When I was a kid in the mid 80’s, I had a friend named Gerald. He was a couple of years older than me, and therefore much cooler by default. We had two major things in common: Legos and Computers. We both had legos, but he had a much cooler computer. I had a TRS-80 Color Computer 3 with its tape deck, given to me by my grandparents after my aunt (also only a few years older than I) didn’t need or want it. It was great, but Gerald had a far better computer- a Commodore Plus/4! It was very cool and he was always showing me things that I could only dream of on my CoCo3. And, he had a floppy disk drive. Swoon!
Those days just solidified my love for computers, which started in the second grade in school with Texas Instruments TI/99a’s that we had. That’s another story for another time. When you have time for a fantastic read, please check out Ars Technica’s multi-part article about the Commodore and the Amiga computers and the story behind them. It’s very well written and full of interesting facts and anecdotes. Here’s The Link.