Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

Working Daze

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  1. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 5 months ago

    First adopters usually get screwed but they are usually the
    people most able to afford a white elephant.
    This is also why you don’t buy a car in its first model year.

  2. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, 5 months ago

    I remember the Software for The TRS-80 Model 3 and the Radio Shack Color Computer that was “Marketed” like this.

    There was even a Customer Magazine every month with Bug Fixes and Patches to type in.

  3. Ron-Ar

    Ron-Ar said, 5 months ago

    @Leo Autodidact

    I still have my silver case Color Computer from the old days. It came with a whole 16K of memory that I upgraded to 64K with a set of memory chips, wire, and solder. Eventually I added a composite monitor interface, floppy drives, and a hard drive. I even wrote a couple of articles for the print version of Computer Shopper.

  4. terry928

    terry928 said, 5 months ago

    @Ron-Ar

    Bet the chicks loved you!!

  5. janinabarnes

    janinabarnes said, 5 months ago

    End users are cheaper than testers until they fill your site with negative reviews and no one else will buy the product. Unless, of course, you fix the bugs from the initial release and re-release under a different name.

  6. sbwertz

    sbwertz said, 5 months ago

    it’s called the bleeding edge of technology LOL

  7. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Almost every app in the market is in a constant state of being updated. Sometimes there are issues with a certain brand of smartphone or tablet, other times it’s something else. Sometimes an app is even improved.

  8. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, 5 months ago

    @Ron-Ar

    Ah, yes the “Co-Co” as we used to call the Color Computer. There was also the “Po-Co” for the Model 100 Portable Computer.

    The grey one had the “Chicklet” Keys as I recall, it wasn’t until the White-cased Color Computer 2 that they put a "Full-Travel Keyboard on it. THEN for some reason known only to John Roach (then CEO of Tandy) they went to the MC-10 and KILLED the whole idea if a usable TV-connected Home Computer.

    The Co-Co was able to be connected to the X-10 wireless controller system as well as REAL Dot-Matrix Printers as well as Daisy Wheels. Several small shops I worked with used it as their Store Computer “back in the day!”

  9. SMMAssociates

    SMMAssociates said, 5 months ago

    Leo:

    I had a TRS80-3 and -4. How well I remember…. Some of the Model 3’s object code would run on the Model 4, but often it had to be patched. This was usually easy. The M3’s Assembler would run on an M4 with only a couple of patches, and the user source code could be diddled to deal with the larger M4 screen.

    (The M4 Assembler was a great product – within the limits of vastly different library modules and object code, the overall function was very close to what IBM released with their System/3 and System/34. Great training aid.)

    However, back to topic, an uncle of my wife’s was running a lumber yard using RS’ packaged accounting and order-handling software on a M3, with the $5,000 external HD.

    Ran like a bandit until Tandy released an OS upgrade that killed the whole thing. It took me about three hours to fix the mess…. Prior to the upgrade, the Basic would allow you to open and close individual files as necessary – all kinds of good reasons to do that. After the upgrade, if you closed ONE file, they would ALL close. The fix was in finding out what other files were open (active), and where the program was working in those files. Then open them back up and reset the pointers.

    I told the uncle to bill ’em for $300 or so, but he declined. I got Thanksgiving Dinner out of the deal, but would have gotten that anyway…. Oh well….

    (I’ve got a couple of M100’s here, too. Expensive toys, but I knew a tech writer who got some serious mileage out of one as a portable WP.)

  10. R French

    R French said, 5 months ago

    @SMMAssociates

    I still have 2 modified Model 4’s(the 4P was donated to a local computer repair shop’s Internet Cafe) w/128K plus MegaMem boards, 720K 3.5 in drives and upgraded pwr supplys. I also have the outboard dual drives(drives replaced with 720K units) plus the 20 Meg HD. One is used for simple word processing, the other for inventory, etc. in my shop. Running LS-DOS 6.3.1. TRS-80 Model 4 forever!

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