Old TRS-80.com Guestbook
2006 – 2010
|Name:||Lynn Scherzinger (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Wed 24 Nov 2010 11:59:52 AM EST|
|Subject:||How I wish I had my old dos-based computer again!|
Ira, this is truly a great stroll down memory lane! I am going to see if I have some old TRS-80 commercials for you in my stash of stuff! I never had a TRS-80, but I did have an old old old old old Atari computer system that would make me stay up to all hours writing programs for. I subscribed to PC Magazine just for the Basic program codes they would publish. And my parents wondered why I wanted to name my cat “Syntax Error”. hahahaha
|Date:||Tue 08 Jun 2010 01:30:00 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRS-80 Model I, Level II, complete system on Ebay|
Moving… need to find a new home for my 1979 TRS-80 Model I: 16K, Level II, numeric keyboard, complete with CRT and fully populated LNW expansion interface, Aerocomp DDC, two 5″1/4 drives (only one case, power supply), power packs, 1200 baud Packard Bell modem and CJ-200 printer.
Excellent overall condition (in and out), no scratches, well kept and stored, color bright as new, CRT a bit moody: needs to warm up for full brightness. Look for it on Ebay, seller=ossieoak.
|Name:||Alan Page (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Thu 20 May 2010 08:20:45 PM EDT|
Recently had to repair my TRS-80 and some memory chips were damaged due to overvoltage. Bought item number 310135836860 at ebay – 10 memory chips. They work fine in my Model 1. Good price for a hard-to-find item.
|Name:||Bill Ritchie (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Wed 24 Feb 2010 01:34:57 PM EST|
|Subject:||My COCO fun days|
Enjoyed this site.. It reminds me of the FUN days I had with my COCO’s. I ran a Teletype (RTTY)
I have NEVER had that much fun with ANY computers after I stopped using COCO’s. It was great fun
Keep up the good site… LONG LIVE THE COCO!
|Name:||Martijn Kooijman (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Mon 25 Jan 2010 09:48:32 AM EST|
|Subject:||green screen on trs-80 model 4|
|Name:||Jon Livingston (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Mon 11 Jan 2010 04:08:22 PM EST|
|Subject:||Twin City Tandy Users Group Repairman, secretary|
Thanks for keeping the memories alive. I used to repair a lot of
|Name:||Matthew Wilkes (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Thu 10 Sep 2009 08:31:53 AM EDT|
Fantastic site – what a blast from the past! – I never owned a model III, but a couple of my friends had them. Remember Dancing Demon? !!! I later started collecting from e-Bay – magic machines. Cheers and keep up the good work
|Name:||Peter Dassow (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Fri 04 Sep 2009 12:20:37 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Greetings from germany, commendation, and a question|
Hi, I was really surprised to see such an amount of TRS-80 related articles, stories, hints etc.
Regardless of my question, I will recommend your site now also on my pages (I am not sure why I have not seen your site before…).
|Name:||Joel Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Wed 01 Apr 2009 05:58:04 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRS-80 Model IV|
I worked at Tandy Computer Assembly in San Antonio from 1983-84 where the Model IV’s were being built.
Built Z-80 home brew computer if anyone’s interested. It’s pretty simple stuff – www.joelowens.org
I still have my production Model IV schematics (pre-Gatorade board) that I troubleshot boxes and boxes of mainboards from. Is this something webmasters here would be interested in?
|Date:||Sun 11 Jan 2009 10:30:59 AM EST|
|Subject:||For the fun of it|
I cleaned out the shed and found the IV. It loaded, but I have some fixing to do.
Then I can figure out what disks I have, and re-learn how to run this thing.
|Name:||Neil Mcgill (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Tue 23 Dec 2008 09:47:04 AM EST|
|Subject:||basic game “clipper” for trs-80|
I used to own a trs-80 Model I and loved playing this game. has anyone out there got a disk image/cas image for this game. I can’t find it on the web, unless you know where I can download it from??
|Date:||Sun 19 Oct 2008 06:58:07 AM EDT|
I love using the emulator software, it takes me back to my youth but I can’t help feeling that there’s something missing. It would surely be more accurate if closing the emulator with a disk image loaded destroyed the disk? And isn’t there some way to emulate bad soldering? (I had a Video Genie) Oh and maybe the display isn’t blurry enough. No, really I do love the emulator, it’s a fine program. I learnt a lot on my old Genie, I probably used it nearly as much as I’ve now used PC’s. It’s interesting to see how fondly this machine is remembered by everyone, as it should be.
