January 14, 2016 – German TRS-80 Forum
I have found out about a TRS-80 Forum in German. The link is http://trs80-forum.userboard.org/.
January 18, 2016 – Anyone Have a Model III Omikron CP/M Mapper?
If anyone has an Omikron CP/M Mapper for the Model III and the associated disks, can you please reach out. Thanks!
January 27, 2016 – TRS-80 Podcasts
Randy Kindig has a retrocomputing podcast found at http://floppydays.libsyn.com/. He has done 51 podcasts to date, with the following TRS-80 1/3/4 podcasts:
- Floppy Days Episode 8 – The TRS-80 Model I (Part I)
- Floppy Days Episode 9 – The TRS-80 Model I (Part II)
- Floppy Days Episode 20 – Peter Bartlett TRS-80 Model I MISE
- Floppy Days Episode 28 – TRS-80 Model II
- Floppy Days Episode 42 – TRS-80 Model III & 4, Michael Nadeau
For each podcast, Randy also includes the links referenced on the web site. Check it out!
February 12, 2016 – SUPERMEM 512K Upgrade for Model I – Schematics Available
Update: Pascal no longer permits downloading of his schematics.
Pascal Holdry has completed development of the SUPERMEM 512K memory upgrade for the Model I.
February 17, 2016 – ANOTHER TRS-80 Podcast!
Pete Cetinski has started up a TRS-80 related podcast. You can find it at http://www.trs80trashtalk.com.
March 1, 2016 – Another Author Authorizes Downloads!
Arthur Glecker, author of Weerd (sold by Big Five) has ok’d making Weerd available for download! Archive search results are live for that file. Thanks Arthur!
March 7, 2016 – New TRS8Bit Magazine
- Page 03 – In Mav’ S Workshop – Transformers Explained – Ian Mavric
- Page 09 – Iss – Instant Sort & Search Database – Molymerx Ltd
- Page 10 – Systrug Meeting News – Errol Rosser
- Page 13 – The Naming Of Planets – Et Fonehume
- Page 14 – Emails To The Editor
- Page 18 – Gnomic Video Genie Rom ‘a’ And ‘ B’ Reviews – Pete Bamfield And Lynn Smith
- Page 23 – In Mav’s Workshop – Ian Mavric
- Page 29 – Flying Bird – Et Fonehume
- Page 32 – 512k Ram For A Modell I – Pascal Holdry
- Page 37 – Cleaning A Model 3 Keyboard – Robert C Baruch
- Page 44 – On The Should Ers Of Giants – Herman Hollerith
- Page 45 – Trs-box – Peter Ceti Nski
- Page 47 – Back From The Dead! – Garry Howarth
- Page 49 – In Mav’ S Workshop – Cp/m On The Model 1 With Mappa-1 – Ian Mavric
- Page 58 – Mav ‘ S Quarterly – Ian Mavric
- Page 61 – Drac064 – Bas Gialopsos
March 8, 2016 – Virtual Disk Kit ported to Linux
Mike Gore has ported Miguel Dutra’s TRS-80 Virtual Disk Kit v1.6 to Linux.
March 19, 2016 – Banc 256K Upgrade for Model I – Schematics
Update: Pascal no longer permits downloading of his schematics.
Pascal Holdry has completed development of the Banc 256K memory upgrade for the Model I. According to Pascal – this mod requires only a single cut to the Model I PCB.
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  Fixing a bug that caused invalid 40-track JV1 disk images to be created,  TRSTools can usually recognize multiple LDOS/LS-DOS partitions in FreHD hard drive images, and  Support for handling TRSDOS 2.3B disk images is improved.
March 23, 2016 – VDK-80 DSK/DMK Utility Updated to v1.7
Miguel Dutra’s TRS-80 Virtual Disk Kit utility has been updated to v1.6. I do not have a changelog, but know that this version fixes a major bug identified earlier this week by Mike Gore.
The file can be downloaded here or on the Virtual Disk Utilities Page.
April 13, 2016 – Model 4, Model 100, and Model 200 for Local Pickup or Cost of Pack/Ship
UPDATE: Machines have been claimed.
A site visitor located near Detroit, Michigan has a Model 4, Model 100, and Model 200 which are available either free for local pickup or for the cost of pack and ship. As always, first come first served. Details as follows:
- TRS-80 MODEL 4 with 48K RAM, Anti-Glare Screen, Model III Dust Cover
- Manual – Model 4 Disk System Owner’s & Disk
- Manual – Addendum to Model 4 SuperSCRIPSIT and Customer Service Bulletins
- Manual – Model 4 Quick Reference Guide
- Manual – SuperSCRIPSIT
- Manual – VisiCalc v2.09.02
- Manual – Advanced Statistical Analysis
- Manual – Scripsit Ver. 1.02.03
- Manual – Audio tape cassettes titled “Model I/III SuperSCRIPSIT”
- Manual – SuperSCRIPSIT Dictionary
- Manual – Videotex Plus
- Manual – Alcor Pascal
- Manual – Model III Profile III Plus
- Software – Scripsit Boot-Disk (Backup disk)
- Software – Scripsit Program (Backup disk)
- Software – Scripsit Speller (Backup disk)
- Software – Visicalc Model III (Workdisk)
- Software – Model 4 TRSDOS and BASIC Interpreter
- Model 100 with case, power supply, 2 legs
- Bar code reader
- Club 100 User Group Newsletters
- Model 100 Quick Reference Guide
- Model 200 with case, power supply, 4 legs
- Model 200 Owner’s Manual
- Model 200 Multiplan Manual
- Model 200 Telecom Manual
- Model 200 BASIC Reference Guide
- Model 200 Application Quick Reference Guide
DW PRINTER II – LOCAL PICKUP ONLY
- Daisy Wheel Printer 2
- Optional Tractor Kit
- Dust Cover
- Tractor Paper
April 14, 2016 – TRS-80 Game Presentations at GDC
For those of you who have not had a chance to see Jim McGinley’s GDC presentations on TRS-80 games, both his 2012 and 2016 presentations are available online.
