In a wide-ranging early '90s interview at the National Museum of American History, he reminisced about the Model 100, calling it "in a sense my favorite machine": https://americanhistory.si.edu/comphist/gates.htm#tc35
You can tell an old school basic professional programmer from the Pet and Apple ][ Days by how they break out of Loops.
(Possibly) interesting trivia: the linked article mentions the AP used a typesetting system called ATEX. This was a big dedicated terminal/server system that basically used plain text with markup, similar to troff or LaTeX, although the markup was entirely different. The team that created ATEX split up and created two different pieces of software, both inspired by ATEX. One team created a DOS word processor called XyWrite, which was used by some major publications well into the 1990s and possibly into this century. (IIRC, it was also used to issue US Supreme Court rulings for many, many years!) The other team created PageMaker, one of the very first GUI desktop publishing programs. To the best of my knowledge, every version of PageMaker -- as well as the first couple of versions of its successor InDesign, and contemporary versions of its major competitor, Quark XPress -- could natively import XyWrite files. (While XyWrite is no more, it has its own successor program, an academic-focused Windows word processor called Nota Bene.)
I hated that thing!
The extra long battery life made this application possible.
In spite of being warehouse workers they were a very smart bunch. There were several other things they had automated as well. I was young at the time and was only interested in video game, so never picked up programming until later.
They were networked though, as they were not attached to forklifts
By the end of the 80s, the floppy disks with the code were running a bit thin!
That company made non-prescription drugs
Part 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8-HfGTCcCk
Part 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Vagc0FJK8
Part 3 (final):
There were microphones at each typewriter, and at the computer. When the on-air talent tossed to the newsroom for a live report, the journalism factory noises in the background were real.
This is a great story. It helps that it is told by a professional writer, but it's also a special time in the history of tech. I remember lusting after this gadget when I was a kid. I remember that there was a time when a local Radio Shack in Akron listed the price incorrectly very low and there was a run on the model 100 when people found out. When I showed up they were sold out.
Oh, the fun of watching those two asterisk's blinking in the top corner of the screen while it loaded your latest creation from the cassette drive...
The McBin was basically useless, but I always set it up heading into a lunch or dinner rush because it meant I got to play with the TRS-80.
Other than that, it would be nice to be able to take a note on it and transfer it to a modern computer. Not sure the easiest way to hook that up as I have no disk or cassette drive for it. Maybe a cable to go from cassette interface to audio and some software to decode the audio signal that would record to cassette?
Also not sure the easiest way to load Zork.
If you're in Vienna, you can come see the Olivetti, as well as a suite of other machines, at my TIMETRON2019 exhibit, where we have done new and interesting things with a ton of old systems:
More details here:
I won't be on the right continent to enjoy TIMETRON2019, but I'd love to know more about how you integrated the Pi with your M10. Was there anything difficult about the software/hardware? Can you share some photos?
I'll try to take some pics at the next BOOTSESSION, as I'm away from the exhibit for a few days - I'll ping you when I get them up somewhere.
Start by taking notes on the Selectric and folks will appreciate the relative quiet of the 100.
Isn't that six letters followed by a space?
Fun fact: The Model 100 has a year 2000 bug - the dates in the main menu are hard coded to 19XX.
It was my job to reverse engineer the protocols and rewrite the software for DOS so that it could be used on portables like the HP 200LX. A few years later we rewrote it again for Windows.
I'd love to believe that there's still customers out there using the TRS or HP to manage their parking meters.
Anyway, the DSA profile has more of a spherical concave recess, which cups your fingers more than current keyboards.
My first computer was a TRS-80 Model 3, which also had the DSA key profile and I love it. I'm actually saving up to get a keycap set with that profile to replace my current keyset on my daskeyboard mechanical keyboard.
There's an emulator here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualt/
> For example: ``When we talk to God it’s called prayer. When God talks to us it’s called crazy.''
> As bad as that looks on a modern digital screen, it was absolutely jarring to see coming out of a teletype.
Is this why some people mix up grave symbols and apostrophes today?
Edit: Here’s another similar product called the AlphaSmart , but this one was ultimately discontinued.
Does anyone know where could I have one of these repaired? I'd love to boot it up again as it was the first computer I ever owned.
Sadly I'm stuck with Apple's "butterfly" keyboard from one of the lower levels of hell.