|Name:||Alan J Zett (now Nigel Alan Zett) (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Wed 02 Jul 2008 03:30:48 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Yes, I worked for SoftSide…|
I’m one of the original staff authors and programmers for SoftSide magazine… I’d love to tell you some of the stories of what went on behind the scenes. I am currently trying to look up all the old staff and have a reunion so if you know where any of them are, drop me a line. Those were the days… BTW, the name change was becuase I went on to become a professional musician before returning to software design.
|Name:||don macdonald (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Mon 26 May 2008 10:03:17 PM EDT|
|Subject:||trs-80 model I|
I was the proud owner at 12 years old of a trs-80 model I leve II 16k. I spent many an hour typing in games from Softside magazine..such as round the horn and my fav Santa Paravia. A very good lesson in debugging.lol. One can never forget the days of the Scott Adams adventures and then of course ZORK…..Long ago days that will never leave my memories…cheers to all you adventurers
|Date:||Thu 22 May 2008 10:56:18 PM EDT|
Memories indeed. As a radio Ham I wrote up a morse code program in edit assy, some 25 pages of script It worked extremely well interfaced using the audio out through a bridge rectifier and used the resultant DC pulses to key the transmitter via a relay Cct. Innovative Technology now lost in time. My son has just advised me he has a color TRS80 for free at his workplace, may grab it for historical purposes.
|Date:||Fri 25 Apr 2008 12:29:43 AM EDT|
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane! It brings back alot of memories of the good times.
Personal message to an old friend that may see this site:
Eric Hacker, if you read this, I haven’t heard from you for a long time, please email me at the address above, or call me on my cell, I’m still working for the same company (8 yrs now) and my cell number is still the same.
|Name:||Ron Kendall (@firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Tue 25 Mar 2008 11:19:28 AM EDT|
|Subject:||Tandy Color computer 3 and NitrOS-9|
I am still using a cocoIII at home and at work. I also are currently using my machines with NitrOS-9.
|Date:||Mon 25 Feb 2008 01:09:40 PM EST|
|Subject:||TRS-*) Model III|
I just acquired a Model III TRS-80 w/ Printer and accessories, it had not been covered and is extremely dusty…what is the best way to clean one of these rigs up?, I’m think Electronics motor cleaner in the aerosol can will do justice, also will be selling this rig too…
|Name:||Christine Vandehey (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Fri 22 Feb 2008 10:16:36 PM EST|
I found it weird when looking on the internet that a Don French would take claim to the TRS-80 computer that was actually built by Steve Leininger. Don French was just a buyer, he did not build the computer. It’s pathetic to see people try to claim what isn’t truly theirs.
|Date:||Mon 14 Jan 2008 04:20:00 AM EST|
|Subject:||my first relationship with computers|
I was 10 when trs80 mod I was released and few month later a tandy shop opened in my area (south belgium) i had luck as the shop keeper let me spend all my free time in his shop (he said i was the best advertisement for the computers).
thank you for this site that let me be a kid again for a while.
|Name:||Georg Fischer (G-F-I@t-online.de)|
|Date:||Thu 18 Oct 2007 04:00:47 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRS80, Model I, Level II, Newdos|
With much help of Ira i got from the TRS80-floppy-files the emulator-images (.DSK, .DMK). Perfekt, what Ira does.
Background: my father began writing programs with his TRS-80 in 1980, and he works with this computer up to now, every day:
Thank you Ira. And thanks to the people that program and support the emulators.