- Inspiration from the Trash: The TRS-80’s Lost Game Designs.
- Emptying the Trash: A Last Look at TRS-80 Game Designs.
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.
May 5, 2016 – One Millionth Visitor
George Phillips, who has made many many contributions to the TRS-80 and the attempts to keep it alive through emulation, was the site’s 1,000,000th visitor, and was kind enough to take a screen grab. Thank you George, and to the 999,999 other visitors helping to keep the TRS-80 alive!.
May 10, 2016 – New Book (Cover) thanks to David Sutherland
A new book (cover) has been added to the archive: Invitation to Cobol for the TRS-80, written by Lawrence L McNitt and published by Petrocelli Books in 1983.
May 11, 2016 – New Book (Cover) thanks to David Sutherland
A new book (cover) has been added to the archive: Real-Time Control With the TRS-80, written by Russel Genet and published by Howard W Sams in 1982.
June 2, 2016 – New Software Manuals (Cover) thanks to Pascal!
Company/Author: Micro Systems Software
TOSEC: DOSPLUS v3.5 (19xx)(Micro-Systems Software)[FR]
Company/Author: Apparat Inc
TOSEC: NewDOS-80 v2.0 (19xx)(Apparat Inc)[FR]
June 3, 2016 – New TRS8Bit Magazine
June 6, 2016 – Buffered Expansion Interface Cable for Model I – Schematics
Pascal Holdry has completed development of the buffered expansion interface cable for the Model I.
June 20, 2016 – 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 busy porting a version of Kermit (file transfer protocol) that does proper hardware handshaking, and creating a Linux CP/M cross assembler in the process.
June 28, 2016 – Printer Interface Cable for Model I – Schematics
Pascal Holdry has completed development of the printer interface cable for the Model I.
July 13, 2016 – Model I and Model 4P For Free (or Cost of Shipping)
A site visitor has advised the following is available either free for local pickup or for the cost of pack and ship. As always, first come first served. Details as follows:
I have both a working TRS-80 Model I w/expansion interface and a Model 4p. Unfortunately most of the daily use software disks no longer read. I also have a hard disk drive for the TRS-80 from Clone Computers that no longer boots up. In addition I have manuals in good condition for TRSDOS 6.0, Dosplus 3.5 & 4.0, Montezuma Micro CP/M,and a Model 4p service manual. There are original software disks, not used except for installation, that may or may not be readable. We are moving and I will give it all away to whomever is interested in paying the freight or picking it up, rather than tossing it. We are located near Chagrin Falls, OH.
July 23, 2016 – R.I.P. 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.
July 27, 2016 – Percom Doubler II – Schematics
Pascal Holdry has completed development of the Percom Doubler II for the Model I.
August 2, 2016 – TRS-BOX on any TRS-80 with a RS-232
Pete Cetinski has improved his TRS-Box so that it now works with a serial port.
TRS-Box is a Dropbox client for the TRS-80 Microcomputer. It allows you to navigate and copy files from and to your Dropbox from your TRS-80.
Trs-Box used to require a TRS-80 Model I with MISE or a TRS-80 Model III or 4 with M3SE, but Pete has gotten it to run on any floppy or hard disk enabled TRS-80 which has a RS-232 interface (although will need to buy a serial-IP adapter).
August 27, 2016 – Trash Talk Podcast
If you are on Twitter, follow TRS-80 Trash Talk for all Tweets TRS-80. 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.
September 6, 2016 – New TRS8Bit Magazine
September 22, 2016 – Pete Cetinski offers 8″ Archive Services
Pete Cetinski has a setup where he can read 8″ TRS-80 disks. Details can be found here.
October 8, 2016 – Omikron CPM for Model 3 Anyone?
Pascal Holdry is looking for a DMK image of the CP/M made by Omikron to work on a Model III with an Omikron mapper card. If anyone has a disk with this software please contact me at contactira at trs-80 dot com.
October 17, 2016 – TRS-80 Repairs in Canada
Richard Wyatt has been added to individuals who can repair TRS-80’s. Richard is based on Canada. For those needing TRS-80 repairs in Canada, consider emailing him. Information can be found on the TRS-80 Repairs page.
November 6, 2016 – TRS-80 Replacement parts
Ian Mavric has modern replacement hardware for those in need of the following:
- Model I RS-232 Cable
- Percom Doubler for the Model I
- Grafyx Hi-Resolution Board for every Model 4 (4, 4P, 4D)
- Buffered Cable for the Model I Expansion Interface
- Omikron Mapper-1 for the Model I
- Of course, this is on top of the FreHD product
Those interested should reach out to Ian at IanM at TRS-80 dot com.
December 5, 2016 – New TRS8Bit Magazine
December 6, 2016 – Schematics – RS-232 Rev B
Pascal Holdry has completed development of a revised (smaller/simpler) RS-232 interface for the Model I.