January 26, 2017 – TRS-80’s Free for Local Pickup (Detroit)

Multiple computers / parts / books / accessories for Models I, II (3 of these), III, 4 (regular and portable) available free for local pickup in Lake Orion, Michigan (about 30 minutes north of Detroit).

As always, to keep away those would say “hey, would you ship” (when the above states local pickup only), please contact me if you can do a local pickup and I will relay in the order received.


January 28, 2017 – Bryan McKay Gives Permission for Downloads

Bryan McKay has given permission to make his programs downloadable. This includes his wonderful TRSDOS 6 Survival Kit and other utilities. Thank you Bryan!


February 3, 2017 – Bryan Mumford and David Lagerquist (Owner of CLOAD) Give Permission for Downloads

I am pleased to advise that both Bryan Mumford and David Lagerquist have given permission to have their programs made available for download! For those who do not know, David is also the owner of CLOAD; so not only is the software available for download, so are the CLOAD magazines I scanned. Thank you so much Bryan and David!


February 10, 2017 – TRS-80 Sighting – Sleepy Hollow

The team is trying to build a Faraday Cage.


February 19, 2017 – TRS-80 Sighting – Walking Dead

As Rick battles a zombie in the pit at the home of the Scavengers, a Model 3 (or 4) can be seen. He later picks it up and hits the zombie with it!


March 2, 2017 – TRS-80 Books for Free Local Pickup – Cape Town, South Africa

Free TRS-80 books for those willing to drive down to Cape Town.

What? Not living in South Africa? You can dream like the rest of us I suppose. Pass it on.

He originally planned to trash these (-!) but is willing to workout local pickup.

To contact Eric Voigt about obtaining these please reply on Twitter.


March 6, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine

Dusty has released the March 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.


March 9, 2017 – New Emulator – “Sharp 80” Model III Emulator

Matthew Hamilton has released a completely rewritten version of his Model III emulator for Windows. It is free and the code is open source. Visit his site http://www.sharp80.com for details!


March 15, 2017 – New Emulator – Another Author OK’s Downloads

William Demas, author of those amazing talking adventures and other software, has reached out and given permission to have his files downloaded. The links are all live. Thank you, Bill!


March 23, 2017 – TRS-80’s Free for Local Pickup (Thousand Oaks, California)

Free for local pickup in Thousand Oaks, California: Two complete Model I systems + LNW expansion kit. Original owner.

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.


April 3, 2017 – John Waitkus

John Waitkus has turned over his TRS-80 software collection for archiving; thank you so much John!

If any of John’s old crew happens to read this, he would love to hear from you — please reach out to him at john at cws dash computersolutions dot com


June 1, 2017 – Another Author OK’s Downloads

Mike Gore, author of Intersoft C v2.5 has ok’d downloads of his software and manual. Thank you, Mike!


June 6, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine

Dusty has released the June 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.


June 10, 2017 – Model 100 for Free for Local Pickup (Finksburg, MD)

Free for local pickup in Finksburg, Maryland: TRS-80 Model 100 (it works), a modem, a printer, software, manuals, AC adapter and a data cable. It also comes with he original cassette tape recorder but that doesn’t work. The take-up reel doesn’t spin.

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.


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.


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.


July 28, 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; currently any type of disk that uses an index pulse before and after data (which includes the TRS-80). 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:


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.


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.


September 6, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine

Dusty has released the September 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.


September 18, 2017 – No More Schematics

Pascal Holdry has asked all sites to remove links to his reverse engineered schematics, which I have done. If anyone finds any here, please let me know, and if anyone wants to know why there are no links to Pascal’s site, now you know why.


September 29, 2017 – TRS-80 Model I Free for Local Pickup

A site visitor in the metro NYC area is offering a Model I system free for local pickup

  • Expansion interface
  • Monitor with antiglare
  • Modem 1, Modem 1B
  • Books
  • 3 external drives, 100’s of floppies
  • Service manuals
  • Cables, power supplies, etc.

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.


October 17, 2017 – Blair Robins ok Downloads

Blair Robins has provided three sets of utilities, all of which are now available for downloading (search by author): Sorted Directories for TRSDOS 1.3 and 2.7DD/2.8DD, Purge utilities for the same, and Copy Programs to and from TRSDOS v1.3 and TRSDOS v2.77. Thank you Blair!


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 30, 2017 – TRS-80 Mention

Saw this bit of trivia today on Tech Spot.


December 1, 2017 – New TRS8Bit Magazine

Dusty has released the December 2017 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on his trs-80.org.uk web site. You can find all of the issues on his downloads page.


December 5, 2017 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast #19

TRS-80 Trash Talk, a monthly podcast, has released Episode 19. The description is: In this episode Pete C. and Mav discuss the TRS-80 and it’s role in agriculture while discussing some recent acquisitions. Pete C. relates a tale about an interesting Tandy rescue trip to Newark, NJ. Then, we play a little TRS-80 generated music. Finally, in our continuing series of interviews with Tandy Radio Shack engineers, we talk to Paul Schreiber about his experiences working as a Tandy engineer.

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


December 13, 2017 – TRS-80 Model I Free for Local Pickup

A site visitor in the Alexandria, Virginia area is offering a Model I system free for local pickup.

Details (From the donator): Model I, Level II, 16K. I purchased in in 1980 at the Springfield Mall in PA. It was working when I boxed it up in 1985 and stored it in a bedroom. Now there is a problem. I’m able to enter and run a simple program, but the characters displayed on the screen aren’t as expected. I suspect the monitor is fine, and maybe a contact in the computer is corroded. I’m including the computer, monitor, power supply, cassette recorder, original box, two Level II Basic Reference Manuals and some cassettes.

Note (From Ira): My hardware expert, Ian Mavric, believes from the pictures that it is more than likely that the cause of the problem is that one of the video RAM chips has failed.

  • Model I, Level II, 16K Computer
  • Monitor
  • Power Supply
  • Cassette recorder
  • Original box
  • Two Level II Basic Reference Manuals
  • Some cassettes

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.


December 27, 2017 – TRS-80 TRS-80 Trash Talk Live – Dec 30th

There is going to be another TRS-80 Trash Talk Live show this Saturday, Dec 30th at 9pm EST. We will be chatting and streaming the show live on YouTube. We’ll also have a Skype call going for active participants that want to show off their TRS-80s or give a demo.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg.