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Oh come on... you know. A TRASH-80! Tandy-Radio Shack.

Ya know, hooked to a Teletype for a 300 baud!

8 inch floppy disk "array" (4 stack)

-- Anonymous Coward

I learned to program on a TRS-80 Model III. We used a regular audio cassette deck as a storage device, and had to make sure the boot disk was in place before turning it on.

It was basic, but a great learning device. I programmed a graphic slot machine on it!

-- former TRS-80 User
I have (and still use!) a TRS-80 Model 100, the first laptop that wouldn't make your legs numb. It has an internal 300 bps modem, a serial port, parallel port, and an LCD display, 64 x 240 elements. Operating system: Microsoft (c) 1982. I started using it again when I wanted to look at the realities of developing WAP interfaces, and WBMP graphics. Way cool... it reads the date as 1901-- probably the last REAL Y2K non-compliant hardare ever made.

- Steve Lackey
My dad got one of the very first TRaSh-80s and we had a blast with it. Every time RS came out with a patch, be it wiring or software. we were all over it. The Model 1, with a few wires running out from under the keys (really!) was self-upgraded to a Model 2, then "2+" with a few more wires and resistors. All the stories about playing "graphics" games for hours using the horridly slow cassette player and special tapes were proven true while having countless hours of fun -- saving princesses from multi-level iron asteroids and landing planes totally on instruments with poor "real time" screen updates. Then we got a Model III -- wow, two built-in floppies and SPEED TO BURN!!! The Three went the way of the 1 and soon had wires running hither and yon. Colorful if not too neat, and always reliable. Dad also got the Model 100 laptop and it still works fine, though 300 baud became slow at some point. In 1995, after 20 years of service, the Three was given to the local high school where it's still used today (June 2000!) as a typing tutor. No matter what you say you can't kill 'em, eat your heart out Microsoft.
- Mike Hammer
When I was in high school I took the money my I was given for clothes and bought a TRS80 CoCo. Among other things, I learned 6809 assembly on it. To this day I would recommend it as the best processor/hardware to lean assembly. Some friends and I figured out how to hook the audio cassette IO to a phone line and could transfer data to each other at 1500 baud. Granted it A) totally proprietary and B) in violation of FCC laws (or whoever governs what you can hook to a phone line) we were kings. - Carl Karsten
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( Topic last updated: 2003.11.19 01:17:47 PM )