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


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.

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

What’s new in trs80gp 2.4.5

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

Book Review

"Learning Level II" by David A. Lien

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”

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


LoTech / DOM




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