I learned programming on a TRS-80 Model II myself. As I recall it was the "Trash-80," not the "Thrash-80." A derogatory name quickly picked up by it's fans as it's nickname. CLOAD A...and hope the tape wouldn't fuck up in some way or another. At least it worked which is more than I can say for trying to save or read from tapes on a Timex 1000. Was anyone ever successful in getting a cassette tape to work with that thing?