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Home - by - January 17, 2014 - 06:45 America/New_York - 20 Comments

How much of this stuff is replaced by one device you carry in your pocket?
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  1. Billy Fuster

    January 17th, 2014

    This is what happens when an industry is left unregulated. Products and services get better. Health care could be the same way if the parasites left it alone.

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  2. thirdtwin

    January 17th, 2014

    What? No Desktop GPS Tracking Unit with ashtray, available in Black or Wood-grain finish (8′ Satellite Dish not included)?

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  3. Dadof4

    January 17th, 2014

    $1,599 for a 286 and 20mb hard drive? What a ripoff! Only one year later I picked up an awesome 486 with a 170mb hard drive for only $1,700 + tax!

    Yeah, those were the days.

    Just think! Those days are almost back again as we try to emulate Cuba’s leading-edge model on technology and industry advancement!

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  4. Dadof4

    January 17th, 2014

    Thirdtwin, my 486 didn’t have an ashtray but it DID have a retractable cup holder.

    Was pretty cool except it kept trying to close every time I re-booted from the BSOD – blue-screen-of-death.

    Coffee everywhere and the techs were no help at all. I think it was higly unprofessional of them to refuse helping me with any glitchs like this. They just laughed and hung up like I was a dumbazz.

    They also sold me a defective keyboard without an “any key” key on it. argh.

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  5. super toe

    January 17th, 2014

    I must still live in the Dark Ages… I still use the trimline telephone that is listed, only mine is a vintage Western Electric, when phones were really phones.

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  6. Dr. Tar

    January 17th, 2014

    That’s a lot of Chinese thrown out of work who use to make electronics for us.

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  7. IronyCurtain

    January 17th, 2014

    Hey, they at least had earbuds.

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  8. eternal cracker p

    January 17th, 2014

    Finally went thru all kinds of old things I’ve been saving in a few boxes for a long time. About 1/2 of these items listed in this ad are right now sitting at the curb for the garbage man, internals stripped for scrap.

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  9. old_oaks

    January 17th, 2014

    Used to be a time when you could go to RS and buy all the things needed to make that stuff.

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  10. Left Coast Dan

    January 17th, 2014

    And clock radios. I bought a new one a few years ago, pretty much the same.

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  11. Bob M.

    January 17th, 2014

    My handkerchief? Or my pocketknife?

    I’d rather have a GOOD CB radio ANY day, than an NSA Data Collection device.

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  12. MNHawk

    January 17th, 2014

    I do think how sad it is that Radio Shack is going bankrupt. A lot of nerd toys were purchased from them over the year. But yes, how much of that crap do you even need, anymore?

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  13. Anonymous

    January 17th, 2014

    How quaint. Back then, the majority of Americans celebrated our Presidents, before Bubba Jefferson Fellatio, rino W, and Barri Taqquiya.

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  14. norman einstein

    January 17th, 2014

    The Tandy computer is my favorite.
    @Dadof4, with that cool $1,599 price tag, you save $670 !

    20 MB hard drive…I have photographs that are that big.
    Of course, the drive I use for storing them is 2T.

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  15. Ted Nougat

    January 17th, 2014

    About 4 years ago I rediscovered Radio Shack. As a youth it was a weekly destination – for cassette tapes and roach (alligator) clips – and to drool over the HiFi gear they once carried. We were in to shortwave and CBs and built some of their various kits.

    I was out looking for new phones and stumbled into RS and found the same ones for $100.00 less per phone than what the AT&T store was going to charge me as one of their longtime customers who “qualified” for an upgrade.

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  16. Tex_Mark

    January 17th, 2014

    Damn, where’s that little faux woodgrain, cube radio they used to sell? Was it already gone in ’91? I must be an old fnck!

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  17. Corona

    January 17th, 2014

    What? No Merlin? That’s what passed for an X Box back in the day.

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  18. clayusmcret

    January 17th, 2014

    My first computer was a Tandy 1000TX purchased in 1988 at Radio Shack. It was also a 286 with 8MHZ speed; 12MHZ is you pushed in the TURBO button. It came with a 3 1/2 inch drive and I had a 5 1/4 added before I left the store; bought a 20MB hard drive in 1990. I learned more about that computer than most users will ever know about one of these new ones where everything is done by MS or Mac software and you don’t get to know what’s going on behind the screen. I truly miss DOS 3.1; not because it was powerful but because you had to use it. Now, the software uses you.

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  19. Shminky

    January 17th, 2014

    clayusmcret, I share your pangs. I just got a Windows 8 PC. Its OS is opaque and its hard drive suddenly gets busy when I’m not even at the keyboard. I’m convinced it’s storing every keystroke and periodically sending them off to the NSA. OK, OK, it could be the antivirus doing an Idle scan, but still. If it was a 3.1 machine, I’d know darn well what it was doing (and I could disable the program or cause it to send, say, the text of the Constitution instead).

    What a memory trip, Fur–thanks!

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  20. Dadof4

    January 17th, 2014

    clayusmcret, I still write batch files. :o

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