By Hinkmond-Oracle on Feb 05, 2015
It's a sad day for IoT. RadioShack, the 94-year-old U.S. based electronics chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday Feb. 5, 2015 after a deal to sell some of its stores to Sprint. For those of us who learned BASIC programming on the TRS-80 and bought and used Tandy electronics parts and hobby kits from the quirky little store, RadioShack will be missed.
In its heyday, RadioShack was so much more than a store — it was an art gallery, a museum, a school. "You didn’t really have really good electronics magazines full of what's available," Wozniak remembers. "You had a few catalogues that were full of things like walkie-talkies, but if you went down to RadioShack you could actually see something."
As a teenager he would walk into stores and soak up information, spending hours reading labels, and memorizing prices and feature lists. It was inside those walls where so many watched the technological revolution unfold — and where they first jumped in.
Back in the 1980s, I was that teenager who walked into the local RadioShack just to soak in electronics and technology... And where I first jumped in to join the high tech revolution. Long live RadioShack! May it Rest in Peace...