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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2014, 03:22:04 PM »
O wow the 6800, still have my notebooks on it 8)

Now i really feel old :P

The powerhouse of the TRS-80  ;D

poop PWM, I still have Z-80 books hahahaha  ;D
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2014, 04:23:40 PM »

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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2014, 04:47:20 PM »
Oh yes, Z80, i had a Spectrum once :-[ :-[

And the old 68060 Amiga works just great, in fact she's going to be dusted off & become a custom multi-channel tone generator sometime  very soon ??? 8)

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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2014, 05:20:51 PM »
Oh yes, Z80, i had a Spectrum once :-[ :-[
I still have mine. :)

It was with it that I learned programming, first BASIC, then Pascal, assembly and C. :)

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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2014, 07:49:23 PM »
The old Z-80 is still relevant!
Apart from finding them in Washing Machines, Vending Machines and other assorted Machines, I remember NEC (Before they were bought by Renasa) made a 300x Z80 Cored Super Computer.
Wouldn't i like to get my hands on that  :)
Ebay, here we come  ;D
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2014, 06:23:57 AM »
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2014, 07:06:20 AM »
?????????  :o
What did you meant by "The powerhouse of the TRS-80"? ???

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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2014, 07:20:47 AM »
I think that was a joke.i personally took two semesters in college learning to program on the trash 80.16k versions.
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2014, 04:48:33 PM »
Bwah, i used to write CNC machine codes into a 16Kb magnetic core memory.
They told us they were not reliable & degraded over the years, BS :P

I fired up one of these cards 16 years later & the program was fully intact.

And i had space over, because this machine also had 'canned cycles' and 'parametric programming' which meant it would make beautiful shapes with a single algebraic expression 8)

Not bad for a 1976 machine :o ::)

I never looked closely at the motherboard, so i don't know what processor it had, but i'm guessing a Z80-B
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2014, 06:05:00 PM »
What did you meant by "The powerhouse of the TRS-80"? ???

Robo was right.... I was being Sarcastic  :)

The TRS-80 used the 6809E Processor, which in it's time was considered the most powerful, but today wouldn't!
Excuse my sarcastic humour  ;D
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2014, 06:13:17 PM »
The TRS-80 used the 6809E Processor, which in it's time was considered the most powerful, but today wouldn't!
I thought the TRS-80 used the Z80.  ???

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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2014, 06:17:17 PM »
I thought the TRS-80 used the Z80.  ???

Yes they did, in the rest of the world.
Here in Australia they used the 6809E Motorola.
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2014, 12:58:10 AM »
It was a long time ago but i think i agree there was two chips.i think i remember reading it somewhere.i was thinking they changed the chips towards the end of production of trs 80.but maybe it was a international thing.
That makes sence using a algebra formula to cut exotic shapes.cuts down alot on memory necessesary to perform.
I remember asking my professor why a microchip couldnt be used as a radio receiver.he laughed at me and said it wasnt possible.
Now we have rfid which is just a large chip.
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2014, 08:18:38 AM »
Getting back to the thread, , , , , , , , ;D

Anyone here remember the local phone line ISP's (Internet Service Providers) back a decade ago and how the government listened in on our computers then?

One afternoon I stopped by my little local ISP to pay my bill and chat with a good friend that ran the place. He and I decided to go out back for a smoke and as we went past a row of routers he carefully lightly kicked a metal frame box sitting alongside one of the racks and gave me a "look". Outback we lit up and I asked what the look was for and he told me about "kick boxes". They were what the powers that be used to tap the phone lines of some of the clients of ISP's. Called kickboxes because they were always in the way of technicians. Yes, that kickbox was on my service. The only one he ever had in the years he was in business.

At the time I had two phone lines running to the boat and two different ISP's, sure enough the gal I was dating from the other ISP showed me the kickbox for my service on her systems.
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Re: how they listen to us.
« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2014, 11:14:21 AM »
 ::) Had to add this, , , , I also had two trash 80's, my first two computers.  :P
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