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TRS-80 Trash Talk
99 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
Episode 41 - TRS-80 Hard Drives
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.
99 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Episode 40 - We're Back!
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.
99 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
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.
152 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
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.
99 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Episode 37 - A Plethora of TRS-80 Items and Classical Mosquito
In this episode we discuss a whole bunch of TRS-80 accessories and recent acquisitions. We then talk about the TRS-80 music album ''Classical Mosquito'' by Robb Murray. Then we dive into some interesting eBay sales of rare TRS-80 accessories. We wrap up with a review of the classic TRS-80 programming book ''TRS-80 Assembly Language Programming'' by William Barden Jr.
120 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Episode 36 - New TRS-80 Accessories and John Elliott IV
In this episode we discuss a bunch of new add-on accessories for the TRS-80, including new versions of the classic CHROMAtrs and XLR8er boards as well as the new Talker/80 voice synthesizer. We also talk about some big Tandy XENIX news as well as the new z80unit assembly language testing framework. We review the popular TRS-80 hardware hacking book ''Hardware Interfacing with the TRS-80''. Finally, Pete interviews former Tandy software engineer John Elliott IV.
96 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 35 - Surviving the Pandemic with Your TRS-80
In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss the greatest TRS-80 rescue mission of all time as they head to Fort Worth to recover a significant TRS-80 collection. Then, we give you all sorts of ideas on what you can do with your TRS-80 while sequestered away in your home during the current global pandemic.
134 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Episode 34 - News and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
In this episode we cover some news, like the release of TRS-Box with TCP/IP support, the newest TRS8BIT newsletter and serial mouse support for the Model 4. Then we discuss a bunch of new acquisitions, including a MTI Mod III Plus hot rodded Model III and a Rochester Data Dynatyper. Finally, in the main segment, Pete interviews Dennis Bthory-Kitsz, the author of the fantastic ''The Custom TRS-80'' book and all-around renaissance man.
100 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Episode 33 - The TRS-80 Model 100
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.
162 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Episode 32 - Tandy Assembly 2019 Preview and Buzz Murphy
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.
163 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
Episode 31 - News, Acquisitions and Valerie See
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.
173 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Episode 30 - Lots of Acquisitions and Rick Papo
Spring is in the air at Trash Talk headquarters, so weve 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.
111 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
Episode 29 - Interview with Steve Leininger
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 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.
119 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
Episode 28 - Buying and Selling TRS-80s
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.
153 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Episode 27 - The First Tandy Computers
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.
111 minutes | Oct 21, 2018
Episode 26 - TRS-80 Collecting
In this episode, regular Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome Aaron Brockbank and Eric Dittman to the show. First, we run through the schedule for the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018. Then, we spend some time discussing one of the more popular TRS-80 newsletters from the period, 80 US Journal, which is 40 years old this month. Finally, in our main segment, we talk in-depth about TRS-80 collecting.
119 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
Episode 25 - RetroStore is a TRS-80 App Store
In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome guest host Aaron Brockbank as he joins us to discuss the latest news and current events in the world of the TRS-80. Then, we talk with some of the management team from Tandy Assembly to discuss the preparations for the big event in November. Finally, we interview Arno Puder and Sascha Haeberling who have developed a TRS-80 App Store including the hardware needed to access it from your TRS-80 via the Internet.
121 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
Episode 24 - Summer 2018 and Ken Brookner
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.
111 minutes | May 16, 2018
Episode 23 - Tandy vs IBM
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.
121 minutes | Mar 31, 2018
Episode 22 - TRS-80 Clones: The Dick Smith System 80
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.
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