|Date:||Mon 17 Sep 2007 06:20:01 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRS-80 Model I %26 III|
I bought my first Mod I in 1979,bought a few programs, traded for a bunch of prograns and eventually upgraded to the full Monty. Expansion interface, dual floppies, 300 baud modem, the works. I was a techie, so i eventually got around to modifying that machine greatly, putting lower case into it, speeding it up (too Much at one point). It was a great little machine, but a pain when i was moving aroud state to state. Never failed me though, I eventually traded it off for a model three. which i still have. but the monitor circuitry failed last year and i havent fixed it yet. I do have a lot of software and manuals for the model three, and might even have the stuff for the model one. I have actually built a wire wrap version of the model one also, but used a small tv for a monitor..Never did an audio mod, but did put a radio nearby occasionally. At one point, i owned 3 other mod ones and 5 mod 3’s. traded them all off eventually except for the one Mod III i have now. It is 48k dualsided floppy’s with everything. even has a 1200baud modem. I’d like to design and build it up to 10 Mhz eventually and put a 56k modem mod on. but it’s more of a toy now thatn a useable machine. Anyway, “LONG LIVE the MOD I/III!!!
|Name:||Graeme Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Sun 09 Sep 2007 05:22:51 PM EDT|
I was with Radio Shack from 1974 through 1978. I started as a part-time salesperson in Ellicot City and later was manager of two different stores in the Baltimore area (Severna Park and then Columbia Mall), and then helped open and manage a new warehouse near Charleston, SC. I remember very clearly being in the audience at the regional store manager’s gathering in Philadelphia in August 1977 when the upcoming new products were being introduced. I remember the presenter (I think it was Bernie Appell) saying enthusiastically that we were going to be introducing a COMUPTER — and several hundred store mangers sitting there thinking “we’re getting a WHAT???” Of course, sales were far better than any of us expected that day.
In this site’s page about the Model I it says “The Model I was discontinued in January of 1981 due to its failure to meet the FCC’s Radio Frequency Interference rules.” In the stores, we had turned that into an advantage. The Model I did not have any audio capability, but we found that an AM radio placed next to the case would create wonderful sound effects, especially for space warfare games. It was great for arousing interest in kids.
I remember hearing that the silver color was because the group building it got a special price on a lot of the silver paint used on the Chevrolet Corvette. But I don’t have any verification of that.
I remember when the 5 MB hard drive (26-4130) came out. I was fortunate to have one customer buy two of them. We joked that one would be for all the programs ever written and the other would be for all the data ever recorded. Neither of us realized the exponential growth that would start a few years later …
Thank you for creating an maintaining this site!
|Name:||Dr. Steve Reynolds (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Sun 22 Apr 2007 09:19:12 AM EDT|
|Subject:||Any recommendations after 30 years in the box?|
I still have my TRS-80 Model I Level II (16K) along with the peripherals and just about every piece of software (cassettes) and documentation/books that were available at the time I purchased it. It has all been boxed and stored for almost 30 years. I think this summer I will pull it all out and see if it will fire up! Any do’s or don’t ‘s would be appreciated.
|Date:||Wed 14 Mar 2007 02:40:51 AM EDT|
|Subject:||Keepin the faith!|
Heya Ira! Just dropped by to see what I havent downloaded lately..lol…
|Name:||Gunnar Söderström (@ firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Mon 05 Mar 2007 02:20:32 PM EST|
|Subject:||links to a good free assembler for the Z80 CPU|
Hello every generous reader!
I’m a youngster from Sweden who is fashinated by the Z80 CPU and want to create a little
|Name:||Andrew Titus (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Mon 05 Feb 2007 07:23:50 AM EST|
This site is wonderful. How I cherised those Radio Shack computer catalogs! I came into TRS-80’s when they were new and I was 13, so I can be really nostalgic about them now. My second job was programming BASIC- and that version of it is simply a beautiful bit of programming. I still have burned into my head the line editor commands even though I haven’t used them for 21 years now- and it probably would be frustrating to use if I had to go back to it. Once again, great site and thanks for the memories.
|Date:||Mon 05 Feb 2007 04:59:41 AM EST|
|Subject:||Video Genie EG 3003 and tapes %3E20 years|
I just get my EG3003 from e-bay this weekend (I had one in the 80’s).
Playing SeaDragon or Penetrator was a wunderful feeling 🙂
|Name:||S. Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Mon 01 Jan 2007 02:36:25 PM EST|
|Subject:||Models II, 12, 16|
I have several 8 in. drive machines available for free in Western WA State for pickup. I am not interested in shipping them. Also quite a bit of original software for them. These were working machines when last used in the mid 90’s and we have a couple of parts machines available too. Happy new Year, S. Marshall
|Name:||Enio Danzmann (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Wed 01 Nov 2006 07:32:39 PM EST|
|Subject:||I just loved TRS80 III|
Greetings from Brazil.
