, and then fix it for free when they
> knew how to make it work. Coleco was NOT the first, NOR the last to do
> business this way. Every computer company did (and still does?) the same
> Microsoft is still doing things this way........ i.e. Windows; pick your
> version and then tell me WHY it continually needs updating.
> By the time Coleco had the ADAM fixed and running correctly, after maybe 4
> revisions; the ADAM had a bad reputation. As a matter of fact, most of
> the early reviews for the ADAM, pointed out the good points of the ADAM as
> well as the affordability of the system. Coupled with the fact it was a
> complete system, it WAS a great value. BUT, the damage to it's reputation
> was already done. Add in the fact that Coleco decided to keep the
> programming tactics a secret from outside programmers; and you had a
> system that ......
> 1. did not have another source of software
> 2. didn't have a good intial reputation
> 3. produced by a company who did not want to keep losing money
> 4. was made a company who took the easy way out - STOP making the
> computer and supporting it (actually going out of business).
> IF Coleco had worried MORE about turning out a profitable, useful,
> dependable, and upgradeable computer system; we would be using the ADAM
> today; although in a totally different form than what we know as the ADAM
> computer !!! DOING the homework and development BEFORE bringing the
> ADAM computer product to market would have had better results.
> AS IS, the ADAM's we are using are 25 plus years old and are virtually
> indestructable. How often do you hear that someone's ADAM died. Granted,
> you have to hear it from an ADAM user (or ColecoVision user), but the
> durability of the ADAM can no longer be questioned. Many of today's
> programmers STARTED programming on the ADAM because it was a good hands on
> computer to learn on and graduate up from.
> Besides, it is easy to operate. AND ........... as some of us mature, we
> need EASY!! :-)
> SO, take THAT to the bank !!
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