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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Tandy Radio Shack  1000 SL & SL/2 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Tuesday 13rd October 2020
James Hanley (USA)

I LOVED my Tandy 1000 exactly because I didn''t care about it! It was a gift when everyone had 286s and were even looking forward to the release of the first 386s. So after I tired of Solitaire (it had been upgraded to Dos5 by the previous owner) and journaling, I set out to learn everything I could.... by the crash and burn method.

I ran every .exe, .com, and .bat file on that box. It often "died" and I then had to learn how to recover. One day I hot swap pulled the WD PATA 20MB drive on an ISA sled to learn about it''s jumpers and in a few minutes (NOT seconds!) I saw a graphic desktop! I discovered it was DOS 3 in ROM and though it was agonizingly slow it opened my eyes.

That same week a friend "rescued" a set of PC Tools disks from a wastebasket when her place of business upgraded to a Mini Mainframe and I discovered PCs are not just tools, they are TOOLBOXES! A fella could put any kind of tools in them! PC Shell just kicked open the doors. Suddenly I could see the entire directory hierarchy. I''ve never been the same since.

Thursday 1st March 2018
Sawa (Canada)

I still got my tandy 1000SL and all the docs, brochure, manuals and disks that came with it. It was an awesome computer at the time, even without a hard drive. The souns, colors and 5-seconds boot were second only to the TL model ! Bought it in 89 when it hits the local Radio Shack ($1850 with color monitor and sales taxes) and used it until the year 2000. I replaced it with a 500mHz PC clone mainly because the needs for internet.

Friday 12th September 2014
Medic26 on PC-Link

I remember my 1000SL... My first computer also. I was out of college and found this thing in 1991, two years after it came out, so it fit the budget, but was definitely an extravagance back then. I bought the acoustic coupler modem and eventually sprung for a hard disk... I was told I''d never fill up the whole thing, a whole 20 MB!
I remember the Deskmate software, my version of which was not capable of doing "lozenges" when a box was empty, and I remember both PC-Link and the free trial to Compuserve... boy did that get me in some financial trouble! I was very happy to find Prodigy, however, because that''s where my wife and I met. So thank you, Radio Shack and Prodigy. Because of you both, my wife and I met, and I''m about to become a grandfather. :)

Tuesday 12th March 2013
Jonavan Barnes (United Kingdom)

Amaizing. this was my first computer. I''ll never forget the day that I took it out of the box, turned it on, and it played "Cannon in D" through the MIDI. It changed my life.
We had some amazing times together. I wish to god I still had him.

Sunday 19th August 2012
Elisha Belcher (USA)
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My church had two SL/2''s in the Christian school we had. (I completed K-3rd grade and afterwards the school was too small to stay open any longer.)

I played many hours of "The New Math Blaster Plus!" and Reader Rabbit 1 $ 2 on these computers!

I would have both of them in my possession now, but sadly they perished in a building fire. $ All of the Deskmate disks were stored in another building, so I was able to acquire them as well as the original owner''s manual and advertisement brochure!

Great DOS computers! Would love to have one!

Wednesday 1st February 2012
Robert Wiggins (USA)

I rescued this computer from my high school when it was no longer needed. I liked that it had a 3.5-inch floppy drive, since my other computers at the time only had 5.25-inch floppies.

I used this machine for about three years, during my senior year in high school and two years in college. It had a hard drive installed on an expansion card, and the graphics were a lot better than regular CGA graphics. However, once I added an EGA card to the system, I freed up the system memory that was being used by the onboard adapter.

Later on, I took the EGA card and hard drive out and installed them in another machine. Overall, though, the 1000 served me well and I enjoyed it very much.

Friday 4th November 2011
Mark S. (Canada)

We had an S/L2 as our family computer until 1999 when we got an iMac, but we kept the Tandy until it quit working sometime between 2004-2006.

I don''t remember a time before we had this computer and I must have been about six (1995) when I became interested in it. At first I would just play Solitaire (probably imitating dad), but we had Broderbund Painting software which I also wasted plenty of ink with on banners. My parents got me SpellCopter and MathCopter, which probably gave me an edge back then. Of course being bored I checked out the other software we had stored on floppies or internally. We had Paganitzu and it''s sequel on floppy, Gorillas and Snake in DOS, and the demos to Castles and Space Quest IV, along with MineSweeper on Windows. I was intrigued about Space Quest as I could never find the ''game'' aspect to it (I believe the demo only included cutscenes) and I couldn''t figure out Castles until I was older and figured out it''s GUI. Castles always crashed the computer just as I was getting good at it, unfortunately. I was definitely disappointed when I found out I couldn''t have a silly match of Gorillas with my brother, or master Paganitzu and it''s sequel any longer when it couldn''t boot past the BIOS any longer.

Oh, what did we need the computer for? My parents were using it for personal finance book keeping. My dad used it for schematics (he''s an electrician/general handyman at the plant he works at) seldomly. I used it for homework too... Once?

Friday 6th May 2011

This was my first computer back in the 90s. I wish I still had that thing. Ah memories of playing the original side scrolling Duke Nukem, Ken''s Labyrinth, Blake Stone Aliens of Gold, Commander Keen. Good good times.

Thursday 25th February 2010
Jeffrey Drake

I had a Tandy 1000 SL in the first 5 years of the 90s. It was a wonderfully designed piece of hardware. One detail I remember was that of the 384 kB of memory, only 320 kB was available.

Saturday 22nd November 2008
Doug Chambers

I used a Tandy 1000 SL/2 when I was a kid back in 1990. It was given away a long time ago, but I still have the programs that came with it on 3.5" disk. I remember it came with a simple drawing program, a word processing program, and a very nifty music program where you were shown a staff and could place notes on it. You could have the program play your composition through the computer''s speaker. Also included was a program for saving recipes.

Radio Shack sold a joystick made for the system as well as a mouse. If I remember correctly, the mouse only worked with the Deskmate programs and a couple of games. Most programs that I had did not recognize the mouse.

That''s really all I remember about the system other than the fact that it was my first computer and was quite useful and entertaining at the time, and it worked very well, as it never gave me any problems in the 5 years I had it.

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