Wednesday, September 15, 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #18 is Saturday September 18th at 7:00pm Eastern

Come and join us for our monthly gathering of TRS-80 enthusiasts from all over the planet Earth.  TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #18 will be taking place on Saturday, September 18th at 7pm Eastern.  This is the last show before Tandy Assembly 2021 so let's talk about your plans for the show.  Please get in touch to receive an invite to the interactive Zoom meeting if you'd like to actively participate. We will also be streaming the meeting on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook Page.  See you on Saturday evening!

Friday, July 16, 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #17 is Saturday, July 31st at 9pm Eastern

Make plans to join us for our monthly gathering of TRS-80 enthusiasts from around the world.  TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #17 will be taking place on Saturday, July 31st at 9pm Eastern.  Please get in touch to receive an invite to the interactive Zoom meeting where you can discuss your TRS-80 projects and interact with other likeminded TRS-80 aficionados. We will also be streaming the meeting on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook Page.  We hope to see you then!

Monday, March 22, 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #13 is Saturday, March 27 at 5pm Eastern

Come join us on March 27th for the next TRS-80 Trash Talk Live!  You can watch on our YouTube channel or get in touch for an invitation to our interactive Zoom session.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Episode 39

 These are the show notes for Episode 39 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link:

Show Title

Episode 39 -  TRS-80 Newsletters


In this episode we discuss the usual news and current events in the world of the TRS-80.  We discuss a bunch of recent acquisitions.  We also review the book "TRS-80 More Than BASIC" and present a new segment "Call for Projects".  Then, we wrap up with a discussion of TRS-80 newsletters, which can be an interesting historical addition to your TRS-80 collecting hobby.

Trash Talkers

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


Tandy Assembly is scheduled for October 1-3 for 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk monthly Live shows are a success

A TRS-80 Model III/4 composite video adapter is now available

NewPrint/80 is a TRS-80 virtual printer in development by Plaid Vest Software

trs80gp emulator has an important bug fix

Get in touch to join the Tandy Discord at

Recent Acquisitions

Holmes VID-80 and Sprinter III

“TRS-80 Means Business” Book and Accompanying Disk

26-2731 - School Administrative Software Products - Grade Reporting System

Montezuma Micro Wordstar ProPack for the Model 4


Model II TRS-DOS 1.1 Manual

Call for Projects 

The Trash Talkers discuss potential projects for TRS-80 enthusiasts to tackle.

1. LDOS Basic interpreter that runs on a modern platform 

2. Utility to mount a TRS-80 disk image onto a modern filesystem

Book Review

TRS-80 More Than Basic by John Paul Froehlich

Main Topic

"TRS-80 Newsletters"

The Trash Talkers discuss the history and current day collecting of TRS-80 newsletters.

Here is a list of known TRS-80 newsletters:

  1. TRS8BIT
  2. TRS-80 Microcomputer News
  3. 80 US Journal (80 Northwest)
  4. 80 Micro
  5. Micro 80
  6. two/sixteen
  7. Radio Shack Dealer Franchise Updates
  8. Byte Bandits of America
  9. Computer News 80
  10. DOSPLUS Newsletter
  11. Fayetteville TRS-80 User’s Group Newsletter
  12. King’s Byte - Kings County TRS-80 Users Group
  13. Maxi Series Newsletter
  14. Northern Bytes
  15. South Bay TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter
  16. Tidewater TRS-80 User’s Group Newsletter
  17. H&E Computronics TRS-80 Monthly
  18. TRSTimes
  19. TRS-80 Computing
  20. LDOS Quarterly and Misosys Quarterly
  21. Sydney TRS-80 Users Group - Sydtrug
  22. The S-Eighty
  23. S-80 Bulletin
  24. Stringy Floppy Newsletter
  25. Nibbles and Scribbles
  26. The Alternate Source
  28. Bits and Bytes
  29. Eastern Suburbs 80 Users Group Newsletter
  30. Computronics Model II Newsletter
  31. National 2 -> 6000 Forum Newsletters

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Episode 38

These are the show notes for Episode 38 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Direct Episode Link:

Show Title

Episode 38 -  To Paint Or Not To Paint Your TRS-80 and Tim Mann


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.

Trash Talkers

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


Recent Acquisitions

Scott Instruments VET-2

The Precedent Timekeeping Portfolio

Cheap Model 1


Teleterm-EM, Westico ASCOM, XMODEM for LS-DOS 6.2, others in an 8in disk box.

Computers and Programming - Minefield game using a 76477 attached to a Model 1.


Pete sits down with Tim Mann for an interview.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #8 is Happening October 24th at 9PM EDT

Due to popular demand, we will now be having monthly live shows!  Woo hoo!

Join us for the next show on October 24th, 2020 at 9PM EDT.  We are not publishing the Zoom link going forward for reasons well known if you attended the last show.  :)  Watchers can join the YouTube stream.  If you'd like to join the interactive Zoom meeting, which is much more fun honestly, please get in touch privately.

This time around, we're going to have a presentation by Michael Wessel.  Michael is the creator of the super-cool new TRS-80 accessory, the Talker/80.  The title of the presentation is "The INPs and OUTs of Talker/80, a modern Voice Synthesizer for the TRS-80"

So be sure to join us and find out what it took to create a new TRS-80 accessory.  Maybe it will inspire you to create one of your own!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #7 is Coming on September 26th at 5pm Eastern

Join us on Zoom on September 26th at 5pm Eastern for another live show!  


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 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

  • 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!