January 1, 2019 – PCB Mount for Level II ROM Upgrade

Considering a Level 2 ROM upgrade but need a circuit board holder?

Luis Fernando Salazar posted on a [https://www.facebook.com/groups/trs80games/permalink/314159935871069/ – Hotlink Deleted] TRS-80 Facebook group a link to his 3D-printed plastic mounts to hold L2 ROMs on thingiverse.com. He has a couple other printed replacement parts there too.

With access to these files and a 3D printer you too can create these parts.

  • [http://www.plaidvest.com/newkey80 – Hotlink Deleted]
  • [https://www.facebook.com/groups/518576268291383/permalink/1195993173883019 – Hotlink Deleted]

January 1, 2019 – Model 3 or 4 USB Keyboard

Kyle Wadsten has released his interface boards for the Model 3 and 4 that allow plugging in modern keyboards into the classic TRS-80 Model 3 & 4 machines.

There are two different board designs, one for USB keyboards and another for PS/2 input. 

What I find very intriguing and helpful is the ability to use the existing keyboard along with a modern keyboard at the same time.

Check out more at his order page or on the Facebook announcement page at the links below:

January 10, 2019 – TRS-80 Manuals and Magazines – Free for local pickup or the cost of Packing/Shipping

A site visitor located in New Braunfels, Texas (central Texas, between Austin and San Antonio), has a bunch of magazines and original manuals to give away to a good home. Free for local pickup and he is willing to ship if you pay the cost of packing and shipping.

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received. First come first served.


January 24, 2019 – TRS-80 Add-Ons

Joe Rouceville has been designing and building peripherals for the Model I which he wants to share with everyone.

First is TRS80HDD. It is a way to run TRS-80 Model I disks from a SD card. Similar to a MISE but far less sophisticated. Schematics, instructions, and background can be found on his GitHub repository [https://github.com/calphool/TRS80HDD – Hotlink Deleted]. He hadvises that all parts are currently attainable at mouse, the edge adapter from DigiKey, and the schematics can be sent to allpbc for creation of a PCB.

Second is TRS80GS. It is an expander for a TRS-80 Model that includes Texas Instruments video and audio chips to permit the Model I to do color graphics and have 6 tonal voices and 2 drum voices. It also supports atari/commodore joysticks. Schematics, instructions, and background can be found on his GitHub repository [https://github.com/calphool/TRS80GS – Hotlink Deleted].

Thanks for keeping the TRS-80 alive, Joe!


January 29, 2019 – Screenshots Added

After almost 5 (!) months, I have completed preparing a relevant (or as relevant as it can be) screenshot for every single entry in the Model 1/3/4 archive. That is over 17,000 screenshots. This entailed running every single program to make sure it worked; a task made difficult by the fact that different programs run on different models, and different DOS’s, and may even be a different version of BASIC (ZBASIC, NewBASIC, GBASIC, BASICG, SuperBasic, etc). It was a project long in the coming.

I would like to give a special shout-out to George Philips for tweaking his TRS80GP emulator to assist in this effort.

Along the way I have found out things like:

  • Some Model I DOS’s toss the last line when reading a file saved in ASCII
  • TRSDOS and LDOS for the Model 4 are not simply the same OS
  • Model I TRSDOS does not support batch files
  • Model I LDOS requires a trailing slash when there’s no extension, making it largely incompatible with all multi-part programs
  • MultiDOS for the Model 4 has a special BASIC which can properly de-tokenize Model I/III BASIC
  • LDOS for the Model 4 has a special USR(11) function
  • There’s a whole class of software written for the Model III that can only run on a Model 4
  • Statements like INPUT@ and CMD"O" means its probably DOSPlus
  • Statements like NAME(AQ$,NQ%amp;,VARPTR(RF%)) means its DOSPlus
  • Statements like #GSUB or LINE a,b,c,d,SET or SOUND 4 or PGET or GPOINT x,y or INV a,b,c,d means its probably NEWBASIC
  • Statements like BREAK or x=SYS(12) means its probably BEYOND BASIC
  • Statements like EDIT(10,20,30) means its probably ZBASIC
  • Statements like @CLS means its MODEL 4 Micro Labs GBASIC
  • Statements like &CLS means its MODEL III Micro Labs GBASIC
  • Statements OUT 129 through OUT 131 means its Micro Labs GBASIC
  • Statements like CLR, GLOCATE, w{P, W&C 0, N/UM (x,y), LINE (x,y)-(a,z),0, PRINT#-3, PAINT, or VIEW means its probably BASICG
  • Statements like INC ALLOCATE BRKON EXIST$() and PLOT S,0,0 TO 127,Y and S,0,0 TO 127,Y means its Enhanced BASIC by Misosys/Philip Oliver
  • Statements like CMDClear and CMDGet means its Graphics-90 by Software Affair
  • Statements like BLINK, HIMEM, DPOKE, GLOAD, GSUB, GTO, PON, REPEAT, or SOUND a,b,c,d,e means its NEWBASIC by Modular Software Associates
  • Statements like PCLS, MODE 3, COLOR 5, DRAW"B,M240,96", CIRCLE 240,96,100,I means its LNWBASIC
  • Statements like HCIRCLE, HCLS param, HCOLOR param, HCOPY 1 (ou 0), HDISP M1,M2, HDPLOT, HLOAD, HPAGE nv , nrw, HPAINT X,Y, HPLOT, HPOINT (X,Y), or HSAVE are for the HRC-80 Computer
  • Statements like #OPEN, #CLOSE, #CLEAR, #CLS, #SET, #RESET, #POINT, and #LINE are for the HRG1 Graphics Card Add-On and run under the supplied BASGR.
  • Someone a lot smarter than I needs to figure out how the programs which POKE USR routines can possibly work in DOS
  • Model 4 Communication Programs usually need SET *CL COM/DVR run from the TRSDOS command line first
  • The LDOS command to set up a ramdrive in DCT format is SET (DRIVE=4,DRIVER="MEMDISK/DCT").
  • /APP files are for PRO-WAM
  • Misosys catalog program names are not the same names used in the program (i.e, “Pro-Duce” is really “Misosys Disassembler”)
  • People LOVED to put their names on other people’s software (or remove the attribution lines)
  • TRS80GP can do everything that Dave Keil’s DOS emulator’s could, but without needing to run DOSBOX!

February 12, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 28 is out now. In this episode, the Trash Talkers discuss how to buy and sell TRS-80s. Using their wealth of knowledge about the Tandy collector’s market they go in-depth on tips and techniques to use at live auctions, eBay, Craigslist and other marketplaces. Whether you’re buying, selling or doing both, you’re likely to learn quite a bit from their experience. You can download or listen at [http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/02/episode-28.html – Hotlink Deleted].


February 14, 2019 – TRS-80 Network Interface Card

Peter Cetinski has been working on a project that provides a simple, cheap, WiFi based, encrypted Internet communications via the TRS-80 by connecting to the Model III and Model 4 expansion port.

TRSNIC provides the foundational protocols required to implement modern network interactions on the TRS-80 microcomputer. The first such protocol provided is TCP/IP via an implementation of the Berekely Sockets API. TCP/IP is the dominant low level network protocol in use today. Many of today’s higher level network protocols like HTTP and FTP are implemented on top of TCP/IP. This means many modern networking applications and systems can be built upon the base TCP/IP support provided by trsnic.

You can read more about it at [http://www.pski.net/2019/02/03/trsnic/ – Hotlink Deleted] and [http://pski.net/trsnic-a-trs-80-wifi-network-interface-card/ – Hotlink Deleted] here.


March 4, 2019 – New Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the March 2019 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.

Contents:

  • Page 03 – TRS-80 8MB Hard Drive Three Wire Fix – Peter Cetinkski
  • Page 08 – TRS80GP – New Version v2.1.0 – George Phillips
  • Page 10 – Splicing Paper Tape – Bill Degnan
  • Page 13 – In Mav’s Workshop
    TRS-80 Printers Part 8
    Colour Printers – Ian Mavric
  • Page 26 – Magic Squares – E.T. Fonehume
  • Page 28 – Model I Hardware Developments – Joe Rounceville
  • Page 30 – For Sale And Wanted –
  • Page 31 – In Mav’s Workshop
    Building Your Model I Power Supply – Ian Mavric, Dean Bear And David Mutimer
  • Page 36 – Stop The Drop – E.T. Fonthume
  • Page 38 – Virtual Floppy Boogaloo
    Gotek For A M3 – Kyle Wadsten
  • Page 45 – In Mav’s Workshop
    Journey To F48, a Frehd For 8″ TRS-80’s – Ian Mavric
  • Page 52 – Trapped Knight – George Phillips
  • Page 56 – Review Of ‘x-bas’ For The Aculab Floppy Tape – Adrian Hancock
  • Page 64 – U.K. Ebay Bargain
    Did You Miss Them? –
  • Page 66 – TRSnic – Peter Cetinski
  • Page 73 – ** Hooj-toons ** The 2019 Competition –
  • Page 75 – News From Ira’s TRS-80.com – Ira Goldklang

March 5, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 29 is out now.

In this episode, In this episode, Peter Cetinski talks with Steve Leininger. Steve was the designer of the first TRS-80 microcomputer which became known as the Model I. In the interview, Steve talks about his early life and how he came to be hired by Tandy Radio Shack to design their first computer in 1976. He tells us what it was like to work at the fabled company with a number of interesting stories, many of which you you probably haven’t heard before. Then, he finishes up by discussing what he’s been working on since leaving the company up until the present day.

You can download or listen at [http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/03/episode-29.html – Hotlink Deleted].


March 6, 2019 – Updated TRS-80 Emulator

George and Peter Phillips have updated TRS80GP to v2.1.0

Changes include:

  • Better handling of floppy (formatting is the biggest)
  • .cmd files now loaded under TRSDOS/LSDOS rather than ROM BASIC.
  • Sound mute menu entry and auto-muting paused or using menus.
  • Full screen and new sharp rendering mode. (perfectly square pixels with scaling)
  • Reassigned and new hot keys
  • Disk files recognized by .dmk, .imd, .dsk suffix so can be listed without -dN on command line. Or with just -d if suffix unknown.
  • Can insert unformatted blank disks with “-d dmk” and “-d imd”.
  • Printer menu to turn off pop-up and turn off printer (also -poff).
  • Reset button and RAM badge added to soft keyboard.
  • Added IM mode, WZ register, EX latches and Z-80 instruction state to debugger.
  • BASICG and hires graphics utilities now on built-in Model II TRSDOS boot disk.
  • Handling of reset button and HALT instruction fixed on Model I.
  • Clock automatically set for Model 1, 3, 4 built-in TRS-DOS, LDOS and LSDOS.
  • Added -is, -ics, -id, -itime, -im trackdump and -showframe for automatic input “scripting”.
  • Add “Replace” to diskette menu for quicker eject + insert workflow.
  • Now have -m3n for Norcom emulation (99% just a different character ROM).
  • Bug fixes in screenshot when paused.
  • Beam debug now defaults to blue for conflict colour and shows the data that would have been displayed if the conflict did not occur.
  • Built-in Model 4 LDOS now configured for 4 floppy drives (it had only 2).

