KozTech Episode 08 - TI99_4a
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Today's episode goes over the TI-99/4A, a failed, but still significant entry in the late 70's/early 80's home computer market. It's significance to this channel was mentioned in the Intro episode, but basically it was the first "home computer" I had. It was a garage sale pickup and ultimately led to our first "true" family PC. What memories do you have of this often overlooked piece of computing history?

Sources (there's a lot):

Info and history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TI-99/4A

Video cable:
https://atariage.com/forums/topic/267621-ti99-4a-video-question/?tab=comments#comment-3817130

Software:
TI Invaders
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI_Invaders
Munch Man (Pac Man clone)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munch_Man
Pac Man (Atarisoft)
https://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/texas-instruments-ti-99-4a/pac-man

Basic:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI_BASIC_(TI_99/4A)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1979_TI-99-4_with_Speech_Synthesizer,_RF_modulator,_keyboard_overlays_(adjusted).jpg

Discontinued:
https://books.google.com/books?id=uy8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA19&pg=PA22#v=onepage&q&f=false

Speak and Spell:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speak_%26_Spell_(toy)

TI Calculators:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Texas_Instruments_graphing_calculators

SGCPU and related:
https://atariage.com/forums/topic/239628-new-ti-board/
https://www.s-n-u-g.de/sgcpu/index_en.php
http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/ide_card/ide_card.html
http://www.dsapsc.com/what-is-sid.html

Chips:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TMS9900
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TMS9918
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_SN76489

TI Pro PC:
https://www.reddit.com/r/vintagecomputing/comments/aniu7w/can_you_recognize_every_piece_of_software_and/efuhod0/

Disassembly:
http://www.unige.ch/medecine/nouspikel/ti99/surgery.htm

Overall:
http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/console/console_dis.html
http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/computers/ti994a.html

VIC-20:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

VIDEO OUT:
https://atariage.com/forums/topic/269384-ti-994a-video-issues/?do=findComment&comment=3836491
https://atariage.com/forums/topic/109166-ti-994a-video-cable/?do=findComment&comment=1320527

Munchman:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Man_Coverart.png

Biege specifics:
http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/computers/ti99qi.html

Music:
https://freemusicarchive.org/genre/Christmas
https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?genre=holiday

Backgrounds:
https://www.pexels.com/photo/top-view-photography-of-blacboard-between-baubles-1303095/

TI-99 fonts:
http://www.99er.net/download2/index.php?act=view&id=47
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