A few days ago I came across a photo that had me asking questions. Shortly after, James Notini contacted me. He sent some documentation which I’m sure fans of the ADAM computer will find interesting. The first is a Coleco Introduces ADAM Software Lines discussing the 170 software titles coming to the system. They include video games in this, but it’s clear that some programs never made it to the system.
Mr. Notini also included scans of a few pages of a brochure of the software included in “Home Information Management” which relates to my post about the photo and mysterious product. Some of the products discussed came to market and some of those had their product name changed.
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 a password.
I wanted to know what was on that DDP so I used SmartWriter to access the files. I eventually found the password after loading the files on SmartWriter. The password was related to Star Trek, guess Mr. Dolan is a fan. Former Coleco Software Engineer, Howard Eglowstein, thinks this is from a school, possibly Mr. Dolan is a teacher. Makes sense to me. Once I got in, here’s what I saw:
So I went through to each option and got the following:
This was a silly paragraph of text that really wasn’t even a game. It was about Star Trek though.
Althought “M-DRAW” is not an option but is a program on the DDP, I decided to record a video of what it is.
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 haven’t seen this before; I simply haven’t ever loaded this until now. Anyway, I type in “1234” and was presented with this:
Then I tried to see the contents using the GET option in SmartWriter. Here are the files on the tape.
Sadly, for whatever reason, when I tried to boot the tape by pulling reset, the tape wheels would spin but ultimately brough me back to SmartWriter.. I don’t know the reason. However, I can still access the program(s) by first loading SmartBASIC from another tape, then loading the “HELLO” program. More on this later. Oh and who is Mr. Dolan?
32 BASIC Programs for the Coleco ADAM by Tom Rugg & Phil Feldman
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 least until you touch the mouse or keyboard.
Some of Coleco ADAM’s users were using SmartBASIC to make elaborate animated art that could have been screensavers, though I’m sure they didn’t know that at the time. The book “32 BASIC Programs for the Coleco ADAM” had such a program. It will seem rather plain by today’s standards, but I was in awe when I typed this out and ran it on my ADAM back in the mid 1980s.
Check out the video to see for yourself.
Here is the program:
Not too long ago, a gentleman by the name of Virgil from my Facebook page, asked about a specific recipe from Coleco’s Recipe Filer. I decided to record the boot sequence and go through the main menu of installed recipes. This gave me an opportunity to discuss this program.
I’ve talked before how technology enthusiasts wanted to see computers throughout the entire home, kitchen included. A program like this would make sense if you had an ADAM computer in the kitchen, assuming you had a BIG kitchen for this system. You can save your recipes digitally and do without the recipe box. It was a step in the right direction, but realistically, not feasible. These days, with computers the size of notebooks, this idea works.
So here’s a video I made of Coleco’s Recipe Filer for the ADAM computer. Enjoy.