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Is that computer based on a real one or are there any records of computers resembling that? Yes and no. There is no computer exactly like the one shown, but Coleco was a successful video game company, rivaling Atari with their ColecoVison system. It may have been the best system available in 1982, selling half a million units between August and Christmas. ...


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As others have noted in the comments, apart from some guy ranting uncivilly about it, for it's era it's hardly special. The general reason power supplies of the past were so much bigger than today's (apart from the devices they powered also being less power efficient than today's) is that they they are linear not switching designs, thus requiring bigger ...


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They have different memory and IO maps. The ColecoVision has a boot ROM at address 0000h and an inserted cartridge appears at 8000h. The Sega has no boot ROM so just maps the inserted cartridge at 0000h. RAM is at C000h on the Sega, 6000h on the Coleco. The Coleco's TMS is addressable between ports 40h and 7fh (including mirroring) but the Sega's is at BE ...


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The only Coleco computer I know of is the Coleco Adam, but it did not look like the computer in the Simpsons. The Coleco logo is very similar to their actual logo though. Of course Coleco is most known for their home video game system the ColecoVision.


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A partly speculative answer, working backwards from the source code of Marat Fayzulin's ColEm, it appears to be a fixed-size sector dump. On line 52 of EMULib/FDIDisk.c you can see confirmation of the geometry you already know about: single sided; 40 tracks; 8 sectors per track; 512-byte sectors. Line 406 lists FMT_ADMDSK (i.e. Adam disk) amongst those ...


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As with most power supplies of the era, up to the early 90s, it is a linear supply. Linear supplies produce a fairly clean output that can be used directly by the computer, but need large transformers and produce a lot of heat. They are somewhat inefficient and generally only suitable for supplying a few tens of watts maximum. Newer power supplies are ...


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The Coleco power supply is normally not wall mounted. That is only for dedicated countries. It was actually a clever design, in comparison to other gaming systems of it's time: by isolating the power to a single external housing the requirements for different countries could be easily met. Shielding etc. was also required, so having all combined in one "...


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The script is clearly a reference to the Coleco Adam, but the computer design doesn't resemble the machine. Most likely the animation department had no idea what such a machine would actually look like. While it probably wouldn't have been hard to find reference material for the artists, having an arbitrarily-chosen case design that would have been ...


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