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The Alternate Source

The Alternate Source, also known as The Alternate Source Programmer’s Journal or TAS, was a well-remembered and very technical TRS‑80 publication. Later billed as “The magazine of advanced applications and software for the TRS‑80,” the first issue was published by Joni Kosloski and Charley Butler in January 1980. It was published once every two months for a total of six issues a year.

The concept behind The Alternate Source originated in October 1979.

Computer User

Computer User was a short-lived TRS‑80 magazine created by the publishers of Interface Age, a popular computer magazine that began in 1976.

Unlike many other TRS‑80 magazines, Computer User was a professional, glossy publication from its first issue in November 1983. It was heavily promoted, with promotional copies of the premiere issue sent to subscribers of competing magazines.

80-U.S. Journal

80-U.S. Journal was the best remembered name for a TRS‑80 magazine that was published by 80-Northwest Publishing from 1978 to 1984. It was also published under the names 80-Northwest Journal and Basic Computing. Until 1982, it was published bimonthly (six issues a year) but it increased to monthly (twelve issues a year) after that.
80-Northwest Journal (sometimes called 80-NW Journal) was first published in 1978 with the September/October issue.

The Cassette Gazette

Back in 1983, Lemons Tech and KWIK Software advertised a one issue joint newsletter named the Cassette Gazette. The Cassette Gazette described the products sold by the two companies, mixed with operational advice and interesting facts about using cassettes with the TRS‑80. It appears to have been written by Wayne Lemons, the founder of Lemons Tech. I received my copy back in 1983, and it has always been a favorite of mine.

TRS‑80 Microcomputer News

The TRS‑80 Microcomputer News was Radio Shack’s own official publication supporting the TRS‑80, sent for free to anyone who bought a TRS‑80 computer. The motto described it as “The microcomputer newsletter published for TRS‑80 owners”.

Originally called the Radio Shack Microcomputer Newsletter, the first issue, published in 1977, was four pages long.

Dr. Dobb’s Journal

Dr. Dobb’s Journal was one of the longest running microcomputer magazines, lasting 33 years in print form. It was first published in January 1976 as Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia with the subtitle “Running Light Without Overbyte”. The title of the magazine was eventually shortened to Dr. Dobb’s Journal.

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After the decision by the publishers of 80 Micro magazine to end TRS‑80 coverage, there was a demand for new sources of TRS‑80 information. TRSLINK was first proposed by Luis M. Garcia-Barrio, sysop of a bulletin board system in Philadelphia. In many ways, the concept resembled the old CLOAD magazine. It was envisioned as an electronic magazine for TRS‑80 users, but not as a replacement for existing magazines.


After learning that 80 Micro was planning to drop TRS‑80 support, Lance Wolstrup decided to launch his own magazine which he named TRSTimes.