Welcome to the MICRO 100 Magazine Blog. MICRO 100 is a monthly newsletter aimed towards users of the Tandy TRS-80 series of portable computers, including: Model 100, Model 102, Model 200.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A small update, with a side of fries

 Good heavans. I'm doing an appalling job of living up to my origial promise of 2 posts a week. I guess in the world of vintage computing there isn't much in the way of news.

For one, I would like to belatedly congratulate Ron Wiesen for his recent win of the 27th Model 100 Programming Contest with his amazing program.

Secondly there's a rather major development that recently happened: I got my server up and running.
Currently, the server is a 500MHz Pentium III running Windows XP SP3, and can be found at retro-net.ath.cx, which brings me to the name: The Micro 100 Retro-Box Network, shortened/styallized simply as [..RETRONET..] . I have HTTP, FTP, IRC, and a Quake I dedicated server. It's pretty slow to load images, but I'll be upgrading it soon (hopefully), as well as adding a Synchronet telnet BBS (perhaps the failed Nytetyme project could live on), getting my domain set up (retro-box.net), and setting up an email server with username@retro-box.net.

The way that affects this blog is that it will be a little more varied, with some modern computers stuff as well as some older computer stuff, and links to my youtube videos at RetroNetVideos.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Random goodies...

Club100.org, one of the best Model 100 resources in the webosphere, is jam-packed with dozens of interesting stories, features, programs, and documentation. Down towards the bottom is a little section entitled "News -&- Stories", with a subsection "Stories with Photos". In this subsection are many interesting stories like the Monthly Computer Meeting at Melo's Pizza, photos of Club 100 at the Computer Show, how Rick restores Model Ts, Model T and Model Ts, and a whole lot more!

There are also some interesting software and hardware projects that haven't been heard of in a while, I'll list some of them here, and a complete index of all hardware projects can be found at the Bitchin100 wiki.


Very cool! The venerable old operating system: CP/M on the Model 100! MTCPM runs on Remem, and the soon-to-be-released REX2, providing some software compatibility with other CP/M computers. Very neat!


This is something that has been rendered unneeded by the NADSBox, but is still a cool concept. A device that allows one to connect a regular IDE hard drive to the Model T bus, and then write and read to it.


Used to be produced and sold, the Mikrokolor is a color/graphics interface for the Model 100, giving you a larger screen and COLOR! Unfortunately, the Mikrokolor is no longer produced.

That's all for now, several interesting little bits and bytes of information for ya!

Friday, December 11, 2009

80c85 DIY microcomputer

Looks like someone had too much time on his hand. He built a small 80c85 computer with 32k RAM and 32k of ROM. Sound familiar?