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.

August 14, 2017 – Floppy Days Podcast # 76 – Interview with Ian Mavric

Floppy Days podcast, devoted to all types of vintage computing, recently devoted a podcast to Ian Mavric. Ian is a TRS-80 hardware genius and has done many repair videos as well as providing hardware technical support to this site and many other accomplishments.

The Floppy Days podcast can be found at http://floppydays.libsyn.com/floppy-days-76-interview-with-ian-mavric-trs-80.

The podcast also points to the following sites:

• Mav’s web site – http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/trs80/
• To order FreHD parts – http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/trs80/emulator
• To order FreHD Clearly Superior sets – http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/clearlysuperior/
• TRS-80 Model 4 Hi-Res boards – http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/hires/hires.htm
• Fred Vecoven, Inventor of FreHD – http://www.vecoven.com/trs80/trs80.html

August 9, 2017 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast #16

TRS-80 Trash Talk, a monthly podcast, has released Episode 16. The description is: In this episode the Trash Talkers are back from summer vacation to wish the TRS-80 a happy 40th birthday. In the first segment, we talk about Tandy Assembly, VCFMW, TRS-XENIX, the Tandy 3, PC-1 and the Network 4. In the second segment, Randy Kindig interviews trs-80.com’s Ira Goldklang.

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

July 19, 2017 – DMK Format Catching On

While not TRS-80 related, it seems the DMK format is catching on. A French developer has written a command line utility to take DMK images of MSX disks, and convert them into a format usable by a SuperCard Pro device (which I suspect is something MSX related). Source is included if you want to have a look. The page can be found at http://lhalter.free.fr/mgr/

Also, the 80 Microcomputing Magazines and the Model 100 from the below posts are STILL available for those able to do local pickup.

June 21, 2017 – 80 Microcomputings Free for Local Pickup (St. Paul, MN)

While the free Model 100 (right below) is STILL available, another person is offering most of the 80 Microcomputing magazines for free for local pickup in the St. Paul Minneapolis area.

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.