The Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer, also known as the Tandy Color Computer or simply the Coco was a line of home computers produced from 1980 until 1991. It was the only common computer I am aware of that used the Motorola 6809 CPU. This was an 8-bit CPU but had some 16-bit features and was powerful for its time.
There were three interations of the Color Computer with various features and improvements but for the most part they maintained backwards compatiability in terms of software. Some add-on hardware also maintained compatability across iterations.
There weren’t very many magazines that covered the CoCo relative to other popular machines at the time but The Color Computer Magazine was one such magazine dedicated to this machine.
The November 1983 issue included the following:
- Super Spiro! – Go “beyond reality” into super- and hyper-spirographics.
- Color Computing for Kids – Send your computer into loops… get it working on math, too.
- Star – A short, sweet, graphics treasure.
- Sorcerer’s Puzzles – Oh no! The sorcerer has been kidnapped! Quick! Solve these puzzles!
- Slither – An eight-speed machine language version renews the challenge.
- Unforgettable Characters – Put user-definable graphics characters into your favorite machine.
- My MC-10 Speaks ML! – Machine language on the MC-10? What won’t this little machine do?
- Custom Color – Part I of the most incredible computer music software you ever heard.
- One-finger Hexload – Save time storing and editing hex byte lists.
- Graphics? Yes! Part II – Draw lines and circles; learn new commands.
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