June 1, 2024 – New TRS8BIT Newsletter

June 1, 2024 – New TRS8BIT Newsletter – Vol 18, No. 2

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Issue Information:

Date:
June 2024
Pages:
120
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Table of Contents:

02
“Mav’s T.A. Column – Latest News: Check Out The ‘Special Deal’ For CoCo Fans” by Ian Mavric
06
“2024 Competition Details” by Unattributed
58
“In Mav’s Workshop: Sort CoCo 3 Keyboards” by Ian Mavric
14
“Basic Dialects: Jim Has Compiled A Detailed List Of 18 Versions.” by Jim Adams
33
“Full Card Shuffle: Basic One-liner” by E.T. Fonehume
40
“TRS-80 M4GA” by John Mineur
48
“In Mav’s Workshop: Printer Problems With A Model I” by Ian Mavic
56
“April Basque TRS-80 Tournament” by Egoitz Campo
59
“Software Tools: Episode 4: Get Cracking” by Vince Otten
83
“The Way We Were: The Latest Ideas From In The Day” by Unattributed
92
“U.K. eBay Bargains: Were You One Of The Lucky Ones?” by Unattributed
95
“Surfin’ The Net: More New And Leading Tech Ideas From YouTube” by Unattributed
99
“Where Are They Now?: Remembering Leading Figures From In The Day” by Unattributed
102
“Amazing Fun-time Puzzle: Just For A Break!” by Unattributed
103
“Editor Assembler Plus” by Vince Otten
116
“In Mav’s Workshop: Model II Mostek Madness!” by Ian Mavric

May 23, 2024 – Robert Kilgus Interview Parts 3 and 4

L Curtis Boyle let me know that Canadian Retro Things posted two more parts of his interview with Robert Kilgus.

Part 3 covers the main part of his career with the Coco from 1979-1984, including selected as one of the few to get the earliest prototypes of the TRS-80 Color Computer, the cross development system he used for the earliest Coco programs, and developing his Coco specific programs and games. You can watch that here

Part 4 (the final part) finishes covering the Coco (including the unreleased OS-9 Scripsit from 1984) and his final home computer (multi-platform) project – and what went wrong there. And a bit of what he is following these days. You can watch that here

May 17, 2024 – Robert Kilgus OK’s Downloads

L Curtis Boyle let me know that Canadian Retro Things posted a two part interview with Robert Kilgus. They write:

While at the 32nd Annual ‘Last’ Chicago CoCoFest I took a little side trip with L Curtis Boyle. We visited Robert Kilgus, a name you may recognize from a number of TRS-80 Model 1 and CoCo programs. We sat down with Robert, here is part one of the interview covering his early days, before doing anything for Tandy.

You can watch Part 1, entitled “The Early Years” here and Part 2, entitled “The TRS 80 Model 1 Years”, here.

While they were it, they secured permission from Robert to post his sofware and books, so you can download his book, Inside Microfiles, right here and all of Robert’s files have now been made downloadable via the Software Seach Page.

May 5, 2024 – Catweasel Utilities Updated to v4.10.1

Quentin Barnes has updated the Catweasel Utilities to v4.10.1

New to this release are:

  • Fix indefinite looping while guessing head stepping rate when encountering unusually formatted disks, often from copy protection.
  • Fix bug with wraparound detection when the duplicate ID block gets cut off by the DMK buffer filling up. The fix is to stop decoding when the buffer fills up, so that we don’t detect such a header in the first place.

A ZIP file with the DOS, Linux, and Source Code can be downloaded here.

The main GITHUB can found at https://github.com/qbarnes/cw2dmk/.