It took barely a year for the rebooted Radio Shack -- now a front for Sprint, backed by the same hedge fund that lost its shirt investing in American Apparel -- to go bust again, despite a $50M line of credit and $25M in loans. (via /.) Read the rest
Tandy was once a major brand in personal computing, with its TRS-80 among the early 8-bit era's most magnificent and successful machines. By the 1990s, though, the salad days were gone and the bizarre nest of acquisitions behind the company—it started out as a leather supplies retailer, which shares the name to this day—saw the brand fade into that of subsidiary RadioShack until that, too, died in bankruptcy.
Whoever inherited the retail chain evidently inherited rights to the Tandy name with it: lo and behold, you may now buy a Tandy Wireless Keyboard and Mouse!
"Too bad they suck," reports Lazy Game Reviews. [Thanks, Andrew Singleton!]
For your evening listening pleasure, here is Kompressor with the Tandy-referencing classic Kompressor Does Not Dance.
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While looking into the Kano snap-together learning computer kit (Kickstarted in 2013, reviewed here last January) I got to thinking about Radio Shack's classic, much-loved 150-in-One Electronics Kit, which occupied literal years of my time when I was a boy. Read the rest