Jay Newirth recently announced he has a new website for his TRS-80 parts. Visit his site at http://plaidvest.com/newsoft/ for RAM and model case badges, replacement keyboards, motherboards, or complete systems.
If you are on Twitter, follow TRS-80 Trash Talk for all Tweets TRS-80. I never was fond of the trash label but these guys are firing on all cylinders, going all the way to 65535, if you know what I mean.
They also produce a podcast and just interviewed Scott Adams on August 25. At time of posting their latest podcast is from August 3rd but check regularly for their latest.
Well, keying in long BASIC games is certainly a way to relive your Jr. High School years, yes? Good on Usborne in doing good for us. Even better would be to release them into the Public Domain, and publish the source code in a downloadable diskette format. Anyone want to OCR their program listings and share them back to Usborne as a thank-you?
There are actually many more Usborne BASIC books available than I was previously aware of. Most, if not all, appear to contain listings for the Model 1, 3 or IV BASIC.
Good news for those wanting more options trying to read marginal 5.25″ TRS-80 diskette media.
The Catweasel controller is still probably the best tool for reading older TRS-80 diskettes, especially when used properly. But the Kryoflux seems to be catching up. An update from Mike Gore and Keir Fraser allows converting the Kryoflux CT stream into the JV3 format supported by many TRS-80 emulators.
As a regular reminder — if you want to read diskettes that you haven’t read in decades, you may only get one pass before the data literally strips off. Please consider sending them to Ira for archiving before possibly ruining them… or instead of procrastinating and letting them decay for another few years. Ira will convert your data and send it back to you. Details here: FAQ on converting your diskettes.
Peter Cetinski shares two fun applications for Peter Bartlett’s MISE hardware add-on. Even if you don’t own the MISE, the “Model I System Expander”, the applications may still intrigue you.
The applications sort answer the question, “What might it have looked like if we had the Internet when the TRS-80 was one of the most popular machines around?” Of course the question is a bit absurd, but still fantastic!