December 13, 2017 – TRS-80 Model I Free for Local Pickup

A site visitor in the Alexandria, Virginia area is offering a Model I system free for local pickup.

Details (From the donator): Model I, Level II, 16K. I purchased in in 1980 at the Springfield Mall in PA. It was working when I boxed it up in 1985 and stored it in a bedroom. Now there is a problem. I’m able to enter and run a simple program, but the characters displayed on the screen aren’t as expected. I suspect the monitor is fine, and maybe a contact in the computer is corroded. I’m including the computer, monitor, power supply, cassette recorder, original box, two Level II Basic Reference Manuals and some cassettes.

Note (From Ira): My hardware expert, Ian Mavric, believes from the pictures that it is more than likely that the cause of the problem is that one of the video RAM chips has failed.

     •  Model I

     •  Model I, Level II, 16K Computer

     •  Monitor

     •  Power Supply

     •  Cassette recorder

     •  Original box

     •  Two Level II Basic Reference Manuals

     •  Some cassettes

As always, to keep away those would say “hey, would you ship” (when the above states local pickup only), please contact me at freetrs@trs-80.com if you can do a local pickup and I will relay in the order received.




December 5, 2017 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast #19

TRS-80 Trash Talk, a monthly podcast, has released Episode 19. The description is: In this episode Pete C. and Mav discuss the TRS-80 and it’s role in agriculture while discussing some recent acquisitions. Pete C. relates a tale about an interesting Tandy rescue trip to Newark, NJ. Then, we play a little TRS-80 generated music. Finally, in our continuing series of interviews with Tandy Radio Shack engineers, we talk to Paul Schreiber about his experiences working as a Tandy engineer.

The TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast can be found at www.trs80trashtalk.com.

December 1, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine (12/17)

Dusty has released the December 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.

Contents:

PAGE 03 SUPER CARD PRO
PAGE 05 IN MAV’S WORKSHOP: TANDY’S COMMITMENT TO AGRICULTURE
PAGE 17 DOSPLUS. A TRS-80 DOS OPERATING SYSTEM
PAGE 21 MERRY CHRISTMAS fROM DEE & MYSELf
PAGE 24 APL FROM THE SOFTWARE EXCHANGE
PAGE 28 TANDY ASSEMBLY 2017
PAGE 34 EBAY – BARGAINS FOR ALL
PAGE 36 IN MAV’S WORKSHOP: LOWERCASE CHARACTERS ON THE MODEL I
PAGE 41 TANDY ASSEMBLY 2017
PAGE 51 XT-CF CARD fOR TANDY 1400 SERIES LAPTOPS
PAGE 56 A PLEA fOR HELP!
PAGE 57 IN MAV’S WORKSHOP: TRS-80 PRINTERS

October 27, 2017 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast #18

TRS-80 Trash Talk, a monthly podcast, has released Episode 18. The description is: In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss what happened at the inaugural Tandy Assembly event on October 7th and 8th 2017. After that we do a little eBay shopping. Then, Peter Cetinski interviews Tandy engineer Mike Yetsko. Mike has quite a few interesting stories to tell about his time working at Tandy Radio Shack back in the day.

The TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast can be found at www.trs80trashtalk.com.

October 16, 2017 – SuperCard Pro

As most of you may know, the Catweasel card is not currently being manufactured or sold and some may be looking for an alternate way to read/write TRS-80 disks on a PC. I was recently (re-?)advised of the existence of the Super Card Pro, and although I have not tested or used one, it does look solid from the stuff online.

The SuperCard Pro is a flux level copier/imager/converter of almost all types of floppy disks to a SCP format. SCP can duplicate/any disk type. Since it’s a flux copier, it doesn’t “know” anything about any disk format. An index pulse is not actually required (but makes image files smaller). In fact, you can duplicate the back side of a double-sided “flippy” disk by just flipping the disk over!

Once you have your image, you can use the software that comes with the HxC Floppy Drive Emulator has a function to convert from SCP format to DMK format (your mileage may vary).

While the catweasel is/was a PCI card, this card is driven either from a USB port or as a stand alone device! It is powered by the USB cable. The bios/cpu on the card can be reflashed (via USB) so that the card can be kept up to date. Drivers are currently available only for PC’s.

The card currently costs $99.95 and if you look at the PCB carefully, you will see that the creator has quite the sense of humor.

Links:

     The product web page can be found at
http://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=scp.

     The manual can be found at
          http://www.cbmstuff.com/downloads/scp/scp_manual.pdf.

September 29, 2017 – TRS-80 Model I Free for Local Pickup

Update: Claimed

A site visitor in the metro NYC area is offering a Model I system free for local pickup

     •  Model I

     •  Expansion interface

     •  Monitor with antiglare

     •  Modem 1, Modem 1B

     •  Books

     •  3 external drives, 100’s of floppies

     •  Service manuals

     •  Cables, power supplies, etc

As always, to keep away those would say “hey, would you ship” (when the above states local pickup only), please contact me at freetrs@trs-80.com if you can do a local pickup and I will relay in the order received.

September 6, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine

Dusty has released the September 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.

Contents:

PAGE 03 Donations To The Site
Thanks To The Generosity Of Keith Hand, Various Goodies Are Available – Free To Good Homes
PAGE 05 In Mav’s Workshop
Ian Mavric
A Warning To Frehd Builders
PAGE 10 What Makes A Number
Et Fonehume
An Original Quick Online Program For Junior Mathematicians Trying Out Number Guessing
PAGE 12 Model 2 Software Review
Snapp Inc’s Utilities And Dos Fix.
PAGE 19 News From Pascal
Catch Up With The Latest News From France And Pascal Holdry’s Reverse Engineering Website
PAGE 25 In Mav’s Workshop
Ian Mavric
Lower Case Characters On The Model I – A 2017 Update
PAGE 29 An Ebay Surprise
Fancy A Chrome-plated Ml? The 100,000th Ml is for Sale On eBay
PAGE 32 MMS ‘Forth’ Information
PAGE 36 A Plea For Help!
I’m Looking For A M2 Keyboard. Can Anyone Help Please?