Owner: T. Carlson
Location: Williamsburg, VA
The Coleco ADAM came in two forms. You could buy the complete
system, or, if you already owned a ColecoVision game system, you
could buy an add-on for it. The system had some nice features,
- word processor built into ROM
- full size keyboard, with special word processing keys
- included a high speed tape for mass storage
- included a daisy-wheel printer
- could play Coleco Vision cartridge-based games
Mass storage devices cost extra for other systems of the time.
Plus, the ADAM tape format actually kept a sort of directory in
the middle of the tape, allowing for fairly quick retrieval of
information. Printers were typically an extra cost as well. Of
course, the system had it's bad points:
- fairly basic word processor (although I haven't really
explored it yet)
- the power supply for the entire system was in the printer
cabinet, thus the computer could not run without the
printer being attached which isn't good if your printer breaks down
(although there are ways to attach the power supply directly to the CPU
- the entire unit would generate a hefty magnetic surge on
power-up, thus if a tape were left in the drive on
power-up, it would be erased, pretty nasty since it
booted from tape (although others have told me that this really doesn't
So, overall, it's a pretty crankin' system.
The ADAM was only produced for 2 years. I had thought that it
just disappeared after that, but I was wrong. There's a
thriving ADAM cult. There is even an annual ADAM convention. The
next one is July 15-18, 1999. See the Official
ADAMCON Homepage on Bob Slopsema's Adam site for more details.
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