The Sad History of Radio Shack


Radio Shack has become irrelevant to the future of technology and its survival is in doubt. A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire details the demise. After reading this description, I am glad I don’t work at Radio Shack. Corporate policies have more in common with North Korea than with Silicon Valley. Even a great ad couldn’t save Radio Shack.

It wasn’t always this way. The first computer I owned was a  Radio Shack Color Computer. I received it as a gift in 1981 before starting college. By today’s standards, it wasn’t much. It could do little more than word processing, play a few games, and with the addition of a 300 baud modem, communicate online. The Color Computer provided a glimpse of future technology.

At the time, Radio Shack was exciting, but like Moses it will never reach the promised land and that is sad.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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One Response to The Sad History of Radio Shack

  1. gwenneufeld says:

    I was so excited when I got my trash 4P (portable meant the size of a breadbox, but the density of a lead brick). 16K RAM was soooo cool!

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