Where is the next generation of kitbashers coming from?
WP: In 1970, Tandy bought Allied Radio and began to merge the brands into Allied Radio Shack. However, after a federal government review, the company sold off the remaining Allied retail stores and resumed using the Radio Shack name.
WP: At one point [in the early 1970s] CB radios [accounted for] more than 20% of Radio Shack's sales . . . As the popularity of CB declined, the company sought new products. . . . .
In February 1977 they showed [the TRS-80 prototype], running a simple tax-accounting program, to Charles Tandy. The program quickly crashed as the computer could not handle [Tandy's salary -- $150,000] . . . [they] added support for floating-point math to prevent a recurrence.
Radio Shack announced the TRS-80 later in 1977. . . . by 1984 computers accounted for 35% of [RS] sales.
The TRS-80 cost . . . $599 with a 12" monitor and datacassette. Before this, the most expensive product Radio Shack sold was a $500 stereo . . .
"Herodios, I must have some sponge platinum", said Klangklangston distractedly, "about a kilogram. Or a block of the pure metal, perhaps ten grams, would be even better.”
“This bag, I assure you, Klang, contains no platinum, graphene, nor oxidized silicon; nor is it likely to in the future."
"You’re asking me to work with equipment which is hardly better than stone knives and bearskins.”
"We have no choice! We must . . . "
Just then, the door flies open, and Mom says, "Boys, if you hurry, you can get some lampblack at the art supply st-- . . . what the hell is that?!"
Quickly stuffing his head into a stocking cap, Klang straightens and says, "I am endeavouring, Madam, to construct a microphone out of stone knives and bearskins.”
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