I am a former user of TRS80 model III. Here in Brazil there was a clone named Prologica CP-500. I remember in that days there was two main lines: TRS-80’ers and Apple II’ers.
Nice to see a site like this, remembering to the people there is intelligent life beyond the PC.
|Name:||Eileen Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Mon 23 Oct 2006 04:35:45 PM EDT|
I now have 4 Dell machines … this is being done on an Inspiron8600 laptop with all the bells and whistles and USB cables threading through it to various peripherals. But I keep a really warm spot in my heart for my original, first computer. My TRS80-Model III. Two disk drives, 48K RAM and I had to program most of the things I needed for business myself. I used BASIC and even had a COBOL compiler. But best of all was my 300 Baud modem. What speed !!! What speed?? LOL !!
I was really happy to stumble on this site. I can’t seem to find anyone else here who can remember a computer without any hard drive at all.
Now I have to read what the rest have to say. Thanks for being here !! Eileen
|Name:||Phil Meadway (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Tue 10 Oct 2006 07:11:32 PM EDT|
|Subject:||re: TRs80 Early model|
just got it out of the box – it’s actually serial number A000031!
|Name:||Phil Meadway (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Tue 10 Oct 2006 06:34:32 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRs80 Early model|
I have a TRS-80 Model I serial number 000034A. The motherboard has some manual patches to it, so I assume it’s some sort of prototype.
It’s not been fired up for years, last time I tried it booted OK but basic was a bit AWOL (it’s in an EPROM rather than a ROM I seem to recall, and time has taken it’s toll)
I’ve had this machine since I was a teenager (I’m 46 now!), I bought it from a DEC engineer when I first started work.
I’d love to get it going again. Anybody in UK that can help me?
I’ve also got the expansion unit, 2x 80K floppy disk drives and the ‘graphics’ box which gives you character mapped graphics. I had a printer somewhere (the one that worked like a plotter with mini ball point pens) but I don’t hold out much hope of finding that, after moving house 8 or 9 times since!
Phil Meadway (aka Pip)
|Date:||Thu 28 Sep 2006 06:41:04 AM EDT|
|Subject:||Congratulations on a truly excellent site.|
I’m one of the generation who was fascinated by the new technology in the late ’70s, but I was too young (mid teens) to be able to afford any of the offerings (PET, TRS-80, UK101, Nascom etc).
Now I can. Emulators are OK, but nothing like owning the real thing. I recently bought a 4D and I’m now trying to get it to work (disk problems).
This site is a work of art – I hardly need to go anywhere else.
|Name:||Dorothy Rosa (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Tue 22 Aug 2006 05:59:17 PM EDT|
|Subject:||What a joy!|
What a joy to find so many of the old issues of 80 Micro archived here. During its final year, I had the privilege of working as its managing editor, along with a brilliant cast of unforgettable characters. Thanks for keeping this venerable grande dame alive.
|Name:||Jim Stutsman (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Sat 12 Aug 2006 06:01:31 PM EDT|
I don’t remember the date, but I still remember sitting in Harold Mauch’s office at Percom Data Company in Garland, Texas. Hal had been working on a way to do double density floppy I/O on the TRS-80 Model I. The data was read in a polling loop, and it took just a few too many clock cycles to read double density. I worked out a different kind of loop that looked like it would work, at least on paper. We worked up a test system, using an 8″ floppy as the double-density source, and were able to successfully read and write data. Hal worked up a board that plugged into the disk controller chip socket. His engineer Wayne Smith worked out the logic to switch between the single density and the double density controller chips, and the “Percom Doubler” was born. A few months later I worked out the patches for NewDos, and partnered with Russell Lynne to market it as the “Double Zap.”
A few years later, when the TRS-80 Model IV was released, I wrote a CP/M BIOS for John Lancione at Montezuma Micro, and thousands of copies of Montezuma Micro CP/M were sold. I also worked up an early desk utility pop-up program called “Monte’s Window.” Around that time I also did a little writing for Charlie Butler, publisher of “The Alternate Source” in Lansing, Michigan. I did an advice column under the pen name of Jesse Bob Overholt.
