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About Coleco ADAM

I’m Justin M. Salvato, a fan and collector of vintage computers. This blog is dedicated to the very first computer I have ever owned: The Coleco ADAM. It is also my favorite. The goal of the blog is to provide information about the ADAM as well as the software and hardware that were created for this vintage computer system.

Ma and Pa Caponi still enjoy playing Frenzy!


I am always surfing the world wide web for anything having to do with the Coleco ADAM computer.  Not long ago I came across an interesting video of an older couple playing Frenzy (the sequel to Berzerk) on an ADAM … Continue reading

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What is this & who is Mr. Dolan?? The answer. Maybe.


On May 1st, I got an itch to play with SmartBASIC on my ADAM and found that the digital data pack was… altered.  As I explain last month, the DDP didn’t launch SmartBASIC.  It launched a custom-made program that required … Continue reading

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Coleco presents the ADAM Computer System – video from 1983


I was surprised to find that the ComputerHistory account on YouTube has recently uploaded a video of Coleco presenting a finalized version of the ADAM to the public.  This is great.  There’s lots of demonstrations.  Heck, just watch the video! … Continue reading

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What is this & who is Mr. Dolan??


So I decided to fire up the ADAM today and check out SmartBASIC.  After throwing in the digital data pack and pulling the reset key, I was presented with this screen: I have multiple SmartBASIC cassettes which explains why I … Continue reading

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Was the Coleco ADAM really expensive at first?


Listening to vintage computing podcasts when the Coleco ADAM computer is brought up, you would have thought the ADAM was ridiculously expensive when it came out.  That just doesn’t make sense to me, because when I look at the ADAM … Continue reading

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SmartBASIC graphics program: Sparkle


There was a time when screensavers were a must on computers.  That time was pretty much the 1990s and early 2000s.  Some screensavers were simply random images that would be generated through code and go on until infinity or at … Continue reading

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Coleco ADAM video podcast. That’s right: Video!


Back in 2011, The Retroist did a podcast about the Coleco ADAM computer.  That podcast, as well as all the others, are in audio format.  Being a Coleco ADAM fan and content provider for The Retroist website, I decided to … Continue reading

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