Learn more and get it at [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted]


March 8, 2019 – Site Update

I finally bypassed the bug that was keeping product advertisements from showing up when clicked on the Software search results. I am now going through all the catalogs I have, and am trying to add as many ads/catalog entries as I can. This includes a foree into listing items which are missing from the archive.


March 13, 2019 – TRS80GP Updated to v2.1.1

George and Peter Phillips have updated TRS80GP to v2.1.1

Learn more and get it at [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] or on the TRS-80 Emulator Page.


April 8, 2019 – New Cover thanks to David Sutherland

Title: Tandy Source Book Applications Software Vol 8
Year: 1986
Publisher: Tandy
Pages: 336
Cat No: 26-0215
TOSEC: Tandy Source Book Applications Software Vol 8 (1986)(Tandy)

I continue to try to add ads for files in the archive and missing entries for files which are missing. Unfortunately, this Sourcebook lists the vendor who submitted the item and price as the contact information instead of identifying the actual author of the program; making using it for these purposes impossible. I’ll continue going through magazines …


April 9, 2019 – TRS-80 Model I – Free for local pickup (DFW, Texas)

Update: Claimed in 4-1/2 Hours

A site visitor located in Hurst, TX (DFW Metroplex) has a Model I 26-1001, SN-001361 with monitor, cassette deck, manuals, games and payroll software, power supply, and cables. It powers up but many keys stick, and the cassette deck runs but the belt must be replaced. Free for local pickup ONLY.

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served.


April 12, 2019 – Site Updates

The following fixes and updates have been made to the site:

  • The MULTIDOS pages have been updated to HTML5 so they can now be read without being cut off. If there are other pages which are being cut off on the right, please let me know so I can fix those as well.
  • The Archive Search page now allows you to choose if you want to see missing files or files which are not missing.
  • The Archive Search page now has a ‘clear fields’ button.
  • The Archive Search page now allows for ‘noau’ in the Author field to filter out programs where the author is unknown.
  • The Archive Search results page now has a ‘New Search’ button.
  • There are now 1,594 missing files identified, 2,364 ads, and 17,578 screenshots

April 17, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 30 is out now.

In this episode, In this episode, Spring is in the air at Trash Talk headquarters, so we’ve been itchy to make quite a few acquisitions lately that we discuss, including a long weekend drive to Chicago. We also introduce a new TRS-80 search engine that should prove to be a highly valuable resource to the TRS-80 community. Then, we do some eBay shopping for TRS-80 computers and related items. Finally, we interview TRS-80 programmer Rick Papo. Rick was the author of several important reference books for the TRS-80 which included reverse engineered and highly documented system source code. These are invaluable references for the modern day Z80 assembler programmer.

You can download or listen at [http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/04/episode-30.html – Hotlink Deleted].


May 5, 2019 – Information on ORCH-85

Pascal Holdry continues his work to archive TRS-80 hardware. He has asked that if anyone has the connections for the Orchestra-85 map, please reach out to him at ph at prof-80 dot fr.

His work on the ORCHESTRA-80 can be found at [http://prof-80.fr/index.php/new-orchestra-80 – Hotlink Deleted].


May 23, 2019 – Two Site Updates

The site has been moved to SQL v5.7. This means that it was basically restored from a backup. Hopefully nothing broke 🙂

The Tandy Memo Page has been updated to include a bunch of Radio Shack Dealer/Franchise Updates.


June 1, 2019 – New Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the June 2019 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.

Contents:

Page 04
Now You See It!
Just For You L2 16k’ers, Here’s A Nice Little Article
Hubert C Borrmann
Page 05
In Mav’s Workshop
Trs-80 Printers – Part 9
Ian Mavric
Page 16
Binary Conversions Revisited
E.t. Remembers A Novel Way Of Binary Conversions
E.t. Fonehume
Page 20
The Exatron Stringy Floppy
Keith Gives A Review Of The Exatron.
Keith Carlson
Page 33
A Frehd For The 8″ Systems?
Conversations With Pascal Holdry, Eric Dittman, Hans Rietveld, Frederic Vecoven And Ian Mavric On The Latest Developments For The 8″ Range
Page 39
The Way We Were
A Couple Of Different, But Unique Items Of Interest From The Day
Page 47
2019 Competition – Full Details
Have You Entered Yet? Check-out The Prizes!
Page 48
In Mav’s Workshop
Trs-80 Coco Deluxe Rs232 Program Pak
Ian Mavric
Page 56
The Aculab Data Buffer – D89
A Brief Look At The Db9, A Data/printer Buffer From The Day
Page 58
In Mav’s Workshop
What Was Newdos/86 And 90?
Ian Mavric
Page 67
A Short Review Of The Aculab Floppy Tape

June 3, 2019 – Robert French Files and Manual

Robert French, author of ChromaBASIC for the ChromaTRS, has given me permission to make (almost) all of his software available for download, so if you search for Robert French, the files he ok’d should be live. Copyright notice is included in each ZIP.

Robert also provided the manual for the Chroma TRS as well. The link in the hardware manuals is live, but it can be downloaded here.

Thank you Robert, and thank you David Sutherland for your tireless efforts to get these permissions!


June 3, 2019 – Anyone have a ChromaTRS?

With Robert French’s contribution of ChromaBASIC, Pascal Holdry is looking for the actual ChromaTRS so that he can archive the hardware. Does anyone have such a thing that would be willing to take high res pictures of the top and bottom?


June 6, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 31 is out now.

In this episode, they discuss the latest Tandy Assembly 2019 updates, the 40th Anniversary of the TRS-80 Model II, archiving of rare Radio Shack Dealer Franchise documentation, the third Connecticut Vintage Computer Auction and a lot of acquisitions. Then, in the latter segment, Pete interviews Tandy Radio Shack Engineer Valerie See.

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/06/these-are-show-notes-for-episode-31-of.html – Hotlink Deleted].


June 8, 2019 – A Request from Scott Adams

Scott Adams, author of the great Scott Adams Adventures and owner of Adventure International, has asked that I post the following:

I am trying to get a project finished and I am not going to be able to do it without you.

My team and I have developed a 21st century version of text adventure games and we want to bring Adventureland back to life.

As a favor to me please watch [https://youtu.be/LRTnek2njA4 – Hotlink Deleted] this video and then go to https://www.patreon.com/Clopas to help.

Many thanks my friend and Happy Adventuring.


July 4, 2019 – New TRS-80 Program

Jim McClellan has just written “Just Another Hangman” for the Model I and Model III, and wants everyone to enjoy it.

You can download them through searcing for McClellan on the Archive Search page.


July 8, 2019 – TRS-80 Model I – Free for Cost of Pack/Ship – San Diego, CA

Update: Claimed in 9 Hours

A site visitor located in San Diego, CA has a Model I, Level 2, 16k, with Cassette player and user manuals, a collection of 80-Micro and other magazines, and about 60 programs on cassette. He says the computer boots and works fine.

It is free for the cost of packing and shipping.

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served.


July 9, 2017 – Floppy Days Podcast # 92 – Interview with Editor of CLOAD Magazine

Floppy Days podcast, devoted to all types of vintage computing, recently interviewed Mr. Dave Lagerquist, who was the editor of both the CLOAD cassette magazine, which was produced for the TRS-80 Model I and Model III, and Chromasette cassette magazine, which was produced for the Tandy Color Computer.

The Floppy Days podcast can be found at [https://floppydays.libsyn.com/floppy-days-92-dave-lagerquist-interview-editor-cload-and-chromasette – Hotlink Deleted].


July 30, 2017 – Unknown Commands

In my travels of reading disks and making sure the software runs, I have come across a few programs which use commands I cannot identify. I have check Snapp Extended BASIC, GBASIC, BASICG, LNWBASIC, LBasic, ZBASIC, NEWBASIC, etc. and I just can’t figure them out.

If anyone out there knows which Model 1/3/4 environment or software package may use the command LINPUT, please let me know. This command is part of Kim Watt’s Super Utility Help BBS, I think.

Thanks!

P.S. – David Sutherland researched and solved the mysteries of #CLS and HCLS.


August 2, 2019 – New Downloads Available

Brandt J Fine, author of Skyscraper and Gobbler, has graciously given permission to his files available for download, so if you search for Brandt J Fine, the files he ok’d should be live.

Similarly, Bill Prady has also graciously given permission to make his files available for download, so if you search for Bill Prady, the files he ok’d should be live.


August 3, 2019 – TRS80GP v2.12 Release

TRS80GP, the emulator which emulators not only the Models I, III, and 4, but also the Model II has been updated!.

Visit [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] The TRS80GP Web Page for the download and information, or here for the emulator.


August 6, 2019 – Model I Desk Free for Local Pickup in Lake Orion, MI.

Update: Claimed

TRS-80 Model I desk – with the cutouts for keyboard / EI and bays for disks which he says is in excellent condition.

It is free for local pickup only from [https://goo.gl/maps/eWfTcYYBbyLn7eAS8 – Hotlink Deleted] Lake Orion, MI (approx. 30 miles north of Detroit)

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served.


August 9, 2019 – Anyone have a CHROMATRS

UPDATE: The creator of the CHROMATRS has been working with Pascal.

Pascal Holdry is still working closely with the creator of the ChromaTRS reverse engineer the ChromaTRS, but there are still some questions about the circuit board that remain unanswered.

If anyone has a ChromaTRS would you please reach out. I think even just a high res photo of both sides of the board might do the trick in identifying some missing components.

Thanks.


