Trash Talk Live on September 26th

TRS-80 Trask Talk LIVE is coming up on September 26, 2020 at 5PM Eastern Time (2PM California Time).

In addition to the usual revelry and camaraderie of our typical live show, we’ll be having a few special presentations to make up for the lack of Tandy Assembly this year. 🙁

Arno Puder and Andrew Quinn will be giving a presentation and demonstration of two exciting new TRS-80 projects, TRS-IO-M1 and PocketTRS.

Here are some of the highlights:
TRS-IO-M1:
  • TRS-IO port to the M1
  • Supports all features of TRS-IO (FreHD, RetroStore, trs-nic, etc)
  • Same code base as the TRS-IO MIII
  • Has a 32kB SRAM chip included
  • Auto-boot feature
  • Fully Open Source
PocketTRS:
  • Hardware emulation of a MIII
  • Display via VGA. Color can be set to green, white, or amber
  • Keyboard via PS/2
  • Audio interface can be used for game sound as well as cassette input (500 Baud only)
  • I/O expansion bus emulation: one can connect external cards such as FreHD
  • Has TRS-IO embedded
  • Fully Open Source
Then, Tim Halloran will give us a short demo and progress report on hacking the CHOMRAtrs.

Despite glacial postal service between the US and Australia and chip shortages, a few of the new CHROMAtrs boards from Ian Mavric are working (based on work by Pascal Holdry). You may not know that Robert S French released much of the software (Ira’s site) and it is possible to obtain the code and work on it. That’s what Tim Halloran has been up to (with help from George Phillips) — in particular making it easier for cassette-based systems to use the board.

So mark the date and time and come join us on Zoom. Everyone is welcome, even fans of other vintage computer platforms. See you on Zoom!

To attend, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86907465958?pwd=a1lLQzFKaGN0dzludU9MWUs2TDhsUT09 at the appropriate time!

Hope to see you there!

September 2020 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the March 2020 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter.

Contents:

PAGE 4
COMPETITION Q & A’S
GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!
PAGE 7
IN MAV’S WORKSHOP
MORE MOJO FOR YOUR MODEL 4! MAV INTRODUCES THE 4CELLERATOR
PAGE 21
PATCHING BIG FIVE’S ATTACK FORCE FOR TRSDOS 1.3
KYLE SORTS OUT HOW TO RUN ATTACK FORCE.
PAGE 29
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO TRANSFER CASSETTES TO YOUR PC
PAGE 38
TRS-80 I•BASQUE TOURNAMENT
A REVIEW AND RESULTS FROM THE COMPETITION
PAGE 43
TIME CALC
ET COMES UP WITH ANOTHER ONE-LINER TO CALCULATE HOURS WORKED OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD (ROUNDED, OF COURSE!)
PAGE 45
IN MAV’S WORKSHOP
IAN CONTINUES WITH PART 4 Of HIS CN80 MODEL 4 MOUSE PROJECT
PAGE 57
STRETCH YOUR MIND
HAROLD SENDS US ANOTHER ‘MATCH STICK’ PUZZLE
PAGE 59
LINE SURPRISE
HERE’S A SUPER LITTLE BASIC PROGRAM FROM GEORGE WHICH WAS INSPIRED FROM THE ‘NUMBERPHILE’ WEBSITE
PAGE 64
THE WAY WE WERE
INTERESTING BIT AND PIECES ‘FROM THE DAY’
PAGE 77
A SELECTION Of UK EBAY BARGAINS OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS – DID YOU GET LUCKY?
PAGE 81
COMPETITION DETAILS – TIME’S MARCHING ON
ENTRY IS FREE SO GET YOURS IN BEFORE THE END OF NOVEMBER

It can be downloaded from his web site.

Site Updates Since the Last

  1. A number of Radio Shack service manuals are now available for download on the TRS-80 Manuals: Hardware Manuals Page. Downloadable items are shaded in gray for easy recognition.
  2. Jens Guenther updated SDLTRS2 to v1.2.12. Updates are:
    • Fixed issue #3 “Handle CapsLock key in SDL2” (reported by David Barr). (v1.2.12)
    • Fixed some crashes (Copy Buffer, “SuperMem” option). (v1.2.12)
    • Fixed bugs and other improvements. (v1.2.12)
    • Made Z80 debugger an optional feature. (v1.2.12)
  3. Zaps and Patches – Programs page has been updated with new patches:
  4. The Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page has been updated with the following new Technical Bulletins:

TRS-80 Trash Talk #37

First, the podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 37 is out now.

“In this episode we discuss a whole bunch of TRS-80 accessories and recent acquisitions. We then talk about the TRS-80 music album “Classical Mosquito” by Robb Murray. Then we dive into some interesting eBay sales of rare TRS-80 accessories. We wrap up with a review of the classic TRS-80 programming book “TRS-80 Assembly Language Programming” by William Barden Jr.”

You can download or listen at http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/.

Site Updates Since the Last

  1. I got 2 shipments of CLOAD tapes, one of which was completely and totally blank. 20 tapes, all blank. I converted the other set, and scanned the media for both. These are all online and available for download.
  2. In doing this I realized that the tutorial I have for reading tapes used Goldwave, which still exists, but costs. I updated the page to contain step by step instructions using the free program Audacity.
  3. I also realized that some permitted files were not present and some screen shots, media scans, etc. were missing, so I modified the ever increasingly hard to maintain program I use which generates the SQL based on various file comments other input files to audit for missing things. Hopefully this will keep the missing files and graphics low.