Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Episode 27

These are the show notes for Episode 27 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32053.mp3

Show Title

Episode 27 -  The First Tandy Computers


Description

In this episode, the Trash Talkers discuss a little known time in the history of Tandy Radio Shack computing.  There was a short period just before and after the release of the TRS-80 Model I in 1977 when Tandy sold many different microcomputers, from Altairs to Vectors, under the Tandy Computers brand.  Later in the episode, we interview one of the key players of the original Tandy Computers division, former Tandy Radio Shack senior manager, Joe Sigler.  

Trash Talkers
  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Aaron Brockbank
  • Eric Dittman
    Commercials
    • Mike Rowen

    News and Current Events
    • Tandy Assembly 2018
    • This Week in TRS-80
    • Pete's Original TRS-80 Training Videos
    • Recent Acquisitions

    Tandy Computers
    • The Trash Talkers discuss the early Tandy Computers division of Tandy Corporation, including the super rare Tandy 10, Software Special and Tandy 150 computers.

    Interview with Joe Sigler
    • Peter Cetinski talks to former Tandy Radio Shack manager Joe Sigler.  Joe tells lots of interesting stories about the early days in Tandy Radio Shack computing history.

    Links


    Tandy Assembly
    http://www.tandyassembly.com

    Tandy Assembly Videos
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPyGtUzQU0Vf7CiSiJLySUg

    This Week in TRS-80
    https://www.youtube.com/user/RE1974

    Pete's TRS-80 Videos
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMt6yNrSh_iIlTUJLYbrEQ

    TimTams
    https://www.arnotts.com.au/products/tim-tam/

    Radio Shack Books
    https://archive.org/details/tandy_books?&sort=-downloads&page=2

    Forrest Mims Engineer's Notebooks
    https://hackaday.com/2017/01/18/forrest-mims-radio-shack-and-the-notebooks-that-launched-a-thousand-careers/

    Tandy Computers Catalog
    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode27/1978%20Tandy%20Computers%20Catalog.pdf

    Tandy 10
    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode27/ADDS-70-Tandy-10.jpg
    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode27/Tandy10.pdf

    Software Special
    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?66928-Tandy-Computers-quot-Software-Special-quot
    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode27/SWS%20System%20Picture.jpg

    Tandy 150
    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?66885-The-Rarest-Tandy-Computer-of-them-All-The-Tandy-150
    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode27/Tandy150.pdf




    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Episode 26

    These are the show notes for Episode 26 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

    Direct Episode Link:   http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31941.mp3

    Show Title

    Episode 26 -  TRS-80 Collecting


    Description

    In this episode, regular Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome Aaron Brockbank and Eric Dittman to the show.  First, we run through the schedule for the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018. Then, we spend some time discussing one of the more popular TRS-80 newsletters from the period, 80 US Journal, which is 40 years old this month.  Finally, in our main segment, we talk in-depth about TRS-80 collecting.  

    Trash Talkers
    • Peter Cetinski
    • Ian Mavric
    • Aaron Brockbank
    • Eric Dittman
      Commercials
      • Mike Rowen

      News and Current Events

      • Tandy Assembly 2018
      • Recent Acquisitions
      • 40th Anniversary of 80 US Journal
      • TRS8BIT September 2018 Issue Released
      • Feedback

      Audio Feedback
      • George Phillips responds to our segment on his and his brother Peter's Model II Emulator from Episode 25.

      TRS-80 Collecting
      • The Trash Talkers discuss the art of collecting TRS-80s.  We discuss what it means to be a collector, the different types of collectors, what to collect when it comes to TRS-80s and how to go about building your own collection.


      Links


      Tandy Assembly
      http://www.tandyassembly.com

      TimTams
      https://www.arnotts.com.au/products/tim-tam/

      VoxBox
      http://www.trs-80.org/trs-80-voxbox/

      Exatron Stringy Floppy
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exatron_Stringy_Floppy

      Tandy DT-1 Data Terminal
      https://archive.org/details/DT-1_Data_Terminal_Owners_Manual_1982_Tandy

      80 US Journal
      http://www.trs-80.org/80-us-journal/
      http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode26/80%20NW%20v1n01%20(1978%20Sep%20Oct).pdf

      80 Micro
      https://archive.org/details/80-microcomputing-magazine
      80 micro issue #74 has Eric Maloney's comments on the magazine massacre of 1984/85


      September 2018 TRS8BIT
      http://www.fabsitesuk.com/tandy/trs8bit1203.pdf

      Dusty finally got a Model II!
      http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?65981-There-is-a-Santa-)

      Monta Elkins
      Tandy Assembly: https://youtu.be/QCp4qe6dGfs
      Kemner's Surplus: https://youtu.be/x85YudK1Y8A

      Mike Pontillo's Receipt
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212729647216534&set=p.10212729647216534&type=3&theater

      George and Peter Phillips' Model II Emulator
      http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html



      Tuesday, September 4, 2018

      Episode 25

      These are the show notes for Episode 25 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

      Direct Episode Link:   http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31810.mp3

      Show Title

      Episode 25 -  RetroStore is a TRS-80 App Store


      Description

      In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome guest host Aaron Brockbank as he joins us to discuss the latest news and current events in the world of the TRS-80.  Then, we talk with some of the management team from Tandy Assembly and discuss the preparations for the big event in November.  Finally, we interview Aaron Puder and Sascha Haeberling who have developed a TRS-80 App Store including the hardware needed to access it from your TRS-80 via the Internet.

