18 March 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Tandy 5000 – Who’s old enough to remember this bad boy?

I spend a couple hours each day just stumbling around the web using my trusty StumbleUpon button. You never know what you might find. Tonight I’ve stumbled upon this little gem. You can click on the photo for a larger view.

Tandy 5000 Just look at that price tag. I’m willing to bet I’m not the only person who remembers drooling over this thing when they were a kid. “Please mom, it’s only $8500. Pllleeeease?”. Seriously. 20mhz of raw processing power and a huge TWO MEG of ram along with 256k VGA graphics. Wow, sexy. All that for just 8500 bucks? Sign me up! Who cares if the monitor and keyboard aren’t included. That’s what, another 500 bucks or so? I’m all in. What an incredible value. Even the ad says so.

All kidding aside though I can remember the days when this was considered one hell of a machine. Today I wouldn’t even use it as a doorstop…too big. It makes you wonder though where computer technology will be at in another 18 years. My guess is that my 2.6ghz processor will seem just as wimpy as that old 20mhz Intel in the Tandy. Hell, it’s already pretty outdated.

4 Responses to “Tandy 5000 – Who’s old enough to remember this bad boy?”

  1. Phillip White 28 September 2008 at 4:56 pm Permalink

    You think that was a high price? When I had mine it was listed at Radio Shack for $22000. I recall as if it was yesterday discussing financing with the sales guy on the phone. When I got it home I was the biggest kid on the block. I believe that was also when we upgraded to the HST modems from the 300baud.

  2. Phillip White 28 September 2008 at 4:59 pm Permalink

    Oh, I also forgot to mention that that was when Norton and PcTools were at their best! Norton Commander was second to none. When we finally got to ‘Windows’ I often wondered why Norton Commander only released one(1) version for windows and was done. I resorted to using Total Commander (Use to be Windows Commander) and have been ever since.