When Kornfeld and Radio Shack debuted the TRS-80 in 1977, the personal home computer market was wide open. With no major player dominating consumer's pocketbooks, and no perceived consumer need for this technology, the future was unknown. The TRS-80 microcomputer was priced at just $599.95 and stood in stark contrast to the build-it-yourself machines available to super technical hobbyists at the time. It was a rudimentary … Read more
Yep...that TRS-80. The one from Radio Shack. You know, from the '80s. The one you spent countless hours learning how to talk to in the most intimate terms then known to computer science. Well, TechRepublic dives right in with its screwdriver, in a gallery excerpted on CNET News.com: "Cracking open the TRS-80"
Get out your handkerchiefs, computer scientists of a certain age--this one's a tearjerker!
I was in the Air Force in 1983, serving at Hahn AB in Germany (now a civilian facility somewhat misleadingly renamed Frankfurt Hahn Airport, although it's 110 km-- 68 miles-- away from Frankfurt).
In March, I was given a temporary duty assignment back to the US, and I was able to take some leave to go back home to Miami.
I dropped in at the old Radio Shack Computer Center, where I used to hang around-- yeah, I was the kind of kid who would hang around at a Radio Shack Computer Center-- and they had this new gizmo for sale.… Read more