I hate to start the New Year with a negative blog post, but… here goes.
I was scrounging around the world wide web looking for a new podcast to listen to. Of course, anything involving vintage computing will catch my attention. Then I came across a podcast about Atari computers. I downloaded all the episodes of the podcast to my phone and listened to the debut episode on my way to work. Just before the 8 minute mark, one of the hosts mentioned that a friend’s first computer was the Coleco ADAM. The other hosts chuckled. Then he proceeded to say, “..at least he got something but I don’t think that’s something I would admit to…”
Remarks like that get under my skin. Apparently, I have thin skin. Why does that bother me? Besides insulting something that I have fond memories of, you’re insulting me and every other owner for having purchased it. The vintage computing enthusiast world is a small one.. Why insult any of them? Antics like this will lose you listeners and in this case, they lost me.
It’s true that many of the Coleco ADAM computers were defective, but by the time they were on clearance, those issues were solved. It was a solid device with a decent word processing application built-in and was capable of doing anything an Atari computer can do.