August 13, 2019 – Model I Free for Local Pickup in Los Angeles, California

A site visitor has the following TRS-80 Model I hardware and other stuff to give away free for local pickup in Mar Vista/Los Angeles, California

  • TRS-80 Model I, lowercase kit, 16k
  • Original power supply
  • Monitor (not powering on)
  • Home-made Expansion Interface with 32k memory, printer port, disk controllers with power supply
  • 1 half-height double-density 5.25″ diskette drive
  • Home-made power supply for diskette drive
  • NEWDOS 80 v.II diskette
  • NEWDOS 80 photocopied manual
  • Photocopied Z-80 MASM manual
  • Photocopied Rmon manual
  • “TRS-80 micro computer technical reference handbook” Radio Shack catalog number 26-2103, with the Model I circuit diagrams and explanations.
  • “TRS-80 ROM Routines Documented” by Jack Decker, from The Alternate Source.

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served.


August 14, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 32 is out now.

In this episode they start by previewing the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2019. They have a lot of big news to relate regarding the 3rd annual gathering of Tandy Radio Shack computing enthusiasts in Springfield, Ohio. They also discuss a new document archiving project of original Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins. There’s the usual segments on new projects, new acquisitions, listener feedback and the book review. They then try to decide what do you do with a wall of Model I Video Displays. Finally, in their interview segment, Pete Cetinski talks to Tandy Radio Shack marketing executive Buzz Murphy. Buzz relates his experience at the company while riding the incredible wave that was created by the original TRS-80 microcomputer release in 1977.

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/08/episode-32.html – Hotlink Deleted].


August 15, 2019 – Site Updates

I don’t usually post site updates, I just make them. I know I should be keeping better tabs on it 🙁

Anyway, here are a bunch of site updates that have occurred over the past however long:

  • The ROMS page has a breakdown of what changed from v1.2 to v1.3 of the Model I ROM.
  • I continue to scour old magazines for ads for software which was advertised, and adding them as “MISSING” to the archive.
  • Every result from the search page should have a screenshot (or a note that none was available, no printer output, etc)
  • Since people, apparently, LOVED to remove author credits from these programs (or putting their own names on them), I am using those screenshots to determine whether “Author Unknown” programs are actually known.
  • Every time someone emails me a hardware question (which I send to Ian Mavric, thanks Ian), I update the repairs page with their question and his answer.
  • I keep adding boxes to help fine tune archive searches. This is mainly because the search page is how I find things too, so if I am trying to find all software without a screenshot, for example, I can do that.
  • As people point out pages which do not render correctly (because they are pre-HTML5), I fix them.
  • Added a /SYS guide for TRSDOS v1.3 on the DOS Tips and Tricks page.
  • Caught up on all the unsorted images and put solid effort into figuring out if they were good files or bad files, or needed 3rd party software.
  • Fixed the bug that was keeping the ads from coming up on the archive searches, at least for me. It seemed anything being served from a directory called /ads/, or had a filename called ad-xxxxx, got blocked!

September 2, 2019 – Dubouis & McNamara Interview

Jason Oakley over at VZ-Alive recently did an interview with Dubouis & McNamara. It is an interesting read. The interview can be found at [http://vzalive.bluebilby.com/duboisandmcnamara – Hotlink Deleted].

Thanks, Jason!


September 4, 2019 – CoCo I Free for Local Pickup in Frederick Maryland

Update: Claimed
A site visitor is giving away his original Radio Shack Color Computer with a few accessories, free for local pickup in Frederick Maryland. He says:

The Color Computer boxes are in ratty condition – that is they look to have gotten wet either before, or after, the rats and squirrels started chewing. The good news is I must have been very thoughtful when I put every thing back in the original packaging since the equipment all looks good to me (see pictures).
Here are pictures showing (and including some idea of the packaging as everything goes into its own box):
– back of the Color Computer with serial number (possibly meaningful in determining when it was manufactured)
– front of the Color Computer
– Color Computer Disk Drive with all the parts
– Color Computer Multi-Pak Interface
– Color Computer Graphics Tablet (X-Pad) – notice the condition of the box – yet the Tablet is totally clean
– Color Computer Dot Matrix Printer (DMP-100)

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served.



September 5, 2019 – New Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the September 2019 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.

Contents:

Page 04
Simple tune
George sets out details of a ‘simple’, but very effective, sound routine (George Phillips)
Page 08
In Mav’s U.S. travels
Mav tells us what to expect at this years ta it’s still not too late to book!
Page 12
Push button technology
An unusual car boot find which i thought might interest some of you Tandy fans.
Page 14
Newdos v2.0 86/90
A further update on this upgrade (rainer)
Page 17
Ports!
Just how many of these things are there?
Page 18
In Mav’s workshop
An ‘accelerator pedal’ for the Model 1. Mav introduces the ‘new-Sprinter-II’ board the big zero! (Ian Mavric)
Page 27
The big zero!
Testing your reaction time with this rather sneaky, original one-liner (E.T. Fonehume)
Page 30
U.K. eBay bargain over the last 3 months.
Did you manage to get your hands on one?
Page 33
The way we were
A look-back in time to see what was making some of the news ‘in the day’
Page 39
Trials & tribulations with wafers
But still loving it!!
Page 45
Stretch your mind
Just something a bit different to make you smile (Harold Finch).
Page 46
 
News from Ira at TRS-80.com
Page 47
News from Pascal & colleagues in Europe
Chroma-Basic (Pascal Holdry, Mike Friedman, Ian Mavric, Ira Goldklang, Eric Dittman and Hans Rietveld).
Page 55
In Mav’s workshop
Mav gives us the low-down on the Norcom TC-III (Ian Mavric).
Page 64
Parsing Level 1 BASIC
Kyle Wadsten.
Page 66
 
For sale & wanted

September 10, 2019 – Model I Free for Local Pickup in Willis, Texas (50 miles north of Houston)

Update: CLAIMED!

A site visitor is giving away what is pictured below free for local pickup. Hasn’t been powered up since the 80’s.

I will relay messages sent to me in the order received – email to contest at trs-80 dot com. First come first served, noting that I will be away from the computer all day on September 10, 2019 and I will not be able to remove the news item even if claimed until I get home.


September 19, 2019 – Tandy Assembly 2019 is coming up!

Tandy Assembly 2019 is coming up! This year it is September 27-29, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriot in downtown Springfield, Ohio.

Details and information can be found at [http://www.tandyassembly.com/ – Hotlink Deleted].


October 21, 2019 – newSOFT TRS-80 Store

Jay Newirth recently announced he has a new website for his TRS-80 parts.
Visit his site at http://plaidvest.com/newsoft/ for RAM and model case badges, replacement keyboards, motherboards, or complete systems.


November 5, 2019 – Updated SDLTRS for WIndows

Jens Guenther has forked Mark Grebe’s SDLTRS v1.1 (not updated since 2010) and has released v1.2.3 for both x64 and x32 Windows incorporating a number of changes and fixes.

The files can be downloaded from the Emulator Page or from the GITLAB. The copy on the Emulator Page includes the DLL needed.

The GITLAB page with the source and details can be found at [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted].


November 7, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 33 is out now.

“In this episode we review Tandy Assembly 2019. There were lots of additions to the show this year including the new Tech Track. What worked well and what worked not so well? There’s the usual segments on new projects, new acquisitions, listener feedback and the book review. We talk about JetSet which is a flight simulator for the TRS-80 Model II! There’s some discussion about ARCNET, CP/M Plus and floppy disk baking. Then, in our main segment, we talk to TRS-80 Model 100 enthusiast Josh Malone. Josh gives us a great overview and then a detailed rundown of this most famous portable computer.”

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/11/episode-33.html – Hotlink Deleted].


November 8, 2019 – Site Updates

It has been a while since I posted what I have been working on …

  • Converted the entire site (other than search results pages) into HTML5, including verifying all links.
  • Restructured the overly cramped “Zaps/Mods/Pokes/Tricks” Pages.
  • Broke out all ROM/CPU related pages.
  • Added pages explaining the disassembled Model I ROM.
  • Added a Radio Shack Lore page, which is excerpts from discussions on comp.sys.tandy.
  • Updated the magazine search database with new magazine.
  • Added new magazines to their respective pages
  • Removed all pop-up pages (except search results pages); everything is now included in the WordPress site

November 14, 2019 – Papercraft Design of a Model III

Rocky Burgen has created a papercraft design of a Model III and its manuals. It even has swappable screens!

You can read about it and download the designs at [http://rockybergen.com/whatsnew/2019/11/12/trs-80-model-iii-papercraft-design – Hotlink Deleted].


November 16, 2019 – Site Updates

Site Updates since the last …

  • Cleaned up inconsistent CSS from all over the place, hoping for a more uniform look.
  • Removed the ‘who posted’ and in ‘what category’ from news items, and consolidated the look of the news items. Old news will continue to be messed up though.
  • Shrunk the right “navbar” to give the site more width.
  • Fixed the WELCOME page links and updated it to include 3 suggested page groups.
  • Broke out more of the INTERNAL into separate menu items under the ADVANCED heading.
  • Consolidated 4 different sets of RAM ADDRESSES into one page. I merged them all, and it will take time to consolidate the different entries; so for the time being there may be 1-4 different entries per RAM address. Of course, I had to get them all into the same format which involved a LOT of decimal to hex and hex to decimal conversions.
  • Consolidated 3 different keymaps into one page.
  • Continued cleanup work on the ROM EXPLAINED pages. These pages will likely keep getting cleaned up.
  • Created an Interviews page and moved individual interviews off the menu. Rounded up links I from other sites as well.
  • Scrubbed for more bad links.
  • Posted somewhere in the area of 320 ZIP’s contaning patches to various pieces of software, for the new Patches page.

If anyone wants to error check and/or otherwise help clean up the RAM ADDRESS page or try to help organize the uploaded Patches, such help would be welcome.


November 20, 2019 – 3-D Printed Tiny TRS-80’s

Jay Newirth has made a limited run of 3-D printed miniature Model I’s and Model III’s.

Anyone interested should visit his store at [http://www.plaidvest.com/newsoft/ – Hotlink Deleted].


December 4, 2019 – Site News

Site Updates since the last …

  • All pages have been converted to HTML5, other than the non-Wordpress catalog search result pages and the non-Wordpress magazine search results page. The site should scale to monitor size well now.
  • The software search results page, which is a combination of php, html, css, jquery, and mysql, has been converted as well. I have also put in a near approximation of the WordPress navbar to make navigating from the page easier.
  • The software search results page now also displays whether there were Radio Shack Bulletins in regard to any piece of software.
  • Customer service bulletins, whether on the software search results page or the Radio Shack Bulletins page, are all downloadable.
  • The way WordPress handles news is not conducive to widescale fixes, so most links from a decade ago, whether to sites, files, or pictures, are bad. I am converting super-old news to web pages, fixing them along the way, and removing them from the way WordPress generally handles news. This way they are still searchable, but also consistent.
  • Having lunch with Don French this weekend; looking forward to it!

