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The Tandy TRS-80 Model 4D computer

File under: You can find the darnest things at the transmitter site. Near as I can tell, this computer dates from about 1985 or so, it looks remarkably like my Apple IIe of the same vintage.  We used an earlier model TRS-80 in high school, that model had a cassette deck as the data storage device.  These have 5 1/4 inch floppy disks.  I used my Apple IIe as a gloried type writer, mostly for college papers.  I did manage to write some basic programs, no doubt copied from somewhere else.

For the day though, saving something for later editing, even to a floppy drive, was an order of magnitude over the single spaced type written page.

Tandy TRS-80 Model 4D computer

Tandy TRS-80 Model 4D computer

There are actually two of these computers, serial numbers 7086 and 7128.  I have no idea whether they work.   I’d donate them to a museum if there were one that was interested.  Otherwise, they may sit in the corner for another twenty years or so.

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