[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 68, Issue 12

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Sun Jul 13 21:36:23 CDT 2008

>From: wa2egp at att.net
>Date: 2008/07/13 Sun PM 06:24:05 EDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 68, Issue 12

>> For a while. after Radio Shack gave up on marketing their Tandy 2000[0] system 
>> they took their remaining inventory and deployed one to each store for store 
>> automation running Xenix, allowing them to avoid plowing unmarketable technology 
>> into the (literal) ground.[1]
>> Lionel
>> [0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_2000
>> [1] http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/it/1999/1/1999_1_64.shtml
>The 2000 was built not PC compatible because Tandy feared being sued by IBM.  All its software had to be specially written to take care of different interrupts, memory configurations and video.  It was better than the XT of the day (80186, almost EGA video for example).

The Tandy 2000 had an 80286 CPU, not the 80186...

>Ones I got from store dumpsters ran DOS not Xenix unless they were ordered to reinstall DOS which I doubt since most managers wouldn't even bother (I worked for them at the time).

Can't speak to that, all I've read said they ran Xenix for the store automation in the back rooms...


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