Sunday, January 2, 2022

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #21 is Saturday, January 29th at 5pm Eastern

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #21 will be taking place on Saturday, January 29th at 5pm Eastern.  Come join us to welcome in a new year of TRS-80 collecting and enjoyment!  This time around is our European friendly timeslot so we hope to see all of our friends from that side of the pond.   We'll be covering all the news and current events in the TRS-80 vintage computer community.  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 Jan 29th!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg

https://www.facebook.com/trs80trashtalk

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Episode 41

These are the show notes for Episode 41 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

Show Title

Episode 41 -  TRS-80 Hard Drives


Direct Episode Link

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/33965.mp3


Description

In this episode we start with the usual news and current events in the world of the TRS-80.  After that, we discuss a bunch of recent acquisitions.  We also review the book "Learning Level II" by David A. Lien.  Then, we review the June 1980 issue of "80 Microcomputing".  Finally, we discuss the history of hard drive solutions for the TRS-80 and offer recommendations to enthusiasts looking to use a hard drive on their TRS-80s today.


Trash Talkers

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


News and Current Events

John Mauchly, co-inventor of the digital computer, was finally happy when he got a TRS-80 as he had it all to himself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcWsNdyl264&t=149s

And the winner is:  Kyle Wadsten, again.  The only entrant in this year's TRS8Bit programming competition.   

https://www.plaidvest.com/nightdriver/index.html

What’s new in trs80gp 2.4.5    

http://48k.ca/trs80gp.html


Recent Acquisitions


Mav's White 64K Coco 1 at Pete’s house

Softerm 2000 comms package for the Tandy 2000

Ugly yellowed Dick Smith System 80 Mk II (PMC-81)

Eric's upgraded CoCo3 from Mark Marlette at Cloud-9

Another Amdek 300A

Retrotink 5X

https://www.retrotink.com/product-page/5x-pro


Book Review

"Learning Level II" by David A. Lien

https://www.classic-computers.org.nz/system-80/books/books-Learning-Level-II-(1979).pdf


Generate ?ST error in Level II BASIC:

10 A$="1"+("2"+("3"+("4"+("5"+("6"+("7"+("8"+("9"+("a"+"b")))))))))


Magazine Review

George Phillips leads us through “June 1980, 80 Microcomputing”

https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/net.pski.retro/TRS80TrashTalk/Episode41/80%20Microcomputing%20v06%20%281980%29%281001001%20Inc%29%28pdf%29.pdf


Main Topic: TRS-80 Hard Drives

The trash talkers discuss the history of Hard Drives for the TRS-80, from original RS units to modern solid state replacements.

Original Radio Shack HD Units - 8MB, 5MB, 12MB, 15MB, 35MB & 70MB

Original Third Party HD Units

FreHD

http://www.frehd.com

LoTech / DOM

https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/trs-80-ide-hard-drive-interface/

MISE/M3SE

http://bartlettlabs.com/

TRS-IO/TRS-IO-M1

https://github.com/apuder/TRS-IO

DREM

https://www.drem.info

MFM Reader

https://www.pdp8online.com/mfm/


Thursday, December 2, 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #20 is Saturday, December 11th at 9pm EST

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #20 will be taking place on Saturday, December 11th at 9pm Eastern.  We'll be covering all the news and current events in the TRS-80 vintage computer community.  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!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg

https://www.facebook.com/trs80trashtalk

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Episode 40

These are the show notes for Episode 40 of TRS-80 Trash Talk


Direct Episode Link: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/33901.mp3

Show Title

Episode 40 -  We're Back!

Description

In this episode we explain where we've been for the last 10 months since the last episode.  We then go  ahead and discuss the usual news and current events in the world of the TRS-80.  We review Tandy Assembly 2021 and welcome George Phillips as a full-time Trash Talker.  Then, we discuss a bunch of recent acquisitions.  We also review the book "TRS-80 Color Computer Interfacing" and present some new calls for projects.

Trash Talkers

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

News

Tandy Assembly 2021 took place on October 1-3
http://www.tandyassembly.com

Nick Marentes has a new game for the Model I/III/4 called “Gem Hunter”
https://www.trs-80.com/wordpress/2021/10/17/new-trs-80-game-gem-hunter/

Hans is working on XENIX for the FreHD48

Mav now has Repro FDC and serial boards for the Model III and M4 NGA

Was there a 50 Hz Model I?  
https://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum/genres/tandy-radio-shack/1227026

Get in touch to join the Tandy Discord at trs80trashtalk@gmail.com


Recent Acquisitions

Dual Channel DC Adjustable Load

CRT Tester Rejuvenator - B&K Model 466 CRT Tester/Rejuvenator

Lobo Max80

Talker/80 on order.  They are still available on request. 

8” system ARCnet package  

Model 2000 VIAnet/ARCnet package 

Eric now has a Model II desk thanks to Pete

Aaron picked up MS Basic Compiler for the Model II


Call for Projects 

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

Model I/III Sound Generator Tool - A modern tool that allows you to design and test sounds and creates the necessary BASIC and Z80 code to add to programs.

Leo Christopherson tribute page - showcase his amazing work bringing animation and sound to the TRS-80.


Book Review

TRS-80 Color Computer Interfacing, With Experiments by Andrew C. Staugaard Jr.

80micro magazine - January 1986 - Mav looks at some of the interesting articles https://colorcomputerarchive.com/repo/Documents/Magazines/80%20Micro/1986/80%20Micro%20-%208601%20-%20January%201986.pdf







Sunday, October 24, 2021

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #19 is happening Saturday, November 6th at 5pm Eastern

TRS-80 Trash Talk Live #19 will be taking place on Saturday, November 6th at 5pm Eastern.  We'll be talking about all the news and current events in the TRS-80 community, including a review of Tandy Assembly 2021 and the release of the newest TRS-80 game from Nick Marentes called "Gem Hunter".  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!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg

https://www.facebook.com/trs80trashtalk

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!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg

https://www.facebook.com/trs80trashtalk

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!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkGugvdCkpkMDylVQb9gfg

https://www.facebook.com/trs80trashtalk