Second clue leading into the upcoming book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer

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In anticipation of our upcoming book for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer, my co-author, Boisy Pitre, has started a new series of blog posts that will (very slowly) lift the veil on some interesting stuff that we discovered during the course of our research. He's doing it in the form of series of puzzles. You can read the second posting, or clue, here. Enjoy!

In other news, in terms of important milestones for the book, we turned in everything to the publisher last night. That means once it goes through the editorial process - which could take several months - the book will be on its way to release. We appreciate everyone's support through this process and hope you're anticipating publication of this book as much as we are.

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Mark Vergeer
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Looking forward to this!

I am very much looking forward to this.

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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vasier wrote:
I am very much looking forward to this.

Thanks, Mark, I hope you'll like it. This is very different from other books I've done to this point. It's more of a linear story, though there is some jumping around between chapters. Boisy did some awesome research and interviewing, as well, so between the two of us, it's loaded with important facts, many of which have been discovered or verified for the first time.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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I will be interested in reading.

I recently was gifted a Tandy Color Computer 2 and I know next to nothing about it. A book like this would be a very good read and illuminating as well. I'm a little sad I won't get a chance to read it until 2014 though...

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Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:
I recently was gifted a Tandy Color Computer 2 and I know next to nothing about it. A book like this would be a very good read and illuminating as well. I'm a little sad I won't get a chance to read it until 2014 though...

Well, it's definitely not going to tell you how to operate the machine, though I'm not sure if that's exactly what you meant. It's a literal history book. The people behind the platform's creation, the personalities, some of the technology, etc. For operational stuff, all of the original manuals and a lot of the classic books are readily available in PDF for download. You won't have any issues finding good stuff. For most things, the CoCo is as straightforward as any other classic computer to use, but certainly the disk-based stuff and interfacing is not particularly intuitive (at least to me).

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Not what I meant, allow me to elucidate

I know how to operate the machine, it uses a form of microsoft basic that appears to have been made specifically for the Color Computer. What I mean by knowing next to nothing about the machine is literally to do with how it came to be, who worked on it, and the everything else that might be included in a history of the computer line. Looking at my previous comment, it is very vague, and for that I don't mean to confuse. I just like to know about the history behind the computers that I own, it makes them a more personable computer to me.

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Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:
I know how to operate the machine, it uses a form of microsoft basic that appears to have been made specifically for the Color Computer. What I mean by knowing next to nothing about the machine is literally to do with how it came to be, who worked on it, and the everything else that might be included in a history of the computer line. Looking at my previous comment, it is very vague, and for that I don't mean to confuse. I just like to know about the history behind the computers that I own, it makes them a more personable computer to me.

Ah, I thought I might have read it wrong. Yes, that's the goal of the book. I hope it meets that goal for you and others. This is not the type of book publishers have much faith in, so I really hope it's received and sells well, even though it's a niche book. It was written with no specific assumptions in mind. We do get a bit technical here and there (which is not an issue for someone like you, of course), but it's a necessary part of the story of the thing.

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