      Trash Talkers
      • Peter Cetinski
      • Ian Mavric
      • Aaron Brockbank
        Commercials
        • Mike Rowen

        News and Current Events

        • Summer/Winter Projects
        • Upcoming Shows
        • Recent Acquisitions
        • TRS8BIT Competition
        • George and Peter Phillips' Model II Emulator
        • RetroStore Card
        • Nick Marentes' TRS-80 Software
        • 260-9800 Hi-Res Add on for Model I
        • Feedback


        Tandy Assembly Update

        • Discussion with Tandy Assembly board members Peter Cetinski, Mike Rowen and Randy Weaver about the current preparations for Tandy Assembly 2018.

        Interview
        • Pete interviews Arno Puder and Sasha Haeberling regarding their TRS-80 Android Emulator, the RetroStore which is a TRS-80 app store, and the RetroStore Card, a new hardware network device to access the RetroStore from a TRS-80.


        Links


        Tandy Assembly
        http://www.tandyassembly.com

        VCFMW
        http://www.vcfmw.org/index.html

        Model II/12/16/16B/6000 Extender Boards
        http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?65238-New-Model-II-16-12-16B-6000-Extender-Boards

        2018 TRS8BIT Competition
        http://www.trs-80.org.uk/competition.html

        George and Peter Phillips' Model II Emulator
        http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html


        David Gesswein’s SA1000 MFM Emulator Adapter


        Sydney TRS-80/MS-DOS Users' Group

        Nick Marentes TRS-80 Software
        http://www.nickmarentes.com/ProjectArchive/index.html


        260-9800 Hi Res Add on for Model I

        RetroStore homepage
        https://retrostore.org/

        Github link to the complete source code of the TRS-80 emulator for Android
        https://github.com/apuder/TRS-80


        Github link to the complete sources of the retrostore.org backend implementation
        https://github.com/shaeberling/retrostore


        Github link to the complete sources of the RetroStoreCard
        https://github.com/apuder/RetroStoreCard



        Monday, July 2, 2018

        Episode 24

        These are the show notes for Episode 24 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

        Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31707.mp3 

        Show Title

        Episode 24 -  Summer 2018 and Ken Brookner


        Description

        In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome the Summer of 2018 (at least in the North) with a bunch of TRS-80 news and current events updates.  We discuss the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018, a new TRS-80 Model I diagnostics cartridge and do some eBay shopping.  Then, we interview former Tandy Radio Shack employee Ken Brookner.  Ken served in many roles at Tandy Radio Shack in Fort Worth, as he climbed the ladder in technical support, starting as a phone rep and ending up as director of the department.

        Trash Talkers
        • Peter Cetinski
        • Ian Mavric
          Retro Commercials
          • Mike Rowen

          News and Current Events

          • Tandy Assembly 2018
          • Charles Tandy's Birthday
          • Frank Durda IV Estate
          • M.A.D Software
          • Recent Acquisitions
          • Model I ICE (In Circuit Emulator) Cartridge
          • Retrostore
          • Feedback
          • Ebay Shopping


          Main Segment

          • Interview with Tandy Radio Shack's Ken Brookner


          Links

          Tandy Assembly
          http://www.tandyassembly.com

          Charles Tandy
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_D._Tandy
          http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/charles_tandy.html
          https://www.amazon.com/Tandys-Money-Machine-Charles-Electronics/dp/0916371123/

          M.A.D Software
          http://madsoft.lonestar.org

          Model I ICE (In Circuit Emulator) Cartridge
          http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?63686-TRS-80-diagnostic-ICE-card

          RetroStore
          https://retrostore.org/

          Home computers: their time is coming
          By Mike Pontillo
          http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.com/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode24/Mike_Pontillo_Article.jpg

          Model I system with monitor dated December 1983
          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tandy-TRS-80-Vintage-PC-WORKING-EXPANSION-printer-plus-more/223023526853?hash=item33ed3cf3c5:g:q~YAAOSw4aZbKGZZ

          Unusual Printer Switch
          https://www.ebay.com/itm/HF-Signalling-Inc-Radio-Shack-TRS-80-Computer-Line-Printer-Switch-Model-80/183225951631?hash=item2aa91e258f:g:qQgAAOSwwcda-eCK

          Line Printer I in Melbourne, Australia
          https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Computer-Line-Printer-Radio-Shack-/142821246632?hash=item2140cf46a8%3Ag%3AvIcAAOSwz35bFS8N&nma=true&si=fN8dkyOsN%252FhTX%252FaQHSNr1CrEr4c%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

