It's funny, isn't it, but back in Feb 1982, before the Oric-1 had even arrived, Tangerine and Paul Kaufman (it says "Kausman" in the article!) were even then at odds with their user-base and making rather rash promises and then breaking them!
Here, in an interview in early 82 with Your Computer, the Tangerine User Group's (TUG) Bob Green sets the record straight and reveals just how enterprising Oric users (as well as many other retro micro users are) when it comes to producing much-needed hardware solutions when the parent company "fails to deliver"...
ABOVE: The article raises some interesting points regarding the relationship between Tangerine users, the user group (TUG) and parent company of the Microtan, Tangerine themselves (the Microtan, if you like, being the fore-runner of the Oric-1). Bob Green highlights how TUG had "plugged the gap" between users and Tangerine and actually provided hardware solutions where it had been felt that Tangerine had failed to "step up to the plate". Further, Tangerine seemed to be stung into making "last ditch" attempts to head-off criticism and then promised"disk drives" to follow...we've all heard that one before!! Finally, as well as the sweatshirts, I wonder what those 21 other hardware and software products were...?!
Any comments, Oricians... did you know Bob Green or know if he ventured further into supporting the Oric-1 and Atmos?
What about Tangerine's position back then and the statements made by Kaufman - fair or further evidence of fudging at work?
Hmmm. Things Tangerine shifted to the Oric when it arrived and TUG got turning into OUG with the magazine becoming Oric Computing. Oric Computing contributor, Kimbo described Bob Green as a rogue. OUG seems to have just stopped. I have a letter from Kimbo sent to Bob asking what was going on. The letter was returned marked as 'not collected'.
I guess it's another case Oric ambitions being hit by harsh reality and not being the commercial success people imagined.