Arthur S. Covert
112 Front Street
Schenectady NY 12305
THE ABOVE DATE IS VALID FOR THIS PORTION
I am about to change those things that require to be changed when I address envelopes. So I might as well kill two birds ( if you will pardon the expression ) with one stone.
It was only when I considered alternatives that I recognized your wisdom in buying the PC Jr. It is hard from a study of Byte and its adds to really find the score, but my guess is that if you will accept the risk of a mail order purchase of a generic reporter you can buy what you have for about $1000. This may in fact buy you more in the way of expandibility real time clocks etc. Before I figured this out I ws about to rush off and buy a clone. Now I am thinking of looking for the disk drive you get and maybe duplicating your outfir. Of course my only real excuse is to have a back up for the Osborne. What set me off was the idea of having to spend two or three hundred dollars to keep it working. Now I am saying to myself that that it better than throwing it away.
The Osborne is back and unrepaired. The A drive seems to be able to read anything but you can’t trust it to write. This is like having one and three quarter drives. The scenario is that when the Micro Clinic is ready to install a new drive I will rush it over, meanwhile I will struggle with it.
January 17, 1986
We resume. The Osborne situation remains the same. I have done little or no programming since we last met. My analysis of the computer situation continues. Why do I want another computer.
I My Osborne is colorless.
II My Osborne is unreliable.
III I am jealous of all the software you have.
We have noted above that for say 1200 dollars one can purchase a good IBM clone with two drives 512K ram and maybe a fair amount of software. My the time you equal or exceed this you will have spent say 900 to 1000. Not so much a bargain as a low cost entry. Then there are the Atari 520 for say $800 with a single drive 512K color monitor, 32 bit words, a mouse , a single disk drive, some software on board and lots over the horizon. The same is true for the more expensive at the moment Amiga. Lots of color, lots of capacity, lots of speed, a new generation.
How we would communicate.
I suspect that if I read that Borland was preparing Pascal and/or other good software for the Atari I’d go for it. Straws in the wind, good old Bela seems to be associated with the Amiga.
Accompanying this letter should be a set of photographs, and a disk which contains a file called README.DOC ( DO IT ) and several other files.
Arthur S. Covert