Those were wild and crazy days, and we had an awful lot of fun. I’ll be forever grateful to Hal, who convinced me to quit my “Dilbert” corporate job, and start my own business. These days I don’t do nearly as much software as I did back then, and it’s nice to remember the “players” from the old days. Thanks for keeping the memories alive. After 5 moves, I no longer have anything left from that time.
|Name:||Tahir Kayani (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Fri 11 Aug 2006 05:20:31 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Down Memory Lane|
I worked for Tandy/Radio Shack from 1981 to 1984 in their downtown Fort Worth corporate head quarters. I did a lot of work with the Model II %26 16. I have such good memories of those days. Recently I went back to Fort Worth for a visit and was saddened to see the corporate office lying derelict and the train from the parking lot no longer runs. Very sad but I suppose that’s progress.
|Name:||Larry Berk (LBerk@yahoo.com)|
|Date:||Fri 11 Aug 2006 04:37:27 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Former RS employee / exec|
Your site is a real trip down memory lane. I was a Radio Shack employee starting in 1969 and moved up through the ranks from salesperson, store manager, manager of one of their computer stores, regional manager, buyer, Manager of the Computer Buyers and ultimately one of the founders of their Computer City business. I helped put together several of the catalogs you feature here, traveled to the far east to look at products to add to the line, etc. Some fond memories:
It was all great fun. Joe Sigler, I know were you are. Dick Brown, Tom Palmquist, Jimmy Ditucci, Bob MacQuigg, David Frager, LaDonna Womochel, Bill Wilson, where are you guys?!!
|Date:||Fri 11 Aug 2006 03:04:19 PM EDT|
This is such a cool site. My first laptop was a TRS-80 100 and then I got a 102. I did a lot of programing and bbsing on those old things. Verry cool….
|Name:||Papa Bass (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Mon 17 Jul 2006 03:54:43 PM EDT|
|Subject:||80 Microcomputing – Volume 70 – November, 1985|
Windowpad was one of the programs I wrote for the TRS-80. You would never believe the story and history surrounding that program. Go to my web site and read the Hot News Section. I’ll give you one guest who is trying to shout it down. Tell everyone I said Hi, and keep the excellent work up.
|Name:||Kyle Wentworth (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Thu 29 Jun 2006 10:08:19 PM EDT|
|Subject:||TRS-80 Model IV 26-1067|
Wow!! It has been a very long time and the memories…Oh the memories.
I’m glad to see that there are others that like to stir up the dirt.
|Date:||Mon 08 May 2006 10:22:10 AM EDT|
|Subject:||Ball Turret Gunner|
This game was released in 1979 by Instant Software.
|Date:||Fri 21 Apr 2006 06:55:21 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Let it rolls|
This web site is great. Very informative and complete.
|Date:||Fri 14 Apr 2006 09:57:53 PM EDT|
|Subject:||Great Information !!|
Please keep and continue to maintain this site all the time.
|Date:||Tue 21 Mar 2006 11:56:19 PM EST|
|Subject:||Just got back into CoCo|
I now have a Coco II, and a CoCo III. Still looking for a CoCo I for a reasonable price.
Also looking for the cassette game “Madness and the Minotaur”. If you have it, or know where I can get it, please let me know. Yes, I actually want it on cassette!
This is a great site, and what a wonderful resource! Quite a trip down memory lane too!
|Name:||Rainer Fredrich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Sat 18 Mar 2006 04:32:07 AM EST|
|Subject:||Great times are back again …|
… with this great resource.
|Name:||King The (TheRealKingThe@yahoo.com)|
|Date:||Tue 14 Feb 2006 01:36:54 AM EST|
|Subject:||I have returned!|
This is the best site ever… It’ been 20+ years since we last met. I miss you.. I own you. We are Ira..
|Name:||fritz chwolka (email@example.com)|
|Date:||Sun 12 Feb 2006 06:53:35 PM EST|
|Subject:||thanks for your help|
Hello… I think your side about TRS ist one of the best, greatest, well known and.. and…
Thanks from germany – fritz chwolka who first had an EACA Colour Genie years ago.
|Date:||Sun 12 Feb 2006 12:34:18 AM EST|
Just saying hi…
|Date:||Fri 20 Jan 2006 02:40:22 PM EST|
Welcome to the nth generation of guestbooks for www.trs-80.com.