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Every single item from a 1991 RadioShack flyer can now be done with a smartphone

Radio Shack flyer 1991
Radio Shack flyer 1991
A Radio Shack flyer from 1991. The era of mobile computing has come so fast and sure that we almost forget what we did before each of us was carrying more computing power in our hand than was available to NASA in 1969, the year they put a man on the moon.

Do you remember 1991? Let me refresh your memory.

“The Silence of the Lambs” was the top movie.

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams was the best selling single.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg was seven years old. Justin Bieber’s mother was just beginning high school.

Remember waking up in 1991? You probably had a clock radio with a red LED display. Maybe it was beside an answering machine, you know, any actual physical answering machine with a cassette inside. You likely didn’t have the internet, but your 286 Personal Computer had a color screen and a 20 megabyte hard-drive. What would you do with all that space?

Take a look at this Radio Shack Flyer from 1991. Look closely; every single item for sale can now be done with your smartphone…

Today, of course, your smartphone is likely beside your bed. Maybe you set it to airplane mode before you fall asleep so if someone calls it will go straight to voicemail. Perhaps when you wake up you check the internet on your iPhone 5, which has more than a 1000 MB of RAM.

The era of mobile computing has come so fast and sure that we almost forget what we did before each of us was carrying more computing power in our hand than was available to NASA in 1969, the year they put a man on the moon.

Take a look at this Radio Shack Flyer from 1991. Look closely; every single item for sale can now be done with your smartphone.

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About The Author /

Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.

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