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

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Episode 20

    These are the show notes for Episode 20 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

    Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31406.mp3

    Show Title

    Episode 20 -  2017 Review, 2018 Plans and Jerry Heep

    Description

    This episode includes significant portions of our live show from this past December where we review our episodes from 2017 and talk about our upcoming 2018 TRS-80 related projects.  Also, in our continuing series of interviews with Tandy Radio Shack engineers, we talk to Jerry Heep about his long career working as a Tandy engineer.

    Trash Talkers
    • Peter Cetinski
    • Ian Mavric
    • Randy Kindig
    • Peter Bartlett
    • Paul Schreiber
    • Mike Yetsko
    Topics


    • Live Show #2 - 2017 Review and 2018 Thoughts
    • Interview: Jerry Heep (@ 1:30)


    Links











    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Episode 19

    These are the show notes for Episode 19 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

    Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31315.mp3

    Show Title

    Episode 19 - TRS-80s on the Farm and Paul Schreiber

    Description

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

    Trash Talkers
    • Peter Cetinski
    • Ian Mavric
    Topics


    • Recent Acquisitions
    • Mav's Model II
    • TRS-80s in Agriculture
    • Newark Tandy Rescue
    • TRS-Box XENIX
    • Listener Feedback
    • Interview: Paul Schreiber


    Links

    TRS-80 Agricultural Software Source Book

    Newark Rescued Cocos

    Terry Stewart's (Tezza's) Webzone for Classic Computers

    Tandy Parody Ad

    TRS-Box XENIX

    Paul Schreiber's Synthesis Technologies

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Episode 18

    These are the show notes for Episode 18 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

    Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31208.mp3

    Show Title

    Episode 18 - Tandy Assembly Recap and Mike Yetsko

    Description

    In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss what happened at the inaugural Tandy Assembly event on October 7th and 8th 2017.  After that we do a little eBay shopping.  Then, Peter Cetinski interviews Tandy engineer Mike Yetsko.  Mike has quite a few interesting stories to tell about his time working at Tandy Radio Shack back in the day.

    Trash Talkers
    • Peter Cetinski
    • Peter Bartlett
    • Randy Kindig
    • Ian Mavric
    Topics


    • Tandy Assembly Retrospective
    • Listener Feedback
    • eBay Shopping
    • Interview: Mike Yetsko


    Links

    Tandy Assembly
    http://www.tandyassembly.com