Discovered: Coleco Adam

So in Ontario Canada, we have a Recycling Program exactly where neighborhood businesses who support the program serve as a drop off point where you can discard your used electronics and have them transferred cost-free of charge to suitable recycling centers. Now at a regional shop, I was handy when THIS was brought in.

A Coleco Adam Property Computer Method.

For those who don’t realize why I got all twitchy and had to capture a gallery of pictures, this gem was in the wave of the earliest residence laptop or computer systems obtainable. The Adam was a pile of hardware that linked to your existing Colecovision Property Gaming Console making it a word processing super machine!

Even though it was far from getting as powerful as my iPhone is right now, back in 1983 it was a huge deal! I owned each a VIC-20 and an Atari 800, and learned to write applications in Fundamental, which was saved onto a tape drive making use of everyday audio cassettes (we were nevertheless listening to music on vinyl back then). Trying to compete with the dominance of the Commodore and Atari residence systems, the box had a brazen claim of a six month warrantee which DOUBLED these supplied by either of the other people.

But that wasn’t all this energy-up system had to supply. Unlike these days’s piecemeal collections of peripherals, Adam came with its own Daisy Wheel Printer. It bragged a total of 80k of RAM (cheating by these days’s requirements by adding in the console’s video card memory with the addon processor’s accompanying memory). It also boasted its constructed-in tape drive and had patented Data Packs that gloated over their ability to hold 250 pages of double spaced text!

And ease of use is a massive seller in a home laptop or computer, so this handy user guide (pictured beneath) was included with staggering production high quality inside. Coleco ultimately blamed these manuals which “did not provide the initial-time user sufficient help” alongside a lengthy list of technical errors that resulted in a lot of of the ADAMs becoming returned.

Interestingly enough, it was the utter failure of the Coleco Adam that tanked Coleco. Coleco manufactured and distributed one of the most well-liked toys of the 80s – The Cabbage Patch Little ones – but this didn’t save them from bankruptcy in 1988.

To this day there are Adam Enthusiasts that gather each year at AdamCon, held in different host cities. This year’s convention will be in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (the city so great they named it deux fois).

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