[identity profile] mysteri.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] vintage_ads
At the risk of completely dating myself we had a TRS 80 when I was in high school. I think my Dad got it on sale because the new ones were out. Ours use a cassete tape player for programs.

Here is the full sized ad

Date: 2011-02-04 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knittingknots.livejournal.com
Oh, the Trash 80s, as we in my geeky circle called them...I didn't remember Asimov doing ads for them...

Date: 2011-02-06 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franklanguage.livejournal.com
Yeah, my first thought was "Trash-80."

Date: 2011-02-04 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angstzeit.livejournal.com
It took 20 minutes to load a good game.


Date: 2011-02-04 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 60in3.livejournal.com
Oh, how I remember those! And I always loved Asimov....


Date: 2011-02-05 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosehiptea.livejournal.com
I never knew he did ads.

I had a TRS-80 with a tape drive too! How things have changed.


Date: 2011-02-05 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitterlawngnome.livejournal.com
yeppers, Trash-80

I taught a class full of grade 8 "computer camp" scholars how to program in ... Logo? BASIC? on a lab full of TRS-80s. I was in grade 12 at the time I think.

Date: 2011-02-05 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skonen-blades.livejournal.com
I, too, had a TRS80 with a tape drive that I bought from Radio Shack. I also got a HUGE book of programs written in BASIC. Primitive minesweeper, stuff like that. Good times. That tape drive took forever. I remember having to hit play and record before I told the computer to save. Crazy.


Date: 2011-02-05 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boomdiada.livejournal.com
We had a TRS-80 too, with the tape deck for the programs. Oh man, memories.


Date: 2011-02-05 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] effika.livejournal.com
Any ad with Asimov and old Radio Shack computers gets my vote!

Date: 2011-02-05 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manborn1968.livejournal.com
Voting yes.

I had a VIC-20 with a tape player. It had 5K and I had a 3K cartridge to plug in the back. Typed in games from the Creative Computing collections.

Date: 2011-02-05 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donnalee-kiss.livejournal.com
I remember Asimov wanting to pitch this for it's word processing ability since he could see the productivity appeal over a typewriter.


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