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    The Texas Instruments TI994A Home Computer? We have one of these that still works. We have it connected to a TV set. The cartridges that we have are mostly games, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Miss Pac-Man etc. To get the thing to make voices, we had to have a speech synthesizer attached to the side. We also have numerous books purchased from Radio Shack and some book stores that had programs that one could type in using basic. To back these up, we used a tape recorder. I think it had 16K memory but once the thing was turned off, all programs were lost. We never had enough money to buy the disk drive or anything else for it. There was a company "Triton Products Company" that sold all kind of programs for this as well as accesorys after TI pulled the computer from the market due to poor sales and other things. I believe we even had one game that was made by Microsoft, I remember seeing their name on the title screen.

    This was for sale in the early 80's ours was bought at a drug store called Skaags and was $149. Bill Cosby did all the television advertising for this.
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    Im not sure if my friend had that TI, but he had a similar one which plugged into a tv. I remember there was some sort of programming language that could be used to make primitive programs.

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      I had the one that plugged into the tv as well....
      Played all the games (I had about 20+ of them)...

      Scary enough... that's how I learned BASIC...

      I used that I learned back in the 80s to annoy everyone in my computer science class in high school, when our professor decided to *teach* us how to program stuff in QBasic (and this was in '98). I taught everyone how to do really annoying stuff in basic... it was quite entertaining!

      lol

      *sigh*
      Good times...

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        That reminds me, I have an old Commadore 64 with disk drive and the cassette tape drive in my closet. I had a bunch of games for it that were awesome! I use to get it out and mess with it from time to time, but something in the keyboard broke and it won't come on anymore.

        lol, I've had that thing since I was 6 or 7 (I'm 22 years old today, lol)

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          I have an old old TRS-80 from like back in '78.

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            Originally posted by rockergrrl

            I used that I learned back in the 80s to annoy everyone in my computer science class in high school, when our professor decided to *teach* us how to program stuff in QBasic (and this was in '98). I taught everyone how to do really annoying stuff in basic... it was quite entertaining!

            lol

            *sigh*
            Good times...
            LOL early versions of Windows also included something so you could program and debug QBasic.

            Now where is my SewerMania game (Boss: Dave find the Bomb - Dave: Okay Boss!) LOL Yeah the things that were so entertaining and some of the graphics on these things were so primitive compared to now!
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