Thursday, November 7, 2019

Episode 33

These are the show notes for Episode 33 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32645.mp3

Show Title

Episode 33 - The TRS-80 Model 100

Description

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.

Trash Talkers

  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank
  • Josh Malone
  • Randy Kindig

Main Topics


Tandy Assembly 2019
http://www.tandyassembly.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPyGtUzQU0Vf7CiSiJLySUg

ARCNET
http://pski.net/2019/11/03/tandy-model-ii-arcnet-software-archive/

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 32

These are the show notes for Episode 32 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32466.mp3

Show Title

Episode 32 - Tandy Assembly 2019 Preview and Buzz Murphy

Description

In this episode we start by previewing the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2019.  We have a lot of big news to relate regarding the 3rd annual gathering of Tandy Radio Shack computing enthusiasts in Springfield, Ohio.  We 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.  We then try to decide what do you do with a wall of Model I Video Displays.  Finally, in our interview segment, Pete 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.

Trash Talkers

  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank

Commercials

  • Mike Rowen

Main Topics


Tandy Assembly 2019
  • September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
  • Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown
  • http://www.tandyassembly.com
  • We review all of the speakers, tech classes and registered exhibits

Trash Talk passes 100,000 Downloads
Big thanks to our listeners!


Mav's New Projects
  • Speed up kit (gas pedal) for Model I available soon (Holmes Sprinter 1L repro) and 
  • Restorer’s/Repairer’s Diags disks set for Model III/4/4P/4D


Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins Archive Project

Ira and Pete worked on this for a month to scan and restore a collection of original Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins.
https://github.com/pski/model2archive/tree/master/Documents/Customer%20Service%20Bulletins


TRS-80 Model 2/12/16/6000 LS-DOS Scroll Protect working after 35 Years.

After attempting to port Zork from the Model 4 and discovering a problem with LS-DOS going all the way back to the 6.2.0AH Beta, Aaron has been working on fixing this. Getting the patch to play nice in the little space left for it was interesting.


TRS-80 Model 16 for Midwest Computer Museum

Pete has been getting a Model 16 working for the museum.  Will bring it to Tandy Assembly.
http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?56212-Tandon-TM848-2-fuse


TRS-80 Model I for the TA Auction

Pete spent some time fixing lots of issues with a full Model I system.
https://youtu.be/5kwSHWScWD4


Recent Acquisitions

Mav's consignment of Mod 1 gear found in Werribee and consignment of Sinclair ZX Spectrum gear found in Diamond Creek, both in Melbourne. 


New TRS-80 Model 12/16B/6000 dust cover
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-TANDY-Computer-Dust-Cover-Model-12-16B-6000-NEW-NOS/383063725391


Model I Video Display Wall

Pete is soliciting ideas for what do you do with a 3x3 wall of Model I Video Displays
https://twitter.com/TRS80TrashTalk/status/1146778915651956737?s=17


Book Review

"Coco: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisey Pitre and Bill Loguidice
https://www.amazon.com/CoCo-Boisy-G-Pitre-dp-1466592478/dp/1466592478



Interview


Buzz Murphy


Pete interviews former Tandy Radio Shack Marketing Manager Buzz Murphy. Buzz Murphy worked for Tandy Radio Shack in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He joined the company just before the TRS-80 was introduced so he was able to participate in one of the great success stories of the early personal computer era…the TRS-80 Model I. Buzz was a computer marketing expert and divisional manager at Radio Shack Computer Centers and so he offers a different perspective of the TRS-80 story from what you may have heard before.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Episode 31



These are the show notes for Episode 31 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32358.mp3

Show Title

Episode 31 - News, Acquisitions and Valerie See

Description

In this episode we 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.

Trash Talkers

  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank

Commercials

  • Mike Rowen




Main Topics


Tandy Assembly 2019
  • September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
  • Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown
  • http://www.tandyassembly.com
  • Tandy Tech Track - New Friday classes are confirmed
  • There will be at least 5 classes run in sequence.


Tandy Tech Track Classes

  • Arno Puder - TRS-80 Expansion Bus, TRS-IO, FreHD
  • Ian Mavric/Eric Dittman - FreHD48, 8” systems repairs, etc.
  • George Phillips - Advanced Z80 Programming
  • Others will be announced soon


New Pricing (unchanged for non-Tech Track participants):

Attendees:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $30
  • Saturday and Sunday: $10

Exhibitors:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $50
  • Saturday and Sunday: $30


Tandy Engineer Paul Schreiber will be speaking.



40th Anniversary of the Model II

The TRS-80 Model II Microcomputer was announced 40 years ago at the National Computer Conference in New York City on June 4, 1979.

