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Browse Through Radio Shack’s 1983 Computer Catalog [Scanned Image Set]

Are you ready for a blast from the past? Then indulge in a bit of retro fun with this scanned image collection of Radio Shack’s 1983 computer catalog. Anyone up for a shiny ‘new’ TRS-80 computer for Christmas?

Radio Shack Catalog RSC-09 Computer Catalog [via BoingBoing]

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  • Published 12/12/12

Comments (8)

  1. bluelord

    lovely. never thought nostalgia would be so amusing.. its Christmas time..

  2. CoCo Nut

    I still have a catalog from 1979!

    I even have an entire “CoCo 3” from 1986 including CM8 monitor, disk drives, multi packs, OS9 Level II and all that stuff too. It hasn’t seen the light of an outlet in about 20 years either. Anyone think it’s worth anything? Anyone know of a good free emulator?! (Not that crumby CoCo 2 one either.)

    It’s weird that every time I think Radio Shack and orphan products like the “CoCo” I think of Christmas and the smell of cinnamon. Why is that?

  3. AngryK9

    Honestly, I miss the days when knowing quite a bit about computers set you apart from the rest of society. In the late 80s most of my friends had no idea what a computer was much less how to use one. These days most people learn everything about them by the time they’re 6 years old…

  4. TheFu

    I remember drooling over a TRS80-model III.

    I also remember waiting 45 minutes for a FORTRAN-66 “hello world” program to compile on the school’s “trash-80s.” Back then, all the computer students (at least 80 students) shared 4 computers. We had to sign up for specific times to use it. Since compiling took so long, you’d edit one day, then come back the next (with your 160K 5.25″ floppy) day to compile after painstakingly reviewing the entire program printout overnight, marking problems, and spending 5 minutes fixing those before kicking off the compile. Hopefully, any errors would happen quick, so you could fix them and restart. Sadly, link errors were common and that would mean you had to wait another day to run it.

    Don’t get me started about logic errors – when the code didn’t do what you intended.

    Having to be THAT cautious in coding teaches much that is completely lost on kids learning to program today.

    Yes – drool.

  5. Sudo Bash

    I’m a CoCoNut too. I have a Coco2, 3, multipack, tape-recorder, and several packs. They are still fun to play on.

  6. OldSalt

    I remember spending hours waiting for a key punch machine to punch my IBM cards, then waiting in line to run my cards through the reader, then waiting in front of the screen for my program to move up the list to compile, then cursing severely when it failed to compile because either a syntax error or a logic problem with the code. Eventually, the program would successfully run and a printout would be generated to complete the assignment. You could always tell the hard core engineering students, they were the ones waiting in line, half asleep, munching on Cheetos at 3am in the computer lab.

  7. Hazeldomer

    My 1978 vintage TRS-80 Model I finally met its trash/recycle end six years ago, but I have kept my Lobo Max-80 for nostalgia’s sake. It gave a lot of good service. I didn’t see the Model 100 in the catalog; did it come along after 1983?

  8. Alex R

    I remember the 1980’s Radio catalogs, I’m such a geek, the pages were probably stuck together. :) Check out this site for ALL the catalogs in all their glory!

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