Geek Facts for September 1st – TRS-80 and a Flyby of Saturn


In 1977, the first TRS-80 Model I computer was sold.

Much to Tandy’s surprise, the TRS-80 sold 10,000 units in the first month alone. The TRS-80 Model 1 had no numeric keypad and Level I BASIC with 4K RAM.

Learn more at http://oldcomputers.net/trs80i.html.

In 1979
, NASA’s space probe Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.

Pioneer 11 passed within 13,049 miles (21,000 km) of Saturn. The planet’s Ring F was discovered based on data sent by the probe.

Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1973-019A.

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Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.