December 9, 2019 – TRLD

I am way late to the game on this one. George Philips has written and released a Windows executable file call TRLD which will convert between cas, hex, bas, and cmd.

According to his [http://48k.ca/trld.html – Hotlink Deleted] website:

trld reads one or more TRS-80 programs in .cmd, .cas, .hex or .bas format and saves them as a single .rom, .cmd, .cas or .hex file. As input it supports 250, 500 and 1500 baud .cas cassette image files as well as tokenized and ASCII .bas BASIC program files. Output can be in .cmd, .cas, .hex or .wav (audio file) format.

A precompiled binary for Windows is included along with the source code which can easily be compiled on Mac and Linux systesm. These program loading routines are the same ones used in my TRS-80 Model I/III/4 emulator.

trld is a command-line tool. It takes a list of files. The last one is the output file, the rest are loaded in sequence and combined together to form the output. The format of the input files is determined automatically. The output format is chosen depending on the file suffix. For example, to convert a cassette file to a .cmd (disk executable format) you would type:

trld original.cas original.cmd

With multiple input files the program start address is taken from the last file. For “.cas” output the name of the SYSTEM file is based on the first 6 letters of the output file name. With

trld file.cmd ..\converted\out.cas

The “..\converted\out.cas” file will be called “OUT” and that’s the name you must pass to the SYSTEM command. If you’re using Play CAS, it tells you the tape file’s name.

The utility can be downloaded from George’s [http://48k.ca/trld.html – Hotlink Deleted] website or on the TRS-80 Miscellaneous Utilities page.


December 10, 2019 – December 2019 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the December 2019 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.

Contents:

Page 1
Travelling Mav
Ian Goes Through The TA 2019 Events For Us, Who Were Unlucky Enough Not To Be Able To Attend (Ian Mavric)
Page 16
The Retro Search
Kevin Updates Us With The Improvements He Has Made Over The Recent Months. (Kevin Parker)
Page 17
Kennett classic
Bill & Karen Announce Their New Project (Bill Degnan & Karen Doneker)
Page 20
Tesla Cybertruck
George Phillips
Page 23
Stretch Your Mind
Another Puzzle From Harold (Harold Finch)
Page 26
Roll ’em
A Nice Little Idea, From The Day Given A 21st Century One-liner Twist (E.t. Fonehune)
Page 28
In Mav’s Workshop
Ian Looks At Some Recently Released Games For The TRS-80 Range And Announces A Competition For 2020Page 36 (Ian Mavric)
Page 37
Tandy Bargains On Ebay.uk
Look As Some Of Recent Ebay Bargains
Page 39
News From Ira At TRS-80.com
Page 41
Lotech Hard Drive For LDOS & LS-DOS For The Models I, III & 4
Page 49
The Way We Were
Just A Look At Some Newsy Item From The Day
Page 62
Arcnet
Pete Has More Information Of The M2 Arcnet Setup He Had Running At This Years T.A. (Peter Cetinski)
Page 64
Xplo
Have You Ever Come Across This Language? Is There A Version Available For The Trs-80 Range? Please, Let Us Know
Page 67
In Mav’s Workshop
Revisiting The CN80 Model 4 Mouse Project – Part 1. (Ian Mavric)

December 11, 2019 – Lunch with Don French

I had a 4 hour lunch with Don French in Las Vegas. Hearing the story of the trials and tribulations he had to endure to get the TRS-80 made was amazing.

He says the accounts of his efforts in [https://smile.amazon.com/Priming-Pump-TRS-80-Enthusiasts-Revolution/dp/0979346800 – Hotlink Deleted] Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution are correct, should anyone be seeking to read about it. The accounts in Tandy’s Money Machine, less so.


December 13, 2019 – Site News

Site Updates since the last …

  • Added a Fun Stuff web page, with cute things that are probably only found on the news page when they first came out.
  • Changed the Software Archive Search to remove language and catalog columns if they are all English or blank, respectively – reallocating the space to other columns.
  • Converted the Catalog Search page to CSS3, notedly after realizing that it contained the line <script language="JavaScript1.2" src="http://www.altavista.com/static/scripts/translate_engl.js">
  • Converted the Magazine Search page to CSS3. That’s it. Everything has been converted.
  • Fixed so … many … bugs in the Magazine Search page. YIKES.
  • Added CODEWORKS Magazine to the Magazine Search Page database.
  • Fixed all broken links that [https://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/ – Hotlink Deleted] BrokenLinkCheck.com reported. It doesn’t check files or images, so there may be some magazine covers which are broken.
  • [https://www.deadlinkchecker.com/ – Hotlink Deleted] DeadLinkChecker.com has let me know that images that come up as a result of clicking on a catalog number need to be updated. That will take me some time.
  • Although 2017 is not old, the way WordPress stores news items leads to excessive page counts, and those page counts make generating a sitemap impossible. So I have moved the 2017 news to an archived page. It wasn’t enough to get the site fully covered, but at least it pulled 41 pages off.
  • Added entries in the Hardware Mods page for the following articles I found on TRS-80.nl (note: you will need google translate)
    • [https://trs80.nl/?post_id=19&title=level-i-en-level-2-gecombineerd-in-een-model-1 – Hotlink Deleted] Combining Level 1 and Level 2 Into One Model I
    • [https://trs80.nl/?post_id=18&title=weergave-probleem-tft-beeldschermen-opgelost – Hotlink Deleted] Using a TFT Screen with a Model I

December 17, 2019 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast (Episode 34)

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 34 is out now.

In this episode we cover some news, like the release of TRS-Box with TCP/IP support, the newest TRS8BIT newsletter and serial mouse support for the Model 4. Then we discuss a bunch of new acquisitions, including a MTI Mod III Plus hot rodded Model III and a Rochester Data Dynatyper. Finally, in the main segment, Pete interviews Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, the author of the fantastic “The Custom TRS-80” book and all-around renaissance man.

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2019/12/episode-34.html – Hotlink Deleted].


December 20, 2019 – TRS-80 Trash Talk LIVE on December 28!

TRS-80 Trash Talk will be having their next live episode on December 28th, from 9PM-11PM Eastern Standard Time.

At that time you can join on [https://zoom.us/j/600248788 – Hotlink Deleted] Zoom.US. Note: This requires the download of an executable file. Proceed at your own risk.


December 30, 2019 – Adding an Internal Amp/Speaker to a Model III

Jason Weber has posted a step-by-step [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0WVW5cWSIo&feature=youtu.be – Hotlink Deleted] video for adding a JayCar Audio Amplifier inside a Model III so that the Model III has native sound.


January 7, 2020 – Model III Emulator in GO and in Typescript

Pete Cetinski let me know about a new Model III emulator on the scene, written in [https://github.com/lkesteloot/trs80-emulator – Hotlink Deleted] typescript, by Lawrence Kesteloot. Mr. Kesteloot also has an older Model III emulator written in GO.

To see it in action, visit [https://lkesteloot.github.io/trs80-emulator/ – Hotlink Deleted] here.


January 8, 2019 – Site News

Site Updates since the last …

  • Figured out how to make the product entries far less ugly under the various Model pages, so will be updating those as time allows.
  • Added Mark Blair’s Model 4 ROM EPROM Adapter Board to the Hardware Modifications and Fixes page.
  • At the request of [https://prof-80.fr/ – Hotlink Deleted] Pascal Holdry, added the ability to translate pages to other languages (top of the right navbar). Pascal’s thought is that it is about 80% accurate, but the other 20% is easy enough to figure out.
  • Updated the Catalog Search Page to support Catalog ID (such as “RSC-03”) and Price (in that catalog; so it will change catalog to catalog). Now I need to go through the process of reviewing each catalog to enter that info. Right now only RSC-03 and RSC-04 have been entered. Possible uses include seeing when a product was first listed, when it was no longer listed, and what the prices were at each iteration.

    Anyone who wants to help enter the data from catalogs, please let me know.

Jan 16, 2020 – Anyone want to key in catalog numbers and prices?

So far I have gotten RSC-03, RSC-04, RSC-05, and RSC-07 entered into the catalog search page. If anyone is in the mood to help, I would send you a PDF of a catalog, and would ask for an ASCII file in the format of ‘catalog number, price, page number’ for each item.

By putting this additional information into the catalog search page, you can see when products were added, when products were removed, and the prices in between.

if you are willing to help, please let me know.


Jan 17, 2020 – TRS-80 Related Videos

Pete Cetinski has posted some TRS-80 Videos to YouTube:

  • [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32SkHIr2I-0 – Hotlink Deleted] Using Your Model 4
  • [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q6VW1iJsWo – Hotlink Deleted] Using SuperScripsit on the Model 4
  • [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50XOz8jcb0 – Hotlink Deleted] Introduction to Model II Operations
  • [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCqS_FJjbdk – Hotlink Deleted] Disks and Disk Operating Systems

January 22, 2019 – Site News

Site Updates since the last …

  • RSC-03 through RSC-09 are now in the Catalog Search Page (special thanks to Jerold Stratton for assistance). If anyone wants to help enter the data from catalogs, please let me know.

  • From time to time I try to reach out for permission to post software and from time to time the author is deceased. I have added a note to the Software Search results page if the author has passed away, and the year of passing. Right now, I have only 4 entries (Sparky Starks, Michael Shrayer, Lance Wolstrup, and Leo Christopherson). If you know more, please let me know.

January 23, 2019 – Model 1 Clone with Current Parts

Jan Vandenbos let me know that over at GlennsStuff.com there are instructions, schematics, ROMs, and gerbers to build a Model 1 Clone using 2020 sourced parts. The front panel is mind-blowing.

Check it out at [http://www.glensstuff.com/trs80/trs80.htm – Hotlink Deleted].

Thanks, Jan


February 02, 2020 – SDLTRS II Updated to v1.2.7

Jens Guenther has updated his forked [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted] SDLTRS to v1.2.7.

Per Jens, this version runs on BSD, Haiku, Linux, MacOS(X), Solaris and Windows (95 to current).

