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Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer in Silver Spoons - Season 1, Episode 7, "The Great Computer Caper" (1982)

Ricky uses his Dad's Coco to run a code cracking algorithm and break into a military computer.

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The only concern here is whether the compute power of the Coco is sufficient to break the code.

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The TRS-80 used a Motorola 6809E a 1-2 MHz processor with a 8/16 bit bus and a direct page register. It is not any less believable to be used for the purposes of hacking than any other home computer of the time. It was effectively more efficient than the z80 and equivalent to the 6502 used by Apple and Atari. What's unbelievable is that he wasn't thrown in federal prison for 20 years.
2013-08-09 23:06


To be fair, anti-hacking laws didn't go on the books until 1986.
2014-03-19 09:01


I see the tape recorder (storage). Is there a modem there somewhere?
2017-08-10 22:01

H. Dufort

Well, I've savagely beaten all other 8-bit computers in the "Fibonacci Challenge", calculating and displaying over 3000 Fibonacci numbers (up to 1024 bits wide!) in 15 seconds, using my Coco3. The program takes up less than 2kb of RAM. The 6809 makes it super easy to perform chain calculations using the A/B or D registers and carry. With proper coding, you can perform some complex calculations such as hash value and public key validation (even RSA if you're willing to wait a few seconds).
2018-04-30 21:06


The 6809 CPU the best 8-bit CDU with 2 8-bit accumulators (the 6502 only 1) that could be joined in one of 16, with multiplication instruction and very fast instructions, half of the Z80 and the Hitachi 6309 or HD63C09 to 3 MHz, they were compatible and with many more instructions, it was an 8-bit CPU with Multiplication and Division and many 16-bit operations. It easily surpassed the 4mhz Z80 with only 1 and the 6502, with great facilities for simple programming, 2 16-bit indexes, 2 16-bit stack pointers, direct page in any memory area, many instructions in 2, 3 and 4 cycles, I don't know why it wasn't used anymore
2021-11-14 00:00