August 27, 2016 – Trash Talk Podcast

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.

Links:

  • TRS-80 Trash Talk Twitter Page
  • TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast
  • July 23, 2016 – R.I.P. Loyal Teac Drive

    It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of the Teac FD-55GFR drive which has been used to make people DOS disks and to read people’s disks for them. It was a loyal worker, but was felled by a particularly gnarly set of disks I was reading for someone. Its duties will be taken over by a Mitsubishi drive that seems to be doing well on its first day on the job.

    Model II Kermit File Transfer, Linux Cross Assembler and KBU Repair

    Chris Osborne, @FozzTexx, has been tweeting a lot lately about his TRS-80 Model II repairs and other adventures in restoration and use.

    Not only did he restore the keyboard to new-like state (using supplies from the Dollar Tree) he was been busying porting a version of Kermit (file transfer protocol) that does proper hardware handshaking, and creating a Linux CP/M cross assembler in the process.

    April 22, 2016 – Dutch TRS-80 User Group – Archive Online and New Website

    A long time TRS-80 related site, www.trs-80.nl, run by the Dutch TRS-80 Users Group has been updated.

    The Dutch TRS-80 User Group was established on 1 October 1978 to support the new home computer from Tandy, the TRS-80. The User Group made a quick start and grew to over 4000 members. It published a bi-monthly newsletter, Remarks, which was the main source of information for many first-time computer users. The yearly User Day was the main event for buying hardware, software and exchanging knowledge. With the demise of the TRS-80 the User Group became accordingly smaller. The remaining members aim to preserve the TRS-80 and the knowledge of this retrocomputer.

    To do so, the User Group today presents a new website and the complete archive of 108 newsletters, Remarks.

    The site is in Dutch, but for those using Chrome, Google will offer to translate the pages as you move around the site.

    March 21, 2016 – TRSTools Updated to v1.13

    Matthew Reed has updated TRSTools, a DSK/DMK Utility with the ability to show BASIC files de-tokenized, CMD files disassembled, graphic files as graphics, etc., to v1.13.

    Changes include [1] Fixing a bug that caused invalid 40-track JV1 disk images to be created, [2] TRSTools can usually recognize multiple LDOS/LS-DOS partitions in FreHD hard drive images, and [3] Support for handling TRSDOS 2.3B disk images is improved.

    You can download v1.13 here or visit Matthew’s TRSTools Page.