Jaime Cortez pleaded "not guilty" to the charges of not being on the cutting edge of technology and to not participating in the voluntary disposal of any computing devices operating under current minimum guidelines, sources said.
"It's my computer, I don't have to explain myself to anyone. You can't accuse me of being a Luddite. For God's sake, I'm using a computer. I told these clowns I work at T.I."
A TRS-80 was a popular computer in the late 1970s and into the 80s before being displaced by much faster models and superior designs.
The chip speed of an ipad is roughly five hundred and sixty-two times faster than that of the TRS-80. The current ipad also possesses a maximum of 64 GB of memory - literally 1.29 million times more memory capacity than the 48 KiB of the TRS-80 Model 1.
Mr. Cortez is unimpressed.
"My computer is strong enough to play PYRAMID 2000. What else do I need? What does anyone need? Using their logic, eventually an old ipad will have to be seized for not meeting established standards. Where does it stop? Will we by law eventually be required to own a device capable of exahertz speeds shooting gamma radiation everywhere? No thank you."
The judge waived the fine and possible jail time if Mr. Cortez promised to seek counseling.
"I'll go, but you can't change who I am. You can't treat me or my computer like trash," said Cortez, who works in research and development at Texas Instruments. "This isn't over."
Mr. Cortez's TRS-80 is scheduled for destruction in conjunction with a high tech recycling program. Some environmentalists claim the toxicity of the lead content in the CRT display alone is enough to cause brain disorders to a population the size of Brazil and must be treated with extreme caution - not to mention the radiation if the screen is powered up, as the evidence room has been rumored to do.
"We don't play any of the games that are on computers scheduled for destruction," said Officer Trent Jordan. "This game he is talking about is text-based anyway and would require too much concentration. It's no Tetris."
Computer Counselors, or "CCs" as they are called, utilize emulator programs to wean patients away from older technology to today's standards. Emulators mimic the functions of various systems by creating a virtual version of that computer within a modern computer's "environment."
"You can have a virtual TRS-80 on your ipad or iphone – and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that," said court appointed psychotherapist Randy Sloan.
"In fact, placing such emulators in the palm of your hand readily exposes such older systems for what they are - obsolete."
Neighbors became aware of the TRS-80 and began complaining last January, shortly after Cortez moved into the Zephyr apartment complex. Apparently, the radio frequency interference from the TRS-80 was rendering some cordless home phones all but useless.
"Often you would see nothing but the bluish light of the CRT coming out of his windows, deep into the night," said a neighbor. "I knew I couldn't use my cordless phone as long as that blue light was on."
A complete collection of boxed and indexed OMNI Magazines in mint condition was also seized during the raid, but was later returned.
"Unbelievable," Sloan added. "We may have to treat him for that, too."