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RS CoCo and Delphi online circa 1985

Remembering the old Color Computer days



8:17 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Howdy, I ran across someone who referred to "my CoCo is better than your Sinclair" in another thread, man did that bring back memories. I bought my first CoCo in 1985, with multi-port, tape drive, modem, printer, spent over $1400 altogether if I remember including springing for the 5" floppy drive later. (All worthless just a few years later.)

Then I went for I guess it was the CoCo3 at 128k. Had to learn extended basic for the CoCo's, for whatever that was worth today.

Best part though was the Delphi Network. An early Internet. We had email, forum boards, you could download programs etc. I remember the first time I saw an ATARI ST program I downloaded that made a ball bounce around the screen real smooth. Sure was amazed then. My modem was 1200 baud. Things took hours to download and counted against your network time. whewww.

One time I posted a message asking if anyone knew where I could connect to the network with a local number instead of long distance. I got a reply from a guy in Deadhorse, Alaska that gave me my local access number in Missouri. I have always remembered that. Information I could use from so far away!

Anyone have a CoCo back then or used to get on Delphi?


12:45 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Amazing, isn't it, that things STILL take hours to download even at the blazing modem speed of 24k? *sigh*


2:22 am on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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5:06 am on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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exactly! I had about 20 Rainbow mags too! I couldn't wait for each issue to come. I actually would type those programs in right out of the book, pages long! Thanks for those memories

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