Sone of the updates include:

  • Runs under MAC OS Catalina
  • Select and execute CMD files directly in the Emulator
  • Save screenshot of the Emulator window as BMP file
  • Show Z80 registers in the window title bar




February 7, 2020 – CHROMATRS Reverse Engineered

Pascal Holdry has reverse engineered the ChromaTRS!

For more information visit his [http://www.prof-80.fr/index.php/new-chromatrs – Hotlink Deleted] site. Note: There is a translation pulldown at the top of the right menu.


March 4, 2020 – Site News

Site Updates since the last …


March 9, 2020 – March 2020 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the March 2020 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter on the download page of his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.

Contents:

Page 04
Adding Ml6 Emulation To TRS80GP
Wow! Peter And George Phillips Have Released v2.3 With Yet Another Worlds First Facility
Page 14
Mapping The TRS-80 Into The Big Time
Henry Baggs Came Across This Article Re CP/M On A Model I
Page 18
Classic Trek-80
Richards Shows Us The Details With His Classic Tandy ‘Trek’ Game For The Iphone And Ipad
Page 23
Pam
Et Brings On His One-liner Talents Giving A New Twist To A Classic Game
Page 25
In Mav’s Workshop
Revisiting The CN80 Model 4 Mouse Project – Part 2
Page 33
Interesting Photo
An Interesting Photo I Came Across, Which Patrick Bureau Posted On The Facebook Group “TRS-80 Model I, II, IIII, And 4 Owner’s Group”. It Shows, Quite Clearly The Differences In Keyboards Between Qwerty And Azerty On A Model 3
Page 45
The New Chromatrs
Pascal Has Re-engineered Chromatrs, Here Are The Details For Us All To Enjoy. Check Out His Website For The Full Story
Page 39
Stretch Your Mind
Harold Has Sent Us All Another Puzzle Just To Get The Little Grey Cells Motoring
Page 42
 
Jens Guenther Has Updated His Forked SDLTRS To v1.2.1.
Page 43
TRS80MX
JM Introduces Us To His Brilliant Modular Expansion System For A 21 Century Model I
Page 46
Radio Shack Trs-80 Model 1/3/4
Mathew, Who Was The Author Of The Lotek Article In The Last Edition Of Trs8bit, Shows Us Details Of His Drivewire For The Co-co Linked To A Pc
Page 58
The Way We Were
Here’s A Selection Of Articles ‘from The Day’ Which First Appeared In The Uk’s Natgug News
Page 64
A Tandy/ Radio Shack Trs-80 Model I Microcomputer Clone.
Glen Builds A Model I Using Modern Day Parts.
Page 72
In Mav’s Workshop
Mav Attaches An Accelerator ‘pedal’ To A M3
Page 78
TRS-80 Screen Designer
Kyle Has Released His Screen Designing Program Which Will Help Those Entering This Years Competition!
Page 80
Competition Details
2 Comps And 2 Prizes
Page 82
In Mav’s Workshop
Mav Gives Us All Orchestral Music For The M3

March 10, 2019 – TRS80GP v2.3 Released

TRS80GP has been updated to v2.3

Visit [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] The TRS80GP Web Page for the download and information, or here for the emulator.

New Features:

  • Support for hard drives.
  • Model 16 emulation.
  • Preliminary support for Model I Percom and Radio Shack double-density disk interfaces.
  • Model II double-sided floppy support.
  • New Model II ROM now the default; get original with “-r0”.
  • Added Model 1 revision 1.1 ROM and -nlc not needed for earlier ROM revisions.
  • Emulator tries adding .dmk, .imd, .jv3, .jv1 and .dsk to files it can’t find.
  • Windows menu key brings up the right-click context menu.
  • Current drive track is displayed status bar.
  • Permit writing to Model I, III, and 4P ROM

Bug Fixes/Adjustments:

  • Montezuma CP/M no longer misses shift keys regularly.
  • If a disk FORMAT proceeds beyond the last track, DMK and IMD append blank tracks.
  • DMK format detection rules relaxed to allow for larger file truncation.
  • No longer get down-arrow stuck when using Ctrl+Alt+V and the like.
  • Debugger memory, disassembly and stack update on reset or change in memory map.
  • Cassette auto-save capture Scott Adams Adventures saves one instead of two files.
  • Animated GIF output usually smaller by extending the delay for repeated frames.
  • Debugger now shows Model II ROM contents and disassembly when it is mapped in.
  • Single stepping in debugger updates the trace window even if tracing is off.

March 12, 2020 – Does anyone have a Percom Electric Crayon?

In the TRS-80 communities continuing efforts to preserve (and emulate) TRS-80 Hardware, we are looking for someone who may have a Percom Electric Crayon

If you have one, please Contact Me.

Thanks!


March 23, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Live

With most or all of stuck indoors, the TRS-80 Talk team has decided to have another TRS-80 Trash Talk Live!

Time/Date: Mar 28, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Link: [https://zoom.us/j/567066261 – Hotlink Deleted]

Meeting ID: 567 066 261


March 26, 2020 – New ROM Disassembly *and* Lance Micklus OK’s downloads

Two announcements:

  • Frank Durda IV had been working on a Model 4 ROM Update which was never released. That ROM has been disassembled and has been added to the ROM/CPU Page.
  • Thanks to a facebook discussion with Miyagami Noriko, I have corrected the entries for DOGSTAR ADVENTURE in the database and sought, and no have now received, permission from the awesome Lance Micklus to make all of his programs downloadable; so they are (and as programs are available, so are their manuals)! Thank you Lance!

April 7, 2020 – New TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast (Episode 35)

The podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 35 is out now.

In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss the greatest TRS-80 rescue mission of all time as they head to Fort Worth to recover a significant TRS-80 collection. Then, we give you all sorts of ideas on what you can do with your TRS-80 while sequestered away in your home during the current global pandemic.

You can download or listen at [http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2020/04/these-are-show-notes-for-episode-35-of.html – Hotlink Deleted].


April 12, 2020 – SDLTRS II Updated to v1.2.9



Jens Guenther has updated his forked [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted] SDLTRS to v1.2.9.

Per Jens, this version runs on BSD, Haiku, Linux, MacOS(X), Solaris and Windows (95 to current).

Some of the updates include:

  • Fixed SDL2 regressions in version 1.2.8.
  • Added display of Z80 speed in window title bar.
  • Added “Turbo Paste” function.
  • Adjust Z80 clock rate on the fly.
  • Fixed bugs and other improvements.

April 25, 2020 – Updates

Updates

  • TRS-80 Trash Talk found the software submission guidelines for Radio Shack. They are on the Tandy Memo page or can be downloaded Here.
  • Pascal Holdry has finished his ChromaTRS reverse engineer and has posted a video of it in action on his [http://prof-80.fr/index.php/new-chromatrs – Hotlink Deleted] New ChromaTRS Page.
  • Three more RS Customer Service Bulletins have been found, all dealing with Profile III Plus: 1952-02, 1952-04, and 1952-05.

May 7, 2020 – XLR8er for Model 4 Reverse Engineered

Pascal Holdry has reverse engineered the Model 4 XLR8er!

For more information visit his [http://prof-80.fr/index.php/4cellerator – Hotlink Deleted] site. Note: There is a translation pulldown at the top of the right menu.


May 21, 2020 – Joystick Adapter for Model I

Pascal Holdry has reverse engineered the Model I Joystick Adapter which can be plugged directly into the output bus of the TRS-80 Model I via a 40 pin cable.

He advises it works with all games, via jumper select (Big 5 games need to be jumpered differently)

For more information visit his [https://www.prof-80.fr/index.php/adaptateur-joystick-m1 – Hotlink Deleted] site. Note: There is a translation pulldown at the top of the right menu.


May 24, 2020 – SDLTRS Updated to v1.2.10


Jens Guenther has updated his forked [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted] SDLTRS to v1.2.10.

Per Jens, this version runs on BSD, Haiku, Linux, MacOS(X), Solaris and Windows (95 to current).

  • Added Z80 refresh register. (v1.2.10)
  • Added more accurate Z80 block moves. (v1.2.10)
  • Added support for Sprinter II/III. (v1.2.10)
  • Fixed bugs and other improvements. (v1.2.10)

You can download a ZIP file with the full source and all executables here.


May 27, 2020 – XLR8er for Model 4 Reverse Engineered

Arthur Frankel wrote up a [https://www.solutionstreet.com/blog/finding-an-old-friend/ – Hotlink Deleted] nice story about a TRS-80 cassette he found in his basement!


June 4, 2020 – TRS80GP v2.3.1 Released

TRS80GP has been updated to v2.3.1. Changelog:

  • Alpha joystick emulation on Windows.
  • Software keyboard for Mac.
  • PCG-80, 80-Grafix, 80-Grafix+ and 80-Grafix III programmable character graphics.
  • Z-80 debugger can set ranged breakpoints on memory read/write and I/O in/out.
  • Floppy and hard drive sector viewer.
  • Memory and disk search capability (in Z-80 debugger and Disk Viewer).
  • Alt-0 though Alt-9 are user-definable keyboard macros (Edit menu) [windows].
  • Floppy command delay added; Sledge of Rahmul and other Duo-Loader games boot.
  • Return floppy sector type fixing Zork boot and improved write protect handling.
  • Right-shift on Model 1 logical keyboard working again.
  • Hard drive emulation supports WD2010 mode with up to 2048 cylinders.
  • JV3 format floppies with more than 40 tracks work now.
  • Now have warm and cold restart with the latter re-initializing RAM.
  • Xenix printing much faster as Model 2/16 emulation generates printer interrupts.
  • Model 1/3/4 logical keyboard now maps ‘^’ to ‘[‘. This may help someone who’s entering BASIC from a listing that shows ‘^’ for exponentiation.
  • Add Backslash as CLEAR in logical mode (not just physical); better for Macs.
  • Micro Matrix Photopoint light pen emulation for Model 1,3,4 (-lp) [windows].
  • Load custom character generator ROM with -charrom
  • Add -l file to load but not execute a file on the command line.
  • Add -ls file, Load Symbols… to load only the symbols from a BDS file.
  • Model 2 etc. hires displays properly CRTC start address changes (e.g., when Xenix scrolls)
  • Model 4 LS-DOS now has drives 0,1,2,3 instead of 0,1,3,4
  • Fixed occasional character drop when pasting large amounts of text.
  • Only show gray bars above and below Model 4’s 64 column mode in beam debug.
  • Add -tsr flag for laughs. Or rename your executable to tsr80gp.exe

Visit [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] The TRS80GP Web Page for the download and information, or here for the emulator.


