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A Sad Day for Internet of Things: RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy

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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.


How RadioShack Helped Build Silicon Valley

Here's a quote:

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...

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