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

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 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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