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|Friday 17th December 2010||Jim Newton (USA)|
In 1983, I was a journalist working for a news service in Atlanta when Radio Shack came out with the model 100. Since I was the bureau chief, I bought one for our staff (mostly me) to use.
It only had an 8-line monochrome screen and 16k memory, but the model 100 served me well until Tandy came out with the model 200 in about 1985. It had 32k memory and a 16-line screen (40 characters per line) with the screen on a hinged top that folded down over the keyboard like today''s laptops. The model 100 was more like today''s notebooks.
I would take the Model 100 (and later the 200) to meetings, write my story from the meeting site, find a phone, hook up my portable modem with an RS232 cable, and transmit my copy back to the modem on the office typesetting equipment. It sure beat calling the story in and dictating it by phone to a colleague. Plus, I could cover the news at night and have the story waiting in the office when I went to work the next mornning, and it was in the memory of the typesetting unit. What a technological revolution the Model 100 was for workikng journalists. I loved it.
I liked the model 200 so much that I bought one personally, and still have it in my closet. I even bought a Radio Shack printer and a floppy disc drive for storage of stories I had written, and still have the disc drive for it.
Both the model 100 and 200 were workhorse equipment for journalists in the 1980s. Glad to read about other journalists who loved this little machine. It changed my life.
$ Jim Newton, retired journalist, Clinton, Ms
|Sunday 16th January 2011||Chulang Searales (Barbados West Indies)|
I have a T100 now. the 3.6V memory battery has leak. I have to replace that as well as the contrast knob. It willl be fun getting it back up and working
|Thursday 24th June 2010||Marty (Woodstock, IL USA)|
I was cleaing out the closet and found my Model 100. I turned it on and it still works and ther date time was within an hour. I had forgot I still had it. I have had it since 1980. If the batteries weren''t dead in 10 years Maybe I should use this in stead of buying an iPad.
After seeing that otheres are still using their Model 100s I will learn how to live with only 24k of ram. I used to!
I think it is time to change tos internal NiCad batteries first. 30 years is a little long for them.
|Saturday 15th September 2007||webb (sydney australia)|
I have 2 tandy 102's and did not know they were even good for keeping the door open. But there are people out there still using them so i have a pair of 102's and they are in brandnew condition still in lether cases and both come in a wooden case aswell.
|Monday 23rd July 2007||Josh Carlson (Alabama)|
I have had a model 100 for several years now. I LOVE the thing. It's impossible to break! It always works, there is not enough of a system there to crash and it sips battery power. Makes a great serial console for some of my old machines.
Great system that is still *very* usable!
|Sunday 22nd July 2007||js (nowhere)|
I once had a Kyocera Kyotronic 85, which was Kyocera's internal version. Didn't come with as much software as the 100/102 though.
|Tuesday 10th April 2007||thomas (alabama)|
for the last 4 weeks i have been takeing notes with the model 100 it works great only problem is the sceen flikers every now and then but my teacher don't care and it has hellped my typeing i wish tandy still made computers,i am debateing on buying the TSR-80 model 3 yea for tandy
|Tuesday 15th August 2006||Chulang Searles (Barbados(West Indies))|
I had broughone in th eUK after using one here. It was a fantastic laptop. I hoope to find one soon. MInes had stop working
|Friday 16th December 2005||Mnem (Canada)|
The printer port isn't percisley "Tandy proprietary" as stated on the connector diagram. You can actually plug the connector from a motherboard header plug for an AT style parrallel port backplate connector right into that port and then just plug a standard printer port into the other end. Only thing you have to figure out is how to set your printer to do a line feed on LF only instead of LF&CR as the Model 100 doesn't print out CR characters. This can usually be done by either holding down a combination of buttons on your printer whilst you turn it on to get into the settings mode, or via dip switches somewhere on the printer on most older printers. Check your printer manual to find the exact method.
|Saturday 17th September 2005||Aaron (Indiana)|
I came across one of these a year or so ago. I would have loved to have kept it, but had no use for it and needed the money at the time. One interesting thing is the carrying case that i had. I didnt see it on the accessories page. It was a velvet (or some other very soft, fuzzy cloth) lined pleather bag with RadioShack Tandy Portable Computer stamped into the cover. Sadly, i have no high-resolution pictures of it, but i do have a picture you can view at
take a look if youre interested.
|Monday 21st March 2005||Andy (Manchester)|
I have a Tandy 102 and an EPROM programmer on the PC. I've noticed a spare standard ROM socket inside the 102. Does anyone know of any links to sites containing ROM images?
|Friday 5th November 2004||Arthur Kaufman (UK)|
I have two Tandy 200's and two 100's and use them as working machines, almost on a daily basis. I have also written an article on the Tandy 200. I did not know about your site until recently . These machines, apart from their obvious usefulness are great for touch typists, and unlike modern laptops, with the keys too close and the mouse in the way. Would like to know if there is anyone near Sheffield UK who still uses these machines.
Looking forward to any replies...
|Monday 12th April 2004||Tom Morgan (Sacramento)|
I worked for a company named System10 in San Jose and we used these computers for a budget priced UPS Manifest system in conjunction with our electronic postage scale and a printer. At the time we were one of three companies authorized to sell a UPS manifest system and these were popular due to the compact size. This was back in the early 80's.
|Tuesday 10th February 2004||Net Ranger (Orlando, FL)|
For info on the model 100 and 102, check www.club100.org. you may also want to subscribe to the mailling list (check the site). A lot of people still use this machines and they can provide you with information.
|Thursday 5th February 2004||Penni (Madison, WI)|
Looking for some help here, I have a Tandy 102 Digitgate manufactured for Radio Shack in 1988. Anyone out there have a clue a to what I am refering to?
|Thursday 6th November 2003||M. Ayers (North Carolina)|
I wish I had known about this sight earlier. I just trashed 4 model 100's and 2 model 102's. We used to use them to collect behavior data, before lap tops.
|Tuesday 28th January 2003||grayfox (foxcom)|
are there emulators for this computer yet
if so let me know
|Wednesday 30th October 2002||Robert King (Georgia)|
I have a Tandy 102 with an interesting accessory that I cannot figure out. It is a Datapac model 102/200 Ram Extension. I cannot figure how to use it. It also has a ROM chip in the chip slot titled EXECWS ver 08/04/87. It was used by a hospital at one time.