Sleeping with the enemy

Posted: February 20, 2014 in 80's

Yesterday I’ve got a TRS-CoCo II working, hooked up with my Commodore monitor. They didn’t get along at first, but after a while, they were friends, or maybe polite acquaintances 🙂

Commodore and Tandy having a good time

Commodore and Radio Shack having a good time

Although I still think the Commodore 64 is a better machine overall, the TRS-CoCo is actually very powerful. The Extended Colour BASIC is way more powerful than the crazy peeks and pokes I have to use on C64 BASIC. Commodore did way better with the BASIC 7.0 used by the Commodore 128 and other models, which is very similar to the Extended Colour BASIC commands. The code above is not even worth explaining – I was just randomly plotting some graphics and playing some notes.

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Comments
  1. JM Estrada says:

    I’m of the same opinion that the C64 is one of the best computers of the 80’s. But as someone who appreciates computers in general, I don’t discredit any computer. The CoCo had some features that were better than the C64’s (BASIC), but over all it did not offer as good of a combination of features like the C64. Graphics, Sound, expandability.. And even though the C64’s built in basic was limited, it was easy to get cartridges with better versions or even better yet, program in assembly and have full control over everything.

    • Yes, I agree with you, the CoCo has a better BASIC than the C64 – It is really painful to deal with VIC and SID registers using peeks and pokes. My next small project in BASIC will be probably using the C128, which uses BASIC 7.0. It is going to be a good comparison. Thanks for the comment!

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