Tandy 10 Business Computer System
The Tandy 10 Business Computer System was a short-lived product developed by Radio Shack in the late 1970s as a business-oriented complement to their TRS-80 Model I desktop computer. Released in 1978, the Tandy 10 was built for Radio Shack by Applied Digital Data Systems, and was only sold by Radio Shack's dedicated computer center stores.
The computer itself was about the size of a two-drawer filing cabinet, with a monitor and keyboard built into a desk-shaped console, along with two eight inch floppy drives vertically mounted in the pedestal. Its features included:
- 8080 CPU
- 48K memory
- 24x80 video display
- Two dual-sided 8" diskette drives
- Dartmouth BASIC
- ADOS Disk Operating System
The original machine was intended to be used as a data entry machine and not a standalone computer. The original "language" it contained was actually a form designer; data was then entered into the form and then "sent" via RS-232 to a mainframe. Because it had a microprocessor, Tandy matched it up with Peachtree Accounting software in an attempt to market it as a business computer.
The system did not sell in large numbers and was discontinued in late 1980, with Radio Shack's next business system being an extension of the TRS-80 product line, the Model II, released in May 1979.
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