An American perspective on the late great Sir Clive Sinclair, from Fast Company
John Many Jars
john at yoyodyne-propulsion.net
Wed Sep 29 10:47:22 CDT 2021
I had a TI 99/4 when I was a kid. It was my first computer (although I
used my friend's Apple ][ much more).
All I can say is, what a piece of garbage. It was horrible in every way,
and it overheated if you left it on too long. SLOWEST BASIC EVER!
On Wed, 29 Sept 2021 at 16:37, Liam Proven via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> On Mon, 27 Sept 2021 at 22:49, Fred Cisin via cctalk
> <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> > I think that it is truly tragic about the price gouging.
> Strongly agreed.
> The TI-99/4A wasn't a great computer, with foolish design compromises,
> but it was driven out of the market by unfair pricing.
> The Amiga was a superior machine in almost every way to the Atari ST,
> and should have been a bit more expensive -- I'm sure it was to
> produce. But no, another price war.
> And so on.
> > A number of people have commented that computers were sold as if the
> > exchange rate was 1:1!
> Yup. But that was probably me. A computer that sold for $1000
> > would be sold in UK for 1000 GBP! (the equivalent of $3000)
> Yup. A particular habit of Apple, to be fair, but not unique to them.
> Also, the US cost of living is substantially cheaper -- e.g. gasoline.
> Today the average US price is €0.80 per litre.
> EU average is about c€1.40 per litre.
> > How much did the TRS80 sell for in UK?
> Which model?
> They were pretty rare here -- I don't think I ever saw a single one
> anywhere outside Tandy store display units.
> Model I, 4K Level I: £385.25
> Model I, 16K Level II: £546.25
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