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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Tandy Radio Shack  1000 HX computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message! For other purposes like sales messages, hardware & software questions or information requests, please use our main forum.

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Thursday 30th August 2018
Kelly R. (Wood River, IL USA)
Kelly''s Kottage

My first PC-compatible. Though my memories of it are sparse, they''re quite fond. These computers are tough, and designed to last$ not something you''ll find these days.

Wednesday 8th February 2017
Tom Petro

My first computer. Got it for work to do payroll and track inventory. also it typed up contracts, proposals, using PC-file. It did a fantastic job even surpassing the business $35,000 IBM which had been mothballed due to the office incompetence which cost the company $$$. In time it had 640k, 2-720 , an external 360, a 2400 modem and a 42 meg internal HDD.

Monday 21st September 2015
Randy (United States)

This was one of my very first personal computers, the price on this system was $699.00 in 1987, it was fun to program and play with, most program are a version of C. Deskmate was very good desk top organizer.

Monday 12th May 2014

Deskmate was a nice little piece of software that came with the Tandy 1000 HX - it had a faux windows look, and had a simple word processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, and a music program. Many programs at the time also supported "Tandy Color" a graphics standard in between CGA and EGA formats, that offered additional colors beyond the CGA standard, but at the same resolution.

Sunday 16th June 2013
jscottu (Indianapolis, IN)

My first computer. I paid $200 used at Radio Shack (1989). In the mid 90''s I gave it to the kid next door. Today''s cell phones have more than 100 times the computing power. But it was great at the time.

Saturday 10th July 2010

This was my first computer. I got it as a birthday present when I was six, so that would be 1987 or so. As I opened the box, I saw the monitor first, and I said "Oh, wow, a TV!" My dad replied, "no, son. That''s a computer." I said, "oh. Ok. What do I do with it?" My dad said, "Damned if I know" and handed me the manual for DOS 3.1. At six years old. And that, folks, is what got me introduced to the wonderful world of computing. :-)

Wednesday 30th April 2008
Eileen (USA)
Ladies of the Lake - A Greg Lake Tribute Site

My mom had one of these and one day casually mentioned that she couldn't get it to work. I said, "Let me tinker around with it." I was just really starting to get into computers after figuring out how to program our DOS barcode labeler at work. I took the machine, took it apart, put a modem and a mouse card in it, and actually started surfing the net on it. It had a 4-color monitor and I remember trying to keep a spreadsheet on that DeskMate software. I feel like I cut my computer chops on that little machine, and it was the true start of my mid-life love of them. I ended up giving it to Goodwill due to lack of space when I acquired a 386, but now I almost wish I still had it.

This is a great website with many fascinating machines, and I thank everyone involved. Kudos to you all and keep up the good work!

~ E.

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