[vcf-midatlantic] Museum Report

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at barrera.org
Wed Aug 22 03:00:53 EDT 2018

The friends I had in the late 70s / early 80s who had TRS-80s all referred
to them as trash-80s. I was envious of those who had one. I had use of an
IMSAI 8080 with a North Star floppy drive and BASIC, and maybe I was at the
time a little snotty about "real computers have front panel switches", but
this was way before Macs existed, or at least were affordable to students.

I spent many years on 8-bit platforms and the TRS-80 was a nice package.

I wouldn't be offended by the term "trash-80", unless I heard it from
someone who didn't understand just how capable those 8-bit systems were.

No one I knew at the time had an IBM PC because they were way too
expensive, and being able to use more than 64KB ram isn't very useful if
you can't possibly afford that much ram.

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 11:31 AM, Gordon 'gsteemso' Steemson via
vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> > Some of us in the TRS-80 community
> > refer to it as the “T” word. When said with
> > an underlying affection and respect, it’s all good.
> > It’s a way of “owning/“ the term. However,
> > when said with derision or out of
> > ignorance, its offensive.
> I have almost always said it that way -- not with any value judgement
> in mind, but simply because it is considerably faster than saying it
> the "correct" way.
> That said, I initially heard that form of the name when I was an
> immature and easily-amused teenager. Obnoxious-Youth Me found it made
> for a very vivid mnemonic association, in addition to being more
> convenient to enunciate.
> (For the record, I never actually _used_ a TRS-80 of any type, though
> I have enjoyed brief interactions with a few specimens set up by our
> fellow retrocomputing fans.)
> It came as something as a shock when, after 25 years or so of using
> "Trash-80" merely as a streamlined way of saying "TRS-80," I first
> encountered someone to whom the term was strongly offensive. It took
> even longer for me to grasp just _how_ strongly it offended, simply
> because the Platform Holy Wars dispute had degenerated to "Mac vs.
> IBM" with rare interjections of "Amiga!" by the time I encountered it.
> The various 8-bit platforms remained in minor use by those
> disinterested in forking over non-trivial sums of money to get
> something more current, but had long since ceased to even be
> referenced in that futile conflict, let alone be actual contenders
> therein.
> My two cents; quote or ignore as preferred.
> Gordon "gsteemso" Steemson
> Instigating Cat-Herder and Agitator-by-Default for the Seattle
> Retro-Computing Society

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