June 25, 2012 – TRS-80 CP/M Page Added

Since I am trying to sort through the unsorted TRS-80 CP/M files I have, I have created a TRS-80 CP/M page.


The project is somewhat of a bear because the ONLY way I have figured out how to get files ONTO a CP/M virtual disk, is to utilize a program called NWD80CPM written by Blandford Computers for the Genie III running under an emulated CP/M disk; and for some reason they require you to enter the CP/M Destination Disk, the NEWDOS/80 Source Disk, the NEWDOS/80 Filename (NO WILDCARDS, even though they are supported under CP/M), A yes/no as to whether you want to add line feeds to carriage returns, and then a yes/no that confirms that the disks are mounted … FOR EACH FILE. Should you run out of disk space at any point in this process, you must start over, as not exiting the program gracefully leaves a corrupted directory. It also will not process filenames which are illegal under NEWDOS/80 even if they are legal in CP/M. It will also error out if you attempt to copy a zero length file.

  
Montezuma Micro CP/M 64K System

NWD80CPM

May 30, 2012 – More Search Options

May 30, 2012 – Search Options



The CATALOG NUMBER SEARCH PAGE and SOFTWARE ARCHIVE SEARCH PAGE continue to be updated, as do their underlying databases. In order to facilitate adding catalog numbers to the software archive, three new changes have been introduced … 1) Sorting can be done by catalog number (not a particularly useful feature) in the Software search and 2) You can search for all Radio Shack or Tandy software by entering TRS (capitals only) into the Author field of the software search (as some items were copyright Radio Shack and some Tandy; and neither search produced complete results independently), and 3) The catalog search page can limit results to Model I/III/4 only.

What strikes me is how many Radio Shack software products have not been archived. Had no idea it was that many.

May 17, 2012 – Still Cleaning / New Pages

May 21, 2012 – Still Cleaning / New Pages



As I continue cleaning (pages with a Model 4P on the top instead of a Model 100 have been completed) I have come across a few pages I had in development and never hooked up. While the MultiDOS pages (noted on the right menu) are still in development and will not go live until Vernon Hester says they can, I have added a pagefor my attempt to classify the TRS-80 ROMS.

May 13, 2012 – Cleaning Up The Site


The introduction of PC Operating Systems without direct hardware access (2000, XP, Visa, Windows 7) and without 16 Bit Access (Windows 7/64), and the removal of ISA ports and 5.25″ Disk Drive support in the BIOS of current PC’s, has left many pages on the site drastically out of date. I have been working to clean up and consolidate pages, move/remove software which is too old to run, and generally get rid of information which is no longer relevant or viable. The Disk and Cassette pages (both conversion and manipulation utilities) have been rewritten, the Emulator page has been cleaned up, the ORCH-80 page has been cleaned up, and the Scott Adams adventure page updated with new stuff. I have no the slightest clue how to make the Hardware Mods or the Zaps/Mods/Pokes/Tricks more user friendly, but perhaps inspiration will hit.

The revised pages will have a Model 4P on top (a system which this web site ‘supports’) instead of the Model 100 (a system which this web site does not ‘support’). Please report 404 errors on files, as those have been restructured and cleaned up as well.

April 3, 2012 – New TRS-80-related Android App (Live Wallpaper)


April 3, 2012 – New TRS-80-related Android App (Live Wallpaper)


    [Android Live Wallpaper]
Rob Cole has pointed me to an Android App (well, live wallpaper) on the Android Market called TRS-80 Android Live Wallpaper.” The company describes the app as:
   
           [Android Live Wallpaper]

“Now TRS-80 computer fans can personalize their android devices with something TRS-80 related! This recently released interactive live wallpaper from GNOTSOFT features the android that we all remember and love–an icon from our TRS-80 days!

This fun wallpaper features a lone android patiently looking around while you go about your business. It’s also interactive and will look over to where you touch on the screen!

The developers at GNOTSOFT have a deep appreciation for the TRS-80 and are excited to be developing for the android platform. Many more fun projects are underway! All feedback and suggestions are welcomed.”

    The market entry indicates it requires no “Special Permissions” and costs 99 cents.

January 9, 2012 – Ask Don French Your Questions

Don French, a buyer for Radio Shack who, after seeing a computer kit, designed a home computer which, together with Steve Leininger, became the TRS-80. Don has offered to answer your questions (to the extent he can). While no promises are made, please contact me with any questions you would like to see if Don French will answer. I will forward them to him and post questions and answers. I don’t know how long I will leave this open, but will post another news item when its time to close it.

Exciting stuff!