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Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: January 26, 2015 05:05PM
Found a TI-99 in the original box, priced at $15. Box is pretty beat up, but the computer looks like it's in good shape.

I never tried a TI-99 in my life, and haven't bought this one... yet. I do like me some retro tech, though. Any thoughts/experience with one of those beasts? Looked complete, but no game controllers or cartridges...
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 26, 2015 05:17PM
"TI" used to stand for "Texas Instrument" but now stands for "Totally Irrelevant."



It is what it is.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: January 26, 2015 05:26PM
My TI-85 calculator was probably more powerful.



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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: January 26, 2015 05:29PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
"TI" used to stand for "Texas Instrument" but now stands for "Totally Irrelevant."

Not quite. They've totally locked up the High School calculator market.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 26, 2015 05:32PM
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macphanatic
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N-OS X-tasy!
"TI" used to stand for "Texas Instrument" but now stands for "Totally Irrelevant."

Not quite. They've totally locked up the High School calculator market.

Sorry, not clear enough -- my comment specifically the "TI" in "TI-99."



It is what it is.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: January 26, 2015 05:41PM
People, work with me here. I, too, had a beloved TI calculator in engineering school (HP-28S), now dead, and I am still upset about it). This thing is not like those things.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: hal
Date: January 26, 2015 05:41PM
My wealthy grandfather once allowed his wife to decide the company on a stock purchase. She knew nothing about the market, but was from Texas and selected TI (this was in the early 60s). Ended up being one of the best performers in the portfolio. I doubt he EVER heard the end of it...
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: January 26, 2015 05:41PM
That was my first game console back in the day. Loved that machine. The ol' TI-99 was attached to my parents 27' console TV. IIRC a Zenith. That TV console enclosure was bigger than a lot of entertainment centers.
Awesome for the day graphics and games. Played for hours.

Must be TBM...Throw back Monday

Dave



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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: January 26, 2015 05:45PM
My 1st computer before i found a 512ke for a dollar in a thrift shop...
It has built in basic, but their own version. You will need a cassette recorder and the cable to save anything.
Does it have a modulator, PS, and the manuals? I think there is still an active user base, sort of...
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 26, 2015 05:47PM
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Will Collier
People, work with me here. I, too, had a beloved TI calculator in engineering school (HP-28S), ...

Confusing. TI or HP?
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Posted by: Z
Date: January 26, 2015 05:55PM
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 26, 2015 05:56PM
Still miss my TI-55 and TI-55/2



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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 26, 2015 05:57PM
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space-time
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Will Collier
People, work with me here. I, too, had a beloved TI calculator in engineering school (HP-28S), ...

Confusing. TI or HP?

That model number is for an HP.

Until I discovered Excel, my TI-85 was the main tool in my engineering school toolbox. I couldn't afford the fancy-schmancy HP-32S some of my buddies had, but I sure did covet it... until I discovered Excel.



It is what it is.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 26, 2015 06:02PM
Had one growing up. Got a ton of use.



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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Big Daddy Cool
Date: January 26, 2015 06:10PM
learned how to "program" on a TI-99 when I was a tyke in some summer computer camp of some such.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: January 26, 2015 07:25PM
I also did my first programming on one. Had to save the programs to audio tape.

My favorite game: Alpiner
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 26, 2015 07:31PM
when I come across finds such as these, I really have to take a step back (much as you seem to be doing). I have quite a few irrelevant or unused or underutilized electronica in the house and adding more, no matter how interesting, takes me to a place I don't want to be!
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: hal
Date: January 26, 2015 07:36PM
There is absolutely nothing interesting about that machine to me - I never used such a thing. Didn't really touch a computer in any serious way until the 90s. To me it's just old antiquated stuff that can no longer do anything useful. Kinda like old mono HiFi equipment - it's just old.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: January 26, 2015 07:42PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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space-time
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Will Collier
People, work with me here. I, too, had a beloved TI calculator in engineering school (HP-28S), ...

Confusing. TI or HP?

That model number is for an HP.

Until I discovered Excel, my TI-85 was the main tool in my engineering school toolbox. I couldn't afford the fancy-schmancy HP-32S some of my buddies had, but I sure did covet it... until I discovered Excel.

HP. Sorry. In my defense... well, both companies have two initials.

Yeah, there's no defense. Dumb mistake.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: p8712
Date: January 26, 2015 08:05PM
HP calcs are easy money on ebay.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Forrest
Date: January 26, 2015 10:32PM
Having lived thru the home computer era, I can tell you the TI 99 was a boring home computer - overshadowed by the Atari 400/800 and the Commodore Vic-20/64. The Apple II was far costlier than any of these. I've got nothing against TI as a company - they make many fine products, but not home computers.

If you feel retro, suggest you play some Atari games on your iPhone/iPad - there are plenty available.



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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: silvarios
Date: January 26, 2015 11:04PM
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hal
There is absolutely nothing interesting about that machine to me - I never used such a thing. Didn't really touch a computer in any serious way until the 90s. To me it's just old antiquated stuff that can no longer do anything useful. Kinda like old mono HiFi equipment - it's just old.

How old back would you go? Any 68k Macs worth having? Non OS X PowerPC Macs?
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: silvarios
Date: January 26, 2015 11:05PM
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DinerDave
That was my first game console back in the day. Loved that machine. The ol' TI-99 was attached to my parents 27' console TV. IIRC a Zenith. That TV console enclosure was bigger than a lot of entertainment centers.
Awesome for the day graphics and games. Played for hours.

Must be TBM...Throw back Monday

Dave

Still have one. Might have ecycled it finally because the case was starting to come apart. I'll have to check. First computer I ever used.
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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: Psurfer
Date: January 27, 2015 01:14AM
Uh-oh, don't let Cos put the TI to sleep!

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Re: Thrift Shop find (maybe)...
Posted by: D. Lawson
Date: January 27, 2015 02:21PM
This (the TI-99/4A, actually) was the first computer we had growing up. I did some fairly rudimentary programming on it with TI-BASIC (built into the computer, so that's about all you would be able to do with it until you bought some cartridges), but it saw use as a gaming system above all else. As I recall, none of the games require the controllers, but it helps with many of them.

Favorites included A-Maze-Ing, Munchman, Parsec, Star Trek, The Attack, and TI Invaders...which were the only games we ever owned for it. ;)
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