June 5, 2020 – June 2020 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the March 2020 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter.

In this issue, Tezza sorts out Model 4 disk drive re-alignment. Ian Mavric gives us the lowdown on the M1’s different keypads. There’s a TRS-Xenix information sheet from Peter Cetinski. Rence shows us a truly portable model 1 complete with 7″ TFT monitor! ET Fonehume has a one-liner to produce Armstrong numbers. Do you know the Differences between the AZERTY and QWERTY keyboards? Harold Finch set us another of his puzzles. There’s a selection of articles ‘from the day’. Did you miss the ebay.co.uk bargains from the last 3 months? Tim Halloran details the Model 1 No-chip VBLANK modification. John Corbani’s original spreadsheet, MINICALC, is upgraded to the AFT. Ian Mavric is Revisiting the CN80 Model 4 mouse project (part 4). Full details of the “double-do” 2020 COMPETITION. Kyle Wadsten has produced a track/sector display using a M3 clock. Details of the USB FC5025 floppy controller and finally, Ian Mavric suggests some complex upgrade projects.

It can be downloaded from his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.


June 12, 2020 – Anyone have a Model 4 NGA with an XLRer installed?

Does anyone out there have a Model 4 NON-GATE-ARRAY with an XLR8er card installed? Pascal Holdry continues to work on the reverse engineer of the card, but is unable to figure out how it mounts so that the cover closes. If you do have such a beast, can you pleae contact me. Thanks.


June 16, 2020 – Site Updates Since the Last

  1. Created a page with the official Model III/4 ROM Checksums
  2. Added the Network 4 Ports to the Ports and I/o Device page
  3. Added DASM Z-80 Disassembler v1.02 to the Misc Utilities page. DASM is a 2015 Windows program to disassemble Z-80 CMD and HEX files. It supports MAP, EQU, and Screen files to make the disassembly clearer.
  4. Information about the missing v1.1 Model I ROM has been added to the Model I ROM Version Comparison Page.
  5. The Network 4 Transporter ROM has been disassembled and commented.

June 17, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk – 2 Updates!

First, the podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 36 is out now.

In this episode we discuss a bunch of new add-on accessories for the TRS-80, including new versions of the classic CHROMAtrs and XLR8er boards as well as the new Talker/80 voice synthesizer. We also talk about some big Tandy XENIX news as well as the new z80unit assembly language testing framework. We review the popular TRS-80 hardware hacking book “Hardware Interfacing with the TRS-80”. Finally, Pete interviews former Tandy software engineer John Elliott IV

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2020/06/episode-36.html – Hotlink Deleted].


Second, TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #6 has been scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 5:00PM EDT (2PM California time).

Login/Password:

[https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83044830515?pwd=dm1lcmo4RVk0UXZNbXV2TTRlMkpsUT09 – Hotlink Deleted].


June 21, 2020 – Site Updates Since the Last

  1. Some of the early CLOAD magazines were not downloadable and others had bad links. That has all been fixed. (Thank you Murray W.)
  2. After looking into the bad links, I decided to break down and subscribe to Dr. Link’s 10,000 link package to scan more than just 1,500 (free) dead links. I learned 2 things: that I have more than 10,000 links and out of the first 10,000 (which is where my subscription capped out) I had 245 bad links, which I have fixed. I can try to squeeze a little bit more out by ‘deleting’ pages and re-scanning, but I don’t think I’m going to get the full site checked.

June 25, 2020 – Blair Robins Updates His Utilities

Blair Robins has updated his Alphabetized Directory Lister series to v1.25 and Screen Oriented Purge Utility series to v2.5. You can download them on the Archive Search Page.


June 28, 2020 – Site Updates Since the Last

I have put all of the site’s news under the Old News page, going back to when the news was first started in 1997! It goes through 2018 on separate pages (which allowed me to remove them from the active news for purposes of checking links).

Very bittersweet going through the old news. I had forgotten the very difficult times when I could not find hosting space, and it would disappear as quickly as it would appear.


July 9, 2020 – Old Receipt

Found my Model III receipt. I guess the base price point for a decent computer has remained steady through the years!


July 10, 2020 – SDLTRS Updated to v1.2.11


Jens Guenther has updated his forked [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted] SDLTRS to v1.2.11.

Per Jens, this version runs on BSD, Haiku, Linux, MacOS(X), Solaris and Windows (95 to current).

  • Added CPU clock speed selection.
  • Added R register to state file.
  • Fixed issue #2 “Spurious return characters” (reported by David Barr).
  • Internal improvements.

You can download a ZIP file with the full source and all executables here.


July 16, 2020 – Symphony 90 Manuals


  • Title:Symphony 90 Music Composer System
    Year: 1991
    Company/Author:David Goben
    Size: 23MB
    Filename: Symphony 90 Music Composer System (1991)(David Goben)

  • Title: Symphony 90 Player
    Year: 1991
    Company/Author:David Goben
    Size: 1.99MB
    Filename: Symphony 90 Player (1991)(David Goben)

Ian has provided 2 missing manuals. Should be very helpful to those out there with the Symphony-90 Add-On. Thank you Ian!


July 18, 2020 – PowerDRAW v1.6 Manual

Ian has provided the missing PowerDRAW v1.6 manual! Thank you Ian!


  • Title: PowerDRAW v1.6
    Year: 1982
    Company/Author: Powersoft
    Size: 5.9MB
    Filename: PowerDRAW v1.6 (1982)(Breeze Computing)
    Downloadable (Click the Cover)

July 20, 2020 – HRG-1 High-Res Graphics for Model I

Pascal Holdry has reverse engineered the HRG-1 High Res adapter for the Model I.

For more information visit his [http://prof-80.fr/index.php/new-hrg1 – Hotlink Deleted] site. Note: There is a translation pulldown at the top of the right menu.


July 25, 2020 – Site Updates Since the Last

  1. I got 2 shipments of CLOAD tapes, one of which was completely and totally blank. 20 tapes, all blank. I converted the other set, and scanned the media for both. These are all online and available for download.
  2. In doing this I realized that the tutorial I have for reading tapes used Goldwave, which still exists, but costs. I updated the page to contain step by step instructions using the free program Audacity.
  3. I also realized that some permitted files were not present and some screen shots, media scans, etc. were missing, so I modified the ever increasingly hard to maintain program I use which generates the SQL based on various file comments other input files to audit for missing things. Hopefully this will keep the missing files and graphics low.

July 26, 2020 – Looking for ChromaTRS Software on Tape

Does anyone out there have the cassette that came with the ChromaTRS? We are trying to find the software that came with the ChromaTRS on tape. If so, please contact me. Thanks!


August 3, 2020 – TRS-80 Birth Announcement

On this day in 1977, the TRS-80 was announced at a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York City!


August 16, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk #37

First, the podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk # 37 is out now.

In this episode we discuss a whole bunch of TRS-80 accessories and recent acquisitions. We then talk about the TRS-80 music album “Classical Mosquito” by Robb Murray. Then we dive into some interesting eBay sales of rare TRS-80 accessories. We wrap up with a review of the classic TRS-80 programming book “TRS-80 Assembly Language Programming” by William Barden Jr.”

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2020/08/episode-37.html – Hotlink Deleted].


August 28, 2020 – Site Updates Since the Last

  1. A number of Radio Shack service manuals are now available for download on the TRS-80 Manuals: Hardware Manuals Page. Downloadable items are shaded in gray for easy recognition.
  2. Jens Guenther updated SDLTRS2 to v1.2.12. Updates are:
    • Fixed issue #3 “Handle CapsLock key in SDL2” (reported by David Barr). (v1.2.12)
    • Fixed some crashes (Copy Buffer, “SuperMem” option). (v1.2.12)
    • Fixed bugs and other improvements. (v1.2.12)
    • Made Z80 debugger an optional feature. (v1.2.12)
  3. Zaps and Patches – Programs page has been updated with new patches:
  4. The Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page has been updated with the following new Technical Bulletins:

September 4, 2020 – September 2020 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the March 2020 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter.

Contents:

PAGE 4
COMPETITION Q & A’S
GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!
PAGE 7
IN MAV’S WORKSHOP
MORE MOJO FOR YOUR MODEL 4! MAV INTRODUCES THE 4CELLERATOR
PAGE 21
PATCHING BIG FIVE’S ATTACK FORCE FOR TRSDOS 1.3
KYLE SORTS OUT HOW TO RUN ATTACK FORCE.
PAGE 29
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO TRANSFER CASSETTES TO YOUR PC
PAGE 38
TRS-80 I•BASQUE TOURNAMENT
A REVIEW AND RESULTS FROM THE COMPETITION
PAGE 43
TIME CALC
ET COMES UP WITH ANOTHER ONE-LINER TO CALCULATE HOURS WORKED OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD (ROUNDED, OF COURSE!)
PAGE 45
IN MAV’S WORKSHOP
IAN CONTINUES WITH PART 4 Of HIS CN80 MODEL 4 MOUSE PROJECT
PAGE 57
STRETCH YOUR MIND
HAROLD SENDS US ANOTHER ‘MATCH STICK’ PUZZLE
PAGE 59
LINE SURPRISE
HERE’S A SUPER LITTLE BASIC PROGRAM FROM GEORGE WHICH WAS INSPIRED FROM THE ‘NUMBERPHILE’ WEBSITE
PAGE 64
THE WAY WE WERE
INTERESTING BIT AND PIECES ‘FROM THE DAY’
PAGE 77
A SELECTION Of UK EBAY BARGAINS OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS – DID YOU GET LUCKY?
PAGE 81
COMPETITION DETAILS – TIME’S MARCHING ON
ENTRY IS FREE SO GET YOURS IN BEFORE THE END OF NOVEMBER

It can be downloaded from his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.


September 16, 2020 – Estate Sale

A site visitor let me know that there is an estate sale coming up in Eaton Rapids, MI which shows some Model I’s and other items.

To see the info, click [https://www.estatesales.net/MI/Eaton-Rapids/48827/2628804 – Hotlink Deleted] here.


September 25, 2020 – Trash Talk Live on September 26th

TRS-80 Trask Talk LIVE is coming up on September 26, 2020 at 5PM Eastern Time (2PM California Time).

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is Oct 24th at 9PM EDT! More details will be provided as it comes closer.

