1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. WELCOME Grumblers
    Backup is now done at 3PM EDT. You may find the server down for up to two minutes at that time.

Goodbye TRS-80 model 100 portable

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by Rick Bergeron - CPF, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. Rick Bergeron - CPF

    Rick Bergeron - CPF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Goodbye TRS-80 model 100. My first portable computer. Found it during our cleanout/downsize of "Stuff" collected over the years. To the county landfill it goes.

    Attached the image file. The forum doesn't recognize the image share link to MSFT OneDrive.

    Attached Files:

    Sponsor Wanted
  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Great machine for its day.
  3. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I have a Commodore 64 Exec. stashed away. I really should toss it out.
  4. Dirk

    Dirk CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    The earlier TRS-80 used a cassette tape recorder for data storage. A printer was available - thermal printing on grayish, coated paper - and a memory upgrade option provided 64K RAM instead of the standard 16K. The best part was the fact that only one file could be executed at at time, and, generally, it involved computation - thus the name computer.
  5. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The first computer I ever used (in HS) was a TRS-80. It had a cassette recorder attached to it to save programs. Literally, a regular old audio cassette recorder with standard audio tapes.
  6. cvm

    cvm PFG, Picture Framing God

    My father was part of the 'secret' management team behind the 'secret' new division of Atari called AtariTel.


    Last month, my mom FINALLY tossed out a whole cache of AtariTel prototypes and related ****.
    David Waldmann likes this.
  7. Rick Bergeron - CPF

    Rick Bergeron - CPF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The paper was aluminum on black paper and the dot matrix printer vaporized the aluminum (IIRC)
    Yep, standard audio cassette player/tapes. Sometimes things were a bit finicky with the volume setting.
  8. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I was a "special team" member at Kmart in 1974 DP department with the task of setting up a data link with individual stores to the corporate offices. The data was to include point of sale data, payroll and receiving and payment of inventory.
    We used Burroughs B-2000 bookkeeping machines with two 1/4" cassettes for the data and program. We ran out of the ability to add RAM at 32K. Of course 300 baud Hayes modems were state of the art.

    Yes this was before PC's.

    At the time payroll was calculated by hand via charts and manual spreadsheets then paid in cash, all inventory was hand counted, both on the floor and as it was received. Ordering was done by visual inspection of the shelves and invoices were individually matched with the products as they were received. Invoices were then sent to Corporate where the information was keypunched in "data entry" (50,000 per day) for final payment.

    Oh yes, credit cards, 3-4 part imprint receipts (done with those knuckle busters) were mailed to credit centers. The "hot sheets" were printed lists of unacceptable credit card numbers that had to be visually compared with every card. They were updated every 2 weeks.

    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  9. Frances M.

    Frances M. CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I got in a panic recently when my keyboard went on the fritz. Then I looked at at it and realized it was a Compaq, which came with the first computer we had when we opened the shop 20 years ago. I guess we got our money's worth.
    cvm and David Waldmann like this.
  10. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

  11. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    NOOOOOO! Not the landfill for that cool old computer. Send it to me I'll pay the postage and get it working again. Great old computer.

  12. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    My 1st computer program for picture framing was written on that machine. The code was printed in Décor Magazine in 1987.

    David Waldmann likes this.
  13. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Did you use Visicalc?
  14. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

  15. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Affectionately known as the Trash-80, it was actually pretty good in its time, and Radio Shack was a store that had pretty cool stuff at the time. Same era as my Timex Sinclair, Atari 800 and Commodore 64.
  16. Rick Bergeron - CPF

    Rick Bergeron - CPF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Carp. Missed it by 24 hours.
  17. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    Nope, that was their Model 1, my 1st desktop 16K level 1 basic in ROM cassette storage. I had to make my own interface for a printer using the cassette port. Printed at 110baud if I remember correctly. What a hunk of junk but we all loved it.

  18. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    That's "C r a p"


    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Don't you dare! if i had a nickel for all the times i've regretted tossing our collection of Commodore 64's and VIC-20's...
  20. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    ...you'd be able to buy a cup of coffee? Starbucks coffee??

Sponsor Wanted

Share This Page

Wizard Ad