          Unused Model I?
          https://www.ebay.com/itm/TRS-80-Full-Computer-Monitor-Expansion-Module-In-Original-Containers-Mint/273242349827?hash=item3f9e836103:g:IbIAAOSw2VFbFFey

          TRS-80 Model 16A for $300
          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-Shack-Tandy-TRS-80-Model-16-with-Software-/202349285083?hash=item2f1cf50edb%3Ag%3A3KkAAOSw64xbLsBZ&nma=true&si=quz2ul3f1DnL4Ucc9KWBAQiTNSs%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

          Tandy 6000 with 3.5" Drives
          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tandy-6000-Computer-in-Model-12-Case-Dual-3-5-Floppy-Conversion/202340465055?hash=item2f1c6e799f:g:-50AAOSwHPNbINWZ







          Wednesday, May 16, 2018

          Episode 23

          These are the show notes for Episode 23 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

          Direct Episode Link:   http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31630.mp3

          Show Title

          Episode 23 -  Tandy vs IBM


          Description

          In this episode the Trash Talkers welcome vintage computing podcast pioneer David Greelish as a guest host.  Pete, Ian and David discuss how Tandy reacted to the the introduction of the IBM Personal Computer in 1981.  Tandy Radio Shack had all the advantages with its massive distribution network, its existing business focused Model II computer and with the forthcoming powerful Tandy 2000 computer.  How the company attempted to compete with IBM and eventually failed is the main focus of the discussion.

          Trash Talkers
          • Peter Cetinski
          • Ian Mavric
          • David Greelish

          Retro Commercials
          • Mike Rowen


          Topics and Links


          David Greelish’s Classic Computing Site
          http://classiccomputing.com/CC/Blog/Blog.html
          Kemner’s Surplus Warehouse
          https://m.facebook.com/KemnerEnterprises
          Knut Roll-lund’s PlayCAS
          http://knut.one/PlayCAS.htm
          Mav’s Hi-Res Archive
          The Model II Archive Project
          The IBM Personal Computer
          Lotus 1-2-3: The Second Killer App
          How IBM's 5150 PC shaped the computer industry
          The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century
          Tandy 1200
          TRS-80 Model II vs IBM 5150
          Tandy 2000 FAQ
          Tandy’s Shifting Sales Strategy

          Saturday, March 31, 2018

          Episode 22

          These are the show notes for Episode 22 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

          Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31547.mp3

          Show Title

          Episode 22 -  TRS-80 Clones: The Dick Smith System 80


          Description

          In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss one of the most popular of the TRS-80 compatible or "clone" computers, the Dick Smith System 80.  The System 80 was mainly sold in Austrailia and New Zealand but variants were also sold in the United States and Europe under the PMC-80 and Video Genie brands.

          Trash Talkers
          • Peter Cetinski
          • Ian Mavric
          • Terry Stewart
          Topics
          • "Breakdown" Game
          • "Actual Reality" Game
          • Micro Bee Mini Vintage Computer Faire
          • Frank Durda IV
          • Model II Disassembly guide
          • Recent Acquisitions
          • Learning from eBay
          • Feedback
          • Main Topic:TRS-80 Compatibles


          Links and References



          Terry Stewart’s System 80 Pages
          Pete’s Breakdown Game
          Tandy Assembly 2018
          CocoFest!
          Microbee Mini Vintage Computer Faire
          Frank Durda IV
          GofundMe for Frank Durda’s Family
          Christian Schreuder’s Model II Disassembly Guide
          Model III Power Connector Conversion Kit
          March 2018 Issue of TRS8BIT
          Model 4 High Resolution Boards
          Model II/III/4 Computer Graphics Image Generator
          List of TRS-80 Clones

          Thursday, February 15, 2018

          Episode 21

          These are the show notes for Episode 21 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

          Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31464.mp3

          Show Title

          Episode 21 -  The TRS-80 in Scientific Research

          Description

          Join the Trash Talkers as we discuss a bunch of TRS-80 related topics, from Pete Cetinski's new TRS-80 Game "Breakdown" to a Radio Shack store reproduction on TV's "Little Sheldon" to a discussion of how TRS-80s were used in scientific research.  We wrap up with some eBay shopping of interesting TRS-80 related accessories and collectables.

          Trash Talkers
          • Peter Cetinski
          • Ian Mavric
          • Mike Rowen
          Topics
          • "Breakdown"
          • Little Sheldon
          • TRS-80s in Scientific Research
          • News and Current Events
          • Feedback
          • eBay Shopping


          Links and References

          Young Sheldon
          https://www.spoilertv.com/2018/01/young-sheldon-episode-112-computer.html

          "Tachistoscopic timing on the TRS-80"

          "Software synchronizing of video displays and Z-80 processing in the Model III TRS-80"

          “Application in Real Time”
          80 microcomputing June 1981 pages 127-129 
          TRS-80 Microcomputer News Volume 2 Issue 3 May 1980 pages 1-2

          “Coco in the Chem Lab”
          Hot Coco May 1984 pages 84-89 

          $20 Model 4
          My TRS-80 Likes Me

          Vintage TRS-80 Store Sign

          FP-215 Flatbed Plotter