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Some of you TI'ers may still run 3.5" drives, but Texas Instruments only made sleeves for 5.25" floppies.  Sadly the TI was commercially extinct when 3.5" drives started to dominate.  So, what is a guy supposed to do when he wants some nostalgia and love for his 3.5" mechanical storage device?  It's simple really, make your own and share it with the world!  The attached PDF file below is sized perfectly for the smaller disks, just print it up, cut it out, fold it and glue it.

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First of all, the site linked below is a mess, there is stuff stuffed everywhere and it can be hard to find something specific.  Hower it is the largest repository of TI stuff that I know about.  Go in and take a peek, you may just find something that grabs your interest and sends you down the rabbit hole.

 

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One of the best places to see the amazing new and classic TI games before downloading them is the << TI-99/4A Game Shelf  >>.  You'll see photos and descriptions of the games BEFORE you download.  This way you will not waste time blindly downloading and trying something that 'only sounded good'.  He has a LOT to choose from!

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On 4/12/2021 at 9:00 PM, RickR said:

I found this ebay auction for an acoustic coupler modem..and it's for the TI 99/4A!  How cool. 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTRA-RARE-MINT-TEXAS-INSTRUMENTS-TELEPHONE-COUPLER-ACOUSTIC-MODEM-PHP-1600/265119482215?hash=item3dba5a4167:g:FZ0AAOSwsgZgchPf

 

That brought back memories.  I had one of those... I HATED IT!  Manually dialing a busy BBS repeatedly was not fun.  The cord on that thing was short, so the location you could put it was limited.  300 baud, well by today's standards that's "Molasses in January" speed.  Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone anymore with the correct handset.  There is not even a BBS that I'd want to call via the phone lines.

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2 hours ago, - Ω - said:

That brought back memories.  I had one of those... I HATED IT!  Manually dialing a busy BBS repeatedly was not fun.  The cord on that thing was short, so the location you could put it was limited.  300 baud, well by today's standards that's "Molasses in January" speed.  Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone anymore with the correct handset.  There is not even a BBS that I'd want to call via the phone lines.

Yes, they were pretty terrible!  Manual dialing, stuff the handset in that coupler, and hope for the best.  But that was my first foray into the on-line world (it wasn't a TI, but a mainframe terminal of some sort at my elementary school).  They didn't let just anyone have access.  For some reason, they trusted RickR.  Shocking.

I kept those credentials for years after.  Shh, don't tell anyone, but I sometimes would use my VIC-20 (and then Atari 800XL) to dial in just to see if that old school mainframe still worked.  🙂  It always did. 

I always have wanted an acoustic coupler modem just to have for my shelf.  I feel it's a piece of history and a real conversation starter.  If anything, it's the kind of thing that would make me smile when I look at it.  I may just buy this one, as it's the cheapest I've seen.  For as ubiquitous as these were, there are very few out there to buy.  Most probably got trashed once better technology came along. 



 

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On 3/10/2021 at 2:46 PM, - Ω - said:

If you guys want to see what some of the games for the TI-99/4A are like before you decide to download them this link: http://tigameshelf.net/ is pretty darn cool!

Wow I was checking out the TI-99/4A bookshelf BASIC games, they all look awesome! 🙂 

My best friend had a TI-99/4A growing up and I really liked the machine and it's colorful boot screen and the assortment of Tapes and cartridges we had. 

I also saw a GPL breakout game in the Assembly section of the bookshelf, always wanted to learn more about that interesting programming language unique to the TI, it sounds like a CHIP-8 type dialect closer to the hardware than BASIC and powerful enough apparently to run the BASIC interpreter. 

ATARI FLASHBACK BASIC! Make games for the AFP with awesome  graphics, animation and a built in tracker/sequencer! Compatible with all Atari consoles! The IDE is already installed on your PC! Atari Flashback BASIC is cross compatible with the SuperCharger too! :)

AFB games can be recompiled with no changes using the SuperCharger BASIC compiler, available at Relationalframework.com/vwBASIC

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On 4/14/2021 at 9:22 AM, RickR said:

Yes, they were pretty terrible!  Manual dialing, stuff the handset in that coupler, and hope for the best.  But that was my first foray into the on-line world (it wasn't a TI, but a mainframe terminal of some sort at my elementary school).  They didn't let just anyone have access.  For some reason, they trusted RickR.  Shocking.

I kept those credentials for years after.  Shh, don't tell anyone, but I sometimes would use my VIC-20 (and then Atari 800XL) to dial in just to see if that old school mainframe still worked.  🙂  It always did. 

 

At the Community College I attended they also had a low speed connection to their PR1ME mainframe.  I used to log in remotely from home to submit my programming assignments.  Funny thing about the PR1ME, it used a variant of ANSI BASIC, which is what my TI-99/4A used, so that class was a walk in the park. Unfortunately after that quarter and the class came to an end, I lost my credentials, but I spent a LOT of time playing with that system and learning things that were no related to to class.  

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On 3/9/2021 at 10:42 PM, - Ω - said:

Some of you TI'ers may still run 3.5" drives, but Texas Instruments only made sleeves for 5.25" floppies.  Sadly the TI was commercially extinct when 3.5" drives started to dominate.  So, what is a guy supposed to do when he wants some nostalgia and love for his 3.5" mechanical storage device?  It's simple really, make your own and share it with the world!  The attached PDF file below is sized perfectly for the smaller disks, just print it up, cut it out, fold it and glue it.

QwWUURq.jpg

 

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I Printed this yesterday and was very happy with it. only problem was my cutting straight is not like it used to be. but this is awesome. ThankS!!

 

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