A look back at the sales training for Radio Shack's Model 100, a groundbreaking early laptop

When Radio Shack released the Model 100 in 1983, it was a breakthrough for portable computing: an AA-battery-powered laptop that you could fit in a briefcase, with a built-in modem and an instant-on Microsoft OS that contained the last production code Bill Gates ever wrote himself. Read the rest

Log onto a BBS 1979-style with a TRS-80 and landline modem

Ah, the good old days, when logging on to social media meant sticking a big honkin' floppy in your TRS-80, then tying up a land line by cradling the handset on your modem. Read the rest

Play this video at your next party. Don't ask questions.

I want the playlist for this weird video. Read the rest

Radio Shack bankruptcy update: most customer data will be destroyed, not sold to pay creditors

When electronics retailer Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy, the chain proposed selling customers' personal data to raise cash and repay creditors. That's not gonna happen, and the news is seen as a win for the right to privacy. Read the rest