In addition to the usual revelry and camaraderie of our typical live show, we’ll be having a few special presentations to make up for the lack of Tandy Assembly this year. 🙁

Arno Puder and Andrew Quinn will be giving a presentation and demonstration of two exciting new TRS-80 projects, TRS-IO-M1 and PocketTRS.

Here are some of the highlights:
TRS-IO-M1:

  • TRS-IO port to the M1
  • Supports all features of TRS-IO (FreHD, RetroStore, trs-nic, etc)
  • Same code base as the TRS-IO MIII
  • Has a 32kB SRAM chip included
  • Auto-boot feature
  • Fully Open Source
PocketTRS:
  • Hardware emulation of a MIII
  • Display via VGA. Color can be set to green, white, or amber
  • Keyboard via PS/2
  • Audio interface can be used for game sound as well as cassette input (500 Baud only)
  • I/O expansion bus emulation: one can connect external cards such as FreHD
  • Has TRS-IO embedded
  • Fully Open Source
Then, Tim Halloran will give us a short demo and progress report on hacking the CHOMRAtrs.

Despite glacial postal service between the US and Australia and chip shortages, a few of the new CHROMAtrs boards from Ian Mavric are working (based on work by Pascal Holdry). You may not know that Robert S French released much of the software (Ira’s site) and it is possible to obtain the code and work on it. That’s what Tim Halloran has been up to (with help from George Phillips) — in particular making it easier for cassette-based systems to use the board.

So mark the date and time and come join us on Zoom. Everyone is welcome, even fans of other vintage computer platforms. See you on Zoom!

To attend, go to [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86907465958?wd=a1lLQzFKaGN0dzludU9MWUs2TDhsUT09 – Hotlink Deleted] at the appropriate time!

Hope to see you there!


September 26, 2020 – Trashtalk Live Interesting Bits

Arno Puder and Andrew Quinn have developed a Model III on a board with TRS-IO built in. For information, gerbers, etc., visit [https://github.com/apuder/PocketTRS – Hotlink Deleted].

Arno has also made his TRS-IO working with a Model I. For information, gerbers, etc., visit [https://github.com/apuder/TRS-IO – Hotlink Deleted].

Richard Lamb has been creating some new TRS-80 software. You can find his efforts at [https://github.com/voidware – Hotlink Deleted].


September 28, 2020 – SDLTRS Updated to v1.2.13


Jens Guenther has updated his forked [https://gitlab.com/jengun/sdltrs – Hotlink Deleted] SDLTRS to v1.2.13.

You can download a ZIP file with the full source and all executables here.


September 30, 2020 – Issues in TRSTools and TRSREAD

A site visitor who received a bunch of tapes and disks from Charles Guy (owner of Cornsoft) before Charles passed away in 2004 has identified that DOSPLUS 3.4A for the Model III is not properly handled by TRSTools/TRSRead.

Two other DOS’s which do not read properly are TRSDOS v2.3B and TRSDOS 2.7SD.

So if you are dealing with those DOS’s, try VDISK instead, and don’t make the mistake I did of believing the images are damaged (mea culpa).


October 1, 2020 – Mini-Model I Case for Raspberry Pi

Stephen Eddy let me know that he has made Model I cases for the Raspberry Pi.

You can see/buy at [https://retropicases.com/collections/other-cases/products/tandy-trs-80-model-1-raspberry-pi-case – Hotlink Deleted].


October 9, 2020 – Free Model I for Pickup Outside Chicago (2:00PM posted – Claimed 10/12 @ 2:53PM)



Update: Claimed.

TRS-80 Model I with screen, expansion interface, and keyboard/CPU + some software (all as shown) free for local pickup outside Chicago. Owner has no idea if it CURRENTLY works, but said it did work when last used 20 years ago.

As always, first to contact me at the following email address, first served. Email to freetrs80 at trs-80 dot com


October 16, 2020 – Trash Talk Live on October 24, 2020

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is Oct 24th at 9PM EDT! More details will be provided as it comes closer.

Hope to see you there!


October 17, 2020 – New Page

Added a page on how to ship a TRS-80 since people seem to be getting boxes of smashed TRS-80’s when the buy on eBay. Also, never buy a TRS-80 on eBay..


October 20, 2020 – Trash Talk Live on October 24, 2020 – LINK

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is Oct 24th at 9PM EDT!

For non-participants, you can watch on the TRS-80 Trash Talk channel: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg – Hotlink Deleted]


October 24, 2020 – Interesting Stuff from Trash Talk Live 8

Attached to Model I


Model I Board


Model III/4 Board


Michael Wessel has developed the Talker/80, a new Voice Syhtesizer for the Model I, III, and 4. It has natural sounding speak (like Alexa), requires no machine language driver, and has an E/I passthrough so it will work with a E/I, FreHD, and Quinterface.

The Talker/80 emulates the TRS-80 Voice Synthesizer and the VS-100.

The Talker/80 is open source under the GPL3 License and is maker-friendly (no surface mount soldering and easy to acquire parts). See:

  • [https://github.com/lambdamikel/Talker-80 – Hotlink Deleted] Github Repository to make your own
  • [https://youtu.be/yHVgSqcxh_4 – Hotlink Deleted] Video on assembling for the Model III/4
  • [https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=talker%2F80 – Hotlink Deleted] Search eBay for already built boards

October 27, 2020 – Catweasel Tools

Tim Mann, original author of the Catweasel tools, has [https://www.tim-mann.org/catweasel.html – Hotlink Deleted] posted on his web site that he has turned over control of the tools to Quentin Barnes, who is actively working on updating the Catweasel to DMK tool.

Quentin will be building on the work which [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] George Phillips kindly undertook in 2015.

The new home for tools is [https://github.com/qbarnes/cw2dmk – Hotlink Deleted]


October 28, 2020 – Tandy Model 4 Technical Bulletins

Pete Cetinski was kind enough to provide Tandy’s Technical Bulletins for the Model 4 (Bulletins 1-35).

Like all other Tandy memos, bulletins, etc., it can be downloaded from the Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page.

Thank you, Pete!


October 29, 2020 – Model I, III, and CoCo Technical Bulletins

Pete Cetinski was kind enough to provide Tandy’s Technical Bulletins for the Models I, III, and CoCo.

Like all other Tandy memos, bulletins, etc., it can be downloaded from the Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page, or

Thank you, Pete!


October 31, 2020 – More Technical Bulletins: Input/Output, Model 100, 200, and 600.

Pete Cetinski was kind enough to provide Tandy’s Technical Bulletins for the Models 100, 200, and 600, as well as the general Input/Output Technical Bulletin.

Like all other Tandy memos, bulletins, etc., it can be downloaded from the Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page, or

Thank you, Pete!


November 2, 2020 – Radio Shack Newsletters

UPDATE: Links on Australia page fixed.

The US and Australian Microcomputer Newsletters have been added to the Radio Shack Publications section, and are downloadable.

The Catalog Search database has been updated with the pricing from the Australian Newsletters


November 1, 2020 – Zoltan Paradi has provided his Space Invaders

Zoltan Paradi found a program he wrote a long time ago for the HTZ but which works on the TRS-80 (albeit without sound).

The CAS file can be downloaded here


November 3, 2020 – Model 2000 Technical Bulletins

Pete Cetinski was kind enough to provide Tandy’s Technical Bulletins for the Model 2000.

Like all other Tandy memos, bulletins, etc., it can be downloaded from the Tandy / Radio Shack Memos, Bulletins, and Releases page, or

Thank you, Pete!


November 4, 2020 – Disks

Just a reminder that if you have TRS-80 disks sitting around, please consider sending them over for reading. The data isn’t going to last forever, and the disks can be returned to you if you wish!


November 15, 2020 – 80 Space Raiders OK’d for Download

Robert Bosen who wrote 80 Space Raiders has given permission to make the software and manual downloadable to all. You can find all the links on the [http://search.trs-80.com – Hotlink Deleted] TRS-80 Search Page by searching the author box for bosen, and don’t forget to click the manual icon to download the manual.

What I do not have is the password wheel, so if you wish to play, you are likely going to have to use the hacked copy. If anyone out there has the password wheel, please let me know!

Robert has never stopped writing flight simulators, his most recent being [https://bbosen.itch.io/linux-air-combat – Hotlink Deleted] Linux Air Combat, an open source combat flight simulator for Linux.

Thank you, Robert!


November 23, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Live # 9 Coming Up

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is November 28th at 2PM PST!

You can watch on the TRS-80 Trash Talk channel: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg – Hotlink Deleted]


November 25, 2020 – Please Check Your ROMs

We are trying to track down different versions of the Model III and Model 4 ROM’s. If you are willing, can everyone please run MEMTEST (which is found on every Model III TRSDOS disk) and see if your “ROM C” matches any of these checksums:

  • Model III – Any of the following:
    • 158C (Likely only in the UK)
    • 1591
    • 2764
    • 676A
    • 276A
  • Model 4 – Any of the following:
    • 48AA (Likely only in the UK)
    • 33CB
    • 38BC

If you have any of these, please Contact Me.


November 26, 2020 – TRS-80 in a Videogame!

Quentin noticed that a TRS-80 on a shelf in the “Muggles Studies” classroom of Jam City’s “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” a TRS-80.


November 27, 2020 – ROM Checksum Pages Finished-ish

Thanks to the help of a lot of people in the community, with a special shout-out to George Philips and Ken Brookner, the Model III ROM Checksum and the Model 4 ROM checksum pages have been updated.

As previously asked, if you run TRSDOS 1.3’s MEMTEST on your Model III or 4 and have any of the following checksums, please Contact Me: 158C, 1591, 2764, 276A, 33CB, 38BC, 48AA, or 676A


November 28, 2020 – Interesting Stuff from Trash Talk Live 9

Lawrence Kesteloot has written an amazing web site which permits you to drag and drop WAV CAS or BAS files into the web page and it will attempt to clean up the WAV but also let you view the reconstructed BASIC code as ASCII (and CMD code as a disasembly) and show you the corresponding tape bits.

You can visit the site at [https://lkesteloot.github.io/trs80-cassette-reader-js/ – Hotlink Deleted]


December 1, 2020 – Site Updates

  • Added Lawrence Kesteloot’s online Model III Emulator Web Page to the emulator page.
  • Added Lawrence Kesteloot’s online and standalone TRS-80 Cassette WAV Processor to the Virtual Tape Utilities page.
  • Updated SDLTRS to v1.24 on the emulator page.

