On Feb 12, 11:56 am, "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <z... / cesmail.net>
wrote:
> The other side of that coin,
> though, is that I was also sad to see the first really high quality
> computer for kids, the TI 99/4, die.

Oh, man.  I was *SO* happy to see that machine dead.  The TI 99/4 was
a big piece of poo and it was already dead on arrival.
By the time the TI 99/4 was used for teaching, I was using an Atari
800XL computer... with 256 colors, colored sprites, blitter, etc...
and with 48K or so of memory, instead of the pathetic monochrome
screens and 16K or less of most machines back then ( the TI99 had
basically no RAM and forced you to buy the additional 32K module).
And with a BASIC that was not a pain to use and was built into the
ROM, not taking useful RAM.  The Atari 800XL is without a doubt one of
the best pieces of computer equipment I ever owned.
Trust me, as one of those students that was forced to use a TI because
someone sold my school that those machines were good teaching
machines, I can attest it was shear PAIN to have to work on that piece
of crap machine.
The original Atari computer line was *the* best computer to teach at
the time.  Not a PC, not an Apple, not a Spectrum, not a C=64.  It
just was hard and somewhat expensive to get them, as their stock was
small.  Atari was also run by morons back then, who figured selling a
computer was the same as selling a game console.  You put it in a
window and it sells... doesn't it?

Other than that, I do agree with your post, thou.