February 23rd, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Axiom, EX-801, EX-820, Printer Card, TRS-80, PET, Apple II, BYTE, advertisement, 1979
* Feathered hair not included
Ah, the good ole days when you had to pay $535 (that's $1,744 in today's dollars) for the privilege of merely being able to hook a printer to your home computer. What can I say — it was a useful feature.
My first computer, an Apple II+, came equipped with a Grappler+ printer card (from the previous owner), although I can't recall ever using it. Instead, I printed school reports by that time from whichever family MS-DOS machines we had at the time, each of which included a built-in parallel port for printer use.
What a great day it was when I switched from a noisy dot matrix printer to the that awesome Canon Bubblejet we had. Silent printing! And the day we got our first full-color photo capable HP inkjet printer around 1996. It was pretty low resolution, but still amazing.
Today, I don't print much. I have a color laser copier in service to reproduce scanned documents (in lieu of a copy machine) in case I need a hard copy of something — usually a form or contract — to mail.
[ From BYTE Magazine - November 1979, p.162 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you regularly print anything from your computer these days? What do you print?
February 9th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Radio Shack, Tandy, TRS-80, Model 4, advertisement, Byte, 1984
Philodendron not included.
[ From BYTE - October 1984, rear cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did you use a TRS-80 or Tandy computer of any kind back in the day? Tell us about it.
December 15th, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Santa Claus, Christmas, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Color Computer, CoCo, magazine cover, 1982
Santa Claus enjoys some hot CoCo on Christmas Eve
[ From TRS-80 Microcomputer News, December 1982, cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: If you could go back in time and give yourself one Christmas present, any year, what would it be?
October 14th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sharp, PC-1500A, pocket computer, TRS-80, lost, Interface Age, advertisement, 1983
"From Sharp Minds Come Sharp Products"
It's no secret that Radio Shack licensed Sharp's pocket computer designs for its own TRS-80 Pocket Computer line of products. But here's one of the originals, circa 1983: the PC-1500A.
[ From Interface Age, November 1983, p.110 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever lost a pocket-sized gadget and regretted it badly? Tell us about it.
See Also: BASIC in your Pocket (RSOTW, 2009)
See Also: Asimov's Pocket Computer (RSOTW, 2011)
September 16th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Color Computer, CoCo, Slay the Nereis, Centipede, knock-off, clone, manual, 1984
A TRS-80 Color Computer Centipede clone; this artwork should be a t-shirt.
See Also: TRS-80 Dino Wars (RSOTW, 2012)
[ From Radio Shack "Slay the Nereis" Manual, rev. April 1984 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the silliest knock-off of a famous video game you can think of? (e.g. Donkey King)
November 19th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Radio Shack, TRS-80, modem, DC-2212, 1200 baud, BYTE, 1985
FINALLY, I mean, COME ON.
You too could be the proud owner of this Radio Shack TRS-80 DC-2212 1200 baud modem for the low, low price of $399.95 (about $859.81 in 2012 dollars).
…If you traveled back in time with the proper currency, that is. But I wouldn't recommend it.
I recently bought a cable modem that is the equivalent of a 150,000,000 baud modem. It cost $70 in 2012 dollars. Not bad for progress.
[ From BYTE, September 1985, rear cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What speed was you first modem?
October 1st, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Tandy, Coco, instruction manual, Dino Wars, dinosaurs, 1980
Dino Wars cast a long shadow in the world of manual covers.
[ From Dinowars manual Cat. No. 26-3057, September 1980, cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Off the top of your head, name the first video game you can think of that involves dinosaurs.
August 27th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, CoCo, Color Computer 2, Tandy, Radio Shack, instruction manual, 1983
Every instance of those 16 TRS-80 logos is trademarked, so hands off!
See also: Hot CoCo (2) for Christmas (2007)
[ From TRS-80 Color Computer 2 Operation Manual, 1983, cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you owned a TRS-80 Color Computer (any model)? Tell us about it.
December 17th, 2007 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Tandy, Radio Shack, CoCo, Color Computer 2, Christmas, Computers and Electronics, 1983
As a sequel to last year's "Very TRS-80 Christmas," we have this ad for the TRS-80 Color Computer 2. I'm not sure what makes this model "better" than the first Color Computer (CoCo), aside from obvious: different keyboard, ugly case-retooling, and perhaps more RAM.
Unfortunately, this unit ages to a nasty brown and its rubber-dome keyboard isn't much of an improvement (I still like the CoCo 1′s keyboard better). But at least Tandy saw it fit to advertise the unit with a Christmas theme, which is quite relevant to the season at hand.
[ From Computers and Electronics, December 1983 ]
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