George and Peter Phillips have released trs80gp version 2.0.4.
* Model II emulation (and Model I, III and 4 as previously)
* Hires graphics support
* Floppy and Cassette emulation
* Software Keyboard
* Automatic keyboard input
* Turbo Mode
* Source-level debugging and many other programming features
It runs on Windows 10, 8, 7 and maybe even XP and Vista. Runs well under Wine on Mac and Linux
Learn more and get it at http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html
Dusty has released the June 2018 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his web site.
|PAGE 04||Competition Entries and Result|
|PAGE 07||TRS80 GP v2.0.4 now released|
|PAGE 08||In Mav’s Workshop (DOM Cards)|
|PAGE 13||Palindromes – Do Geese See God|
|PAGE 15||In Mav’s Workshop (Tandy Assembly)|
|PAGE 21||The Way We Were – Two Chess Programs / LDOS|
|PAGE 37||In Mavs Workshop – Extender Boards|
|PAGE 43||EBAY U.K. Bargains|
|PAGE 46||In Mav’s Workshop – Printers – Part 6|
A site visitor let me know that Leo Christopherson appears to have passed away in 2016. Bryan Eggers also advised that his programming partner, Larry Payne, recently passed as well. Rest in peace gentlemen.
Thanks to the magic that is Facebook, the following authors have given permission to make their software downloadable.
• Bryan Eggers (Music)
• Nickolas Marentes (Games)
• Charles Forsythe (Adventures)
Thank you all!
Tandy Assembly 18 will be held on November 10th and 11th in Springfield, Ohio.
Registration is $10 per attendee, but children 12 and under are free.
You can register at their site http://www.tandyassembly.com
TRS-80 Trash Talk # 24 is out. In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome the Summer of 2018 (at least in the North) with a bunch of TRS-80 news and current events updates. We discuss the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018, a new TRS-80 Model I diagnostics cartridge and do some eBay shopping. Then, we interview former Tandy Radio Shack employee Ken Brookner. Ken served in many roles at Tandy Radio Shack in Fort Worth, as he climbed the ladder in technical support, starting as a phone rep and ending up as director of the department.
The podcast’s home page is http://www.trs80trashtalk.com.
|PAGE 04||Random Numbers|
|PAGE 08||Rick Dickinson Obituary|
|PAGE 12||Frank Durda IV Obituary|
|PAGE 13||In Mavs Workshop – Lineprinter VII|
|PAGE 23||Sierpinski’s Sieve – One liner|
|PAGE 24||The Way We Were – Articles from 80US|
|PAGE 30||In Mavs Workshop – New products|
|PAGE 41||Update on M2 Repair|
|PAGE 43||Competition Page|
|PAGE 46||EBAY Bargains|
|PAGE 48||Curing the Model 1 Screen Wiggle|
Paul T Schreiber has some information that should be of interest to anyone with an interest in the TRS-80. Everything that says “I” below is Paul … this is a cut and paste …”
Some of you may be familiar with former Tandy R&D engineer Frank Durda IV who recently passed away.
Frank was a SW (and also a bit of HW) genius. Really. A more loyal Tandy employee/fanatic does not exist. And he kept EVERYTHING.
Frank left, most importantly, a wife and 4month old daughter, a daughter he never saw, or got to hold, as he was hospitalized during her birth and died, without regaining consciousness, soon after.
His wife Corrine now has the task to sort through Frank’s “collection”, which by my estimate, is over 300 file boxes of “stuff”. The Tandy stuff appears to range from Model 2/3 up to the AST computers (4000SX). I even uncovered a box of VIS hand controllers [shudder].
Frank and his team wrote the BIOS/drivers for probably 100 things, as well as TRS-DOS/LDOS/XENIX and so on.
It’s going to take MONTHS to get it all sorted (she lives about a 40min drive from me), today I just grabbed the first 12 boxes in the garage I could access (there was a 1964 Teletype machine in the way).
What I plan to go is sort as follows:
a) SW – floppies, SyQuest drives, 8mm tape. You name it, Frank has it.
b) HW – board add-in boards and full computers. I counted about 12 Tandy computers. There may be 50 more, I don’t know. There are 100s (yes 100s) of add-in boards.
c) books/manuals – I spotted several HW Reference manuals, a FORTRAN binder, and a photocopied dBase III manual. About 70% are Tandy originals, 30% copies.
What is the goal? The goal is 2-fold:
1 – Preservation
2 – raise funds for Frank’s wife & baby daughter
Now, as we all are aware, this stuff is HEAVY. I’m in Texas, and have Fed-Ex, UPS, and USPS options. In some cases, I will put individual items/small lots on eBay, but for the most part, this stuff will be sold by weight. Like $15/pound or some such. I some cases I will be specific, other cases might me a “treasure chest of Tandy Wonder”.
Now, I was 100% a HW designer at Tandy, but I have a few ex-R&D folks in my network I can see if they remember this stuff. If you are collecting ‘rare’ Tandy items, the 2nd box I looked in had 2 internal R&D use boards that were the audio and video portions of the Tandy Sensation! PC. Only 3 sets were made (2 for Tandy and 1 for MicroSoft) and Frank has a Tandy set (I even forgot I designed them!). These were used to write the drivers before the ‘real hardware’ was developed, and they were also used for the VIS development.
I hope to have ‘a new batch of stuff’ every 2-3 weeks. Mainly, I want this stuff to find “good homes”, not to be flipped. I want to be able to have a decent amount of $$$ for his family.
Lastly: Frank ran a few ISPs as well. I’m not an ‘IT Guy’ by a LONG shot. But he has 10-20 Cisco doo-dads as well (1U rack routers, etc). I’ll post a few photos for giggles, and next week hope to have the first batch for sale.
For those interested in helping Frank’s widow, please go the her GoFundMe page found at https://www.gofundme.com/thefightforfrank.
PLAYCAS allows you to connect a TRS-80 cassette input to a PC soundcard so as to capture the software for use in an emulator or archiving. Knut Roll-Lund has recently updated it to v2.0 with the following notes:
PLAYCAS can be downloaded from Knut’s web site here.