Due to recent changes at Twitter, I’ll no longer be cross-posting content there. Fortunately, I discovered that micro.blog (the cool service that powers this blog) provides some slick Mastodon integration. If you’re on Mastodon, you can now follow this blog via @email@example.com.
For day 2 of #FebruADAM let’s time travel all the way back to September 28, 1983 and watch as Coleco introduces ADAM to the public. 🍿
📰 Start spreading the news: February will henceforth be known as #FebruADAM! https://youtu.be/wbnuFhvUaYY #ColecoADAM
Attention ADAMites: William “Milli” Hicks is launching a new YouTube channel completely dedicated to the #ColecoADAM! Milli really knows his stuff so this is a channel you’ll definitely want to watch… subscribe today! ☑️🔔 https://youtube.com/channel/UCcOPctXP788CkTiQR_9CtWQ
It’s the first day of December and Joe Blenkle has gifted the ADAM community with the 2020 edition of the A.N.N. (Adam News Network) Christmas disk! Thank you to Joe for all the hard work he put into this. I even managed to get my name included this year! This is a wonderful 320K multimedia disk image with a slideshow featuring colourful Christmas graphics set to classic holiday tunes.
You can download it directly from Joe’s website or from the Coleco ADAM Facebook Group here. Joe’s website also has a collection of multimedia Christmas disks for each year going back to 1992! Run them on your ADAM today to start feeling festive! 🎄
Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the graphics:
Playing with SmartLOGO… it’s surprisingly powerful. Lots of learning to do! Found out that I can dump the byte data of a LOGO shape and use it in SmartBASIC 2.0 for a sprite. 🐢
Believe it or not I’ve never tried SmartLOGO before! I vaguely remember being at a friend’s house back in the 80s when he showed it to me and said he could make games with it. I’ve got the manual here so I’m going to have some fun going through the tutorials and see what I can do with it. 🐢 Turtle Power!
It’d be super-interesting if someone would make a documentary or write a book about the behind-the-scenes goings on at Coleco during the development of Adam. Interviews with the engineers and product leads… basically anyone who worked on Adam at Coleco. There were cool products in the pipeline for Adam before the plug was pulled. Oh, what could have been!