December 2, 2020 – Site Updates

  • A picture of the German keyboard has been added to the Model 4 ROM Page. Thank you Volker Kruckemeyer for the picture!
  • A very light explanation as to the /CMD format has been added to the File Formats Page. They you Lawrence Kesteloot for the idea.
  • Two more Cassette Utilities have been added to the Cassette Utilities page. Thank you Jens Guenther.
    • “Cass80” by Jürgen “pullmoll” Buchmüller
    • “wav2cas” by Anton Argirov:

December 3, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk #38 is Out

Episode # 38 of the podcast TRS-80 Trash Talk is out now.

In this episode we’re joined by guest host Patrick Bureau from Texas Tandy Restorations. Patrick leads us through the controversial topic of whether or not to repaint your TRS-80. We also discuss lots of TRS-80 news and several interesting acquisitions, including a TRS-80 voice control device known as the Scott Instruments VET-2. Finally, in our interview segment, Pete interviews the well known TRS-80 hacker Tim Mann.”

You can download or listen at [https://www.trs80trashtalk.com/2020/12/episode-38.html – Hotlink Deleted].


December 4, 2020 – ROMID Has Been Updated

Dean Bear has been kind enough to update his ROM-ID Utility for the Model I, III, and 4 (Model 4 in Model III Mode) based on the checksums determined from the research. You can download that file fromt he TRS-80 Software Search Page by searching for Dean Bear in the Author box. The Model I/III and Model 4 copies are identical, and the 2013 file is the deprecated one. Thank you Dean!

For those up to checking their ROMs but who cannot get ROMID onto their system, you can find your ROM checksums using plain old TRSDOS 1.3’s MEMTEST on your Model III or 4.

Either way, if you have any of the following checksums, please Contact Me: 158C, 1591, 2764, 276A, 33CB, 38BC, 48AA, or 676A


December 6, 2020 – TRS80GP v2.4 Released

TRS80GP has been updated to v2.4. Changelog:

New and/or Improved Features:

  • Linux beta version.
  • Videotex terminal emulation (use -mv)
  • Electric Crayon emulator; -p :ec or choose Electric Crayon in Printer -> Connection
  • TCP/IP printer support with -p host:port (like -r option is for serial ports)
  • Command line breakpoints support range syntax. e.g., b 5200:6000.
  • Add various -ir command-line options to trigger audio and video recording.
  • Add -su command line option to turn off audio filtering.
  • FreHD directory settable to ease IMPORT2/EXPORT2 usage (command line and menu).

Bug Fixes:

  • Works on Windows XP again (removed a trivial dependency).
  • Fix crash due to format mis-identification when loading up certain .cas images.
  • Floppy disk doubler detection for Model I improved.
  • ENTER key works from “all pressed” location in logical mode.
  • Stop audio from popping when continuous tones played.
  • Stop crashing if screenshot or animated GIF save file dialog is cancelled.
  • DT-1 Setup -> Save Setup wasn’t saving the settings correctly.

Visit [http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html – Hotlink Deleted] The TRS80GP Web Page for the download and information, or here for the emulator.


December 6, 2020 – December 2020 Issue of TRS8Bit

Dusty has released the December 2020 issue of the TRS8Bit newsletter.

Contents:

Page 4
2020 Competition Details & Results
page 15
REXCPM
CP/M running on the Model 100! just unbelievable but brilliant. It’s a must have for M100 fans
page 19
Painting your Computer
Brighten up your old Tandy with these tip from Patrick. He really makes a great job of it
page 29
In Mav’s Workshop
Mav introduces some of his new ideas for 2021
page 37
Nack to the Future
And thinks back and remembers when the world was quite a different place
page 42
I.Santutxu Tournament
A report and photos from the latest TRS-80 tournament from Spain
page 50
Roman Nvmerals
ET produces a rather nifty one-liner to convert decimal number to their roman equivalent!
page 47
Gnomic – Alive and kicking (again)
Shane has provided a report, with photos, of the work required to bring back to life my Gnomic DP2000 system
page 53
Stretch Your Mind
Harold has an Xmas theme quiz for us all
page 55
Merry Christmas to You All – from Dee and Myself
page 57
TRS-80 Cassette Reader Website
Check out this fantastic website where you can just ‘drop’ your cassette type file and check it for errors
page 50
The Way we Were
With CP/M available for the M100, I came across this article in ‘personal computing’ everything you need to know about CP/M, it says!
page 77
In Mav’s Workshop
Mav completes his series of the CN80 mouse with part 5 for his article

It can be downloaded from his [http://trs-80.org.uk/downloads.html – Hotlink Deleted] web site.


December 6, 2020 – ROMID Has Been Updated Again

Dean Bear has been kind enough to do one more update his ROM-ID Utility for the Model I, III, and 4 (Model 4 in Model III Mode)

This update does 2 things: [1] Includes compatibility with TRSDOS for the Model III (wrapped the M3 routine to work with both M1 and M3) and [2] Added the current iterations of the FreHD ROMs to the identifiable list of ROMs.

If you downloaded ROMID over the past few days, please re-download it. You can download that file from the TRS-80 Software Search Page by searching for Dean Bear in the Author box.


December 9, 2020 – Extremely Large Collection of Service Manuals in Lakeland Florida

A gentleman in Florida has an extremely large collection of Tandy / Radio Shack service manuals and disks free for local pickup only … so, if you live near [https://duckduckgo.com/?q=maps+lakeland+fl&t=h_&ia=web&iaxm=maps – Hotlink Deleted] Lakeland FL (between Tampa and Orlando) and can rescue them …! He does not want to give them to someone who will sell them, and is looking for someone who might be willing to preserve them digitally (i.e., scan them).

Even if you do not want the items, but live in the area and can store them for a few weeks, we would love your help. We can likely get down there and/or have a task rabbit pack and ship to us, but not within the one week we have, so if you can pick up and store, that would be a great help to the TRS-80 community too.

The items available / needing pickup are:

  • 4 large Rubbermaid totes (probably 75 lbs. each)
  • A number of file boxes
  • 2 ancient Rubbermaid footlockers
  • A lot of loose binders, diskette boxes, etc.
  • A few hardware items

If you can pick these up within the next week, please Contact Me.


December 10, 2020 – Site Updates

The Model III Parts page and the Hard Drive page have been udpated to include Newsoft products and Texas Tandy Restoration’s guide to painting.

The Disk Conversion page has been udpated to further implement the various new hardware solutions.


December 12 – Vipers in Love

Kyle Wadsten of Plaid Vest Software (home of the [https://www.plaidvest.com/newkey80/index.html – Hotlink Deleted] NEWKEY/80) won this year’s game competition for Vipers in Love. Kyle describes the game:

You are Victor, a vicious viper in search of Violet, your sweetheart. She has gotten lost somewhere in the desert. Luckily, she has left a trail of keys you must gather in order to open tunnels in the sand that will lead you to her.
Eat eggs to stay alive while avoiding deadly cactus, scorpions, and sun-bleached bones.
Features include:
  • 100% assembly language for fast-action and high-speed graphics
  • 4-way full screen scrolling
  • Multiple levels, each with a unique theme
  • Sound effects and music
  • Runs on real or emulated hardware (trs80gp recommended)
  • Multiple input options (wasd, arrows, number pad)
  • 2020 TRS8BIT “The Double Do” competition entry

You can download Vipers in Love from the TRS-80 Software Search Page by searching for Vipers in the Description box, or from [http://www.plaidvest.com/viciousvipers/ – Hotlink Deleted] PlaidVest.com.


December 14, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Live # 10 Coming Up

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is Saturday, December 26, 2020 AT 6:00PM Pacific Standard Time!

You can watch on the TRS-80 Trash Talk channel: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg – Hotlink Deleted].


December 17, 2020 – Catweasel Software v4.6 Released

Quentin Barnes has releases v4.6 of the Catweasel Tools originally written by Tim Mann.

Changelog:

  • Skipping over 4.5.x versions since George Phillips had used that point release line for his work.
  • Git repo “cw2dmk” of Tim Mann’s work was created by ezrec (Jason S. McMullan). Transferred to qbarnes.
  • Switched Linux release binaries to be for 64-bit OSes.
  • Added change from George Phillips for his “join” (-j) feature that will join different rereads of the same track and merge good sectors.
  • Fixed problem of missing data between index hole detect and read started. This should noticably reduce disk read errors and even occasionally dropping of entire sectors.
  • Added change to allow cw2dmk tools to function on newer Linux releases by enabling PCI I/O space access if disabled.
  • Added change to recognize and skip factory-formatted sides of a disk. Controlled with -b option.
  • The subdirectory “cwsdpmi” is now a git sub-module for picking up the “cwsdpmi.exe” binary for MS-DOS.
  • Cleaned up and merged multiple makefiles for different environments into one. Makes it easier to maintain, build, and cross-build. By default, the Makefile will now only build for the native OS. See the new file BUILDING.md for further information.
  • Created subdirectory “firmware” for holding firmware related files including a LICENSE file. I also received some additional documentation from Jens Schoenfeld on programming the MK3 and MK4 and a file with firmware revision history saved here as firmware/Changelog.
  • To be less generic, renamed “testhist” binary to “cwtsthst”, still keeping to MS-DOS’s 8.3 file naming convention.
  • Update code base to be 64-bit clean. Fixed all known problems but some may remain.
  • Changed to using semantic versioning for version ID.

You can download from [https://github.com/qbarnes/cw2dmk/releases/tag/v4.6.0 – Hotlink Deleted] Github.


December 21, 2020 – TRS-80 Model II for Sale

A Model II is for sale in Costa Mesa, California. Owner would like $500 or best offer.

If interested, please Contact Me. I will pass along emails in the order they arrive


December 23, 2020 – CoCo Available (Free for Local Pickup or Will Ship for $20+Shipping)

Update: Claimed

Coco for free near Orlando, Florida.

Owner says it warms up when I turn on the power, but doesn’t have the cables to connect it to a tv to see if it works. Original packaging but the cardboard is a mess.

Free for local pickup for will ship for cost of shipping + $20.

If interested, please Contact Me. I will pass along emails in the order they arrive


December 27, 2020 – TRS-80 Trash Talk Live # 10 Postponed to 1/2

The next TRS-80 Trash Talk live show is Saturday, January 2, 2020 AT 6:00PM Pacific Standard Time!

You can watch on the TRS-80 Trash Talk channel: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg – Hotlink Deleted]