Custom Model II ROM Project

http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?69939-Custom-4K-ROM-for-Big-Tandy-computers-like-the-Model-II

Mav's New Items

Coco RS232 serial cart, Orchestra-80 (mono) for the M1 and M1 Level II Eprom upgrade adapter

Dealer Franchise Updates

Pete and Ira have been busy scanning and cleaning up a collection of poor photocopies of Radio Shack Dealer Franchise Updates from 1985-1986

https://github.com/pski/model2archive/tree/master/Documents/RS%20Dealer-Franchise%20Updates


Recent Acquisitions

Pete discusses his haul from the 3rd Seymour, CT Vintage Computer Auction

Pete's 26-1126 CR-510 TRS-80 Card Reader
http://www.trs-80.org/cr510-card-reader/

Pete's 17 OEM TRS-80 RCA 12” B&W CRTs from Kemner’s Surplus

Mav's System 80 and TRS-80 consignment in Melbourne

Eric's Holmes Sprinter III
http://www.trs-80.org/holmes-sprinter/

Eric's Lifeboat CP/M for the Model II - damaged disk
https://github.com/pski/model2archive/tree/master/Software/CPM/Lifeboat

Eric's DOSPLUS II for the Model II
http://www.trs-80.org/dosplus/

Eric's TRS-80 Model I 4K Level I with preliminary User’s Manual - s/n 1361, video display s/n 1230


Handy Hints

“What not to do to your Model 16”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7g4eWyEoo



Book Review


"The Custom TRS-80 and Other Mysteries”

https://archive.org/details/Custom_TRS-80_and_Other_Mysteries_1982_Dennis_Bathory_Kitsz




Interview



Pete interviews former Tandy Radio Shack engineer Valerie See. Val worked at Tandy Radio Shack during the TRS-80 glory days of the 1980s. You'll be entertained by her stories of what it was like to work in the company as one of the few female engineers at that time.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Episode 30

These are the show notes for Episode 30 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32272.mp3

Show Title

Episode 30 - Lots of Acquisitions and Rick Papo


Description


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.


Trash Talkers
  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank

    Commercials
    • Mike Rowen


    Main Topics


    Mav's New Items
    Model III white cable renew kit and Coco RS232 serial cart


    Upcoming Shows


    VCF Southeast
    April 27th and 28th

    VCF East
    May 3-5

    The 28th Annual “Last” Chicago CocoFest
    May 4th and 5th

    Tandy Assembly 2019
    September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
    Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown

    Recent Acquisitions


    Pete discusses the 2nd Vintage computer auction in Connecticut in early March Pete discusses his major Tandy haul from Chicago in early April Model II Graphics Board Kit

    Pete's Network I Controller
    http://www.trs-80.org/network-1-controller

    Eric's Lobo MAX-80

    Eric's TRS-80 Digitizer

    Eric's TRS-80 Model I S-100 adapter 


    Kevin Parker’s Search Engine



    Book Review

    “Model III ROM Commented”

    Ebay Shopping

    Mav's cheap Model 16 keyboard

    Eric's cheap Model II quad-drive system with hard drive only $105

    Pete's totally great mouse pad

    Tandy 6000

    A clean Model III with Aerocomp drives and spare RS-232 board

    Model 4 Gate Array motherboard:

    80microcomputing #1 & 2 sold for $A10.00

    "Rare" Model II


    Interview


    Pete interviews "Model III ROM Commented" and "TRSDOS Commented" author Rick Papo.

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    Episode 29

    These are the show notes for Episode 29 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

    Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32187.mp3

    Show Title

    Episode 29 - Interview with Steve Leininger


    Description

    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 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.   

    Trash Talkers
    • Peter Cetinski
    • Steve Leininger
      Commercials
      • Mike Rowen
      Main Topic
      • Peter Cetinski interviews Steve Leininger.

      Links

      Purdue University
      https://www.purdue.edu

      The Homebrew Computer Club
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebrew_Computer_Club

      TRS-80 Model I
      http://www.trs-80.org/model-1/
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80

      TRS-80 Model II
      http://home.iae.nl/users/pb0aia/cm/modelii.html

      Z8000 Microprocessor
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zilog_Z8000

      Archive of Steve's Workbench on the Wayback Machine
      https://web.archive.org/web/19970713191431/http://www.radioshack.com/html/steve's_work_bench.html

      Steve's Interview from 1977
      http://www.trs-80.com/wordpress/interview-with-steven-w-leininger/



      Tuesday, February 12, 2019

      Episode 28

      These are the show notes for Episode 28 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

      Direct Episode Link:  http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/32155.mp3

      Show Title

      Episode 28 -  Buying and Selling TRS-80s


      Description

      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.  

      Trash Talkers
      • Peter Cetinski
      • Ian Mavric
      • Eric Dittman
      • Kyle Wadsten
        Commercials
        • Mike Rowen

        News and Current Events
        • VCF PNW, VCF East, CocoFest, Tandy Assembly
        • trsnic - a new TRS-80 WiFi Network Card
        • NEWKEY/80
        • Tezza's Stringy Floppy Drive
        • Mav's Model I power supply replacement
        • TRS8BIT
        • Feedback

        Main Topic
        • Buying and Selling TRS-80s.  The Trash Talkers discuss in depth about buying and selling TRS-80s.  Learn about where to buy, sell and how to skillfully do it with many tips and tricks from the group. 

        Links

        VCF Pacific Northwest
        Mar 23 & 24

        VCF East
        May 3-5

        The 28th Annual “Last” Chicago CocoFest
        May 4th and 5th

        Tandy Assembly 2019
        September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
        Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown
        http://www.tandyassembly.com

        trsnic
        https://github.com/pski/trsnic

        NEWKEY/80

        Tez’s Stringy Floppy Archive

        Mav's Model I Power Supply Replacement
        https://www.ebay.com/itm/TRS-80-Model-I-heavy-duty-power-supply-kit-for-project-builders/163519119723?hash=item26127fc16b:g:gJkAAOSwWtFcU8tY:rk:2:pf:0


        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