|B. Weed - 2015-06-15 |
Aw, I don't see the infamous "chiclet" keyboard.
Yeah, the second-generation keyboard looks a hell of a lot better than any Mac keyboard I've used since the G4 at the latest.
The best analogy for these for someone who didn't grow up in this era of computing is to imagine being given a tablet and instead of an iPad or Galaxy or Surface (or even a Kindle), you are given a Leapfrog.
I had a PCjr, and I loved the hell out of it (I also had the 2nd gen keyboard, a ram expansion sidecar, and cartridge BASIC). Granted, 99% of what I did with it was write programs in BASIC, and it was great for that (a big step up from my Atari 400). I admit that it sucked for gaming, but that's what Atari and Nintendo were for. it might just be the nostalgia talking, but I've never really understood all the hate.
At this point, I'd rather have the Leapfrog. I used to be a big fan of the Galaxy line, but the latest generation is just wannabe iPhone garbage (sealed battery? Fuck you, Samsung!)
It's funny how this PCjr still works, after all these decades - while virtually every iOS and Galaxy device being built right now, will be bricked within two years.
PCjrs *sigh* they don't build 'em like that anymore.
The thing that's interesting about these to me is that the sound was really quite good for the time. I haven't gotten to play with one yet but I have the impression that it was on par with the Atari ST.
If I remember correctly, there were 3 sound channels that could be programmed to play at the same time through the speaker housed in the monitor. It was cumbersome, but the results sounded nice.
|fedex - 2015-06-15 |
shotgun blast to the screen by :42 for relentlessly cheerful beeping and booping
|Meerkat - 2015-06-15 |
One of the really stupid ideas they had was to attach the expansion modules to the side, so after you had like 2 or 3 the thing started to look like a massive pez dispenser.
What they SHOULD have done was let you build them up beside the monitor and then over top of the monitor and back down the other side.
Texas Instruments TI99-4a did that too, I think, and Atari ST definitely did. Commodore had the sense to put the plug for the expansion modules on the back.
It's too bad the TI99-4a didn't go anywhere, the rack system for peripherals was great, there are still people designing custom hardware for those things and using modern hard drives and stuff in them.
|chumbucket - 2015-06-16 |
I barely remember this model. But I did have a PS/1 get me through most of college, plus it actually could play Red Baron at a pretty good speed and graphics setting.
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