Weekend tech reading: RadioShack calls for DIY community's input

By on May 29, 2011, 2:23 PM

Speak your mind and help RadioShack suck less We can all agree that RadioShack isn’t exactly the DIY mecca it once was. What used to be a haven for amateur radio operators, tinkerers, and builders alike has devolved into a stripmall mainstay full of cell phones and overpriced junk. RadioShack knows that they have fallen out of your good graces, and since you are the demographic that put them on the map, they are appealing to the DIY community for input. Hack a Day

Microsoft has received five times more income from Android than from Windows Phone A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft. Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million. Asymco

Computer de-evolution: Features that lost the evolutionary war Today's computers offer processing power, speed, storage, Internet connectivity, display size and quality, and other capabilities that few even dreamed of ten or more years ago, certainly not at prices affordable for any developer or even consumer. But there are some things they don't do that the old, slow, often command-line-intead-of-GUI-oriented applications did. ITworld

Make your mark by stopping hackers In reality, hacking is easy once you know what you're doing. Defending is hard. If you want to truly impress the world, develop systems and applications that will be used by a lot of people while being resistant to easy hacking. Anyone can knock down a garage. But build one that can't be taken down by a blockhead swinging a heavy sledgehammer, and you've done something. PCWorld

CEO Ballmer has support of Bill Gates, Microsoft board Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer appears to have the support of the company’s board of directors, despite the call from one major investor that the CEO should be fired. Greenlight Capital Inc. President David Einhorn causes a major stir by calling for Ballmer’s replacement, saying he is dragging down the company’s performance. TechFlash

Sony won't make massive investment in PS4 Sony's PS3 was pretty slow out of the gate with its $599 price tag, but Sony had little choice in terms of pricing due to the heavy costs surrounding Blu-ray and the Cell processor. The R&D and manufacturing took its toll on the company's bottom line and only now is the PlayStation division finally reaping some profits. IndustryGamers

Inner Moon as wet as Earth Contrary to popular belief, the early moon could have been as wet as Earth's mantle, new analysis from an Apollo lunar sample shows. The discovery stems from sophisticated analysis of tiny bits of ancient magma sealed inside solid crystals. The so-called "melt inclusions" are no bigger than the width of a human hair. Discovery

Contrast ratio (or how every TV manufacturer lies to you) Contrast ratio is the most important aspect of a TV's performance. More than any other single metric, a set's contrast ratio will be the most noticeable difference between two TVs. That is, if you could juxtapose them. Which you can't. Or if you could compare their claimed specs. Which you can't. CNET

Depixelizing pixel art We describe a novel algorithm for extracting a resolution-independent vector representation from pixel art images, which enables magnifying the results by an arbitrary amount without image degradation. Imgur

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yRaz yRaz said:

It'd be nice if I didn't have to wait 2 weeks for parts to come from Hong Kong. I hope they expand their inventory.

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

I went to my local Radio Shack and asked the sales person if they had Mother Board Jumpers. He had no idea what I was talking about. I used to buy speaker parts to make my own speakers back in day, I miss those days.

Guest said:

I am a Ham Radio operator the shack has gone to hell over the years ,even the the store personnel don't know what your asking shame on them one time it was a hell of a good place to shop.

Guest said:

RadioShack: You've got questions. We've got dumb looks.

On a serious note, this chain is unrecoverable - it is done. I'd be very surprised if they are still operating 3 yrs from now. Online stores are much more convenient as no one is hustling you to buy shiny new cell phones or items with ridiculous markup price.

And does anyone think this is just a marketing ploy?

Cota Cota said:

Hackers will exist until people learn to think

TrueBooleanFals TrueBooleanFals said:

I actually applied to Radio Shack... Twice... I went to their open house and talked to the guy. I told him all I knew about computers, parts, accessories, phones, etc. He asked me if I had any prior selling experience. I told him I worked at Walmart, but that apparently was not what he was looking for. He wanted experience in hassling customers. The first time, he hired this old dude that had an old razor flip phone and little knowledge of parts. The second time, He hired this fresh-from-high-school chick and her 'boyfriends'. They were dressed in Denim jeans with wholes all over and pen marked 'tattoos'. The chick was in cut off daisy dukes, sandles, tank top, and a decent amount of make-up.

'The Shack' is whack and I would love to see them go under.

TrueBooleanFals TrueBooleanFals said:

Make that 'holes' not 'wholes'.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You can always edit your comments True

Guest said:

1. This Radio Shack story so sounds like a marketing ploy

2. If Radio Shack is so clueless that they have to survey people to determine what the company should be then the don't deserve to be in business.

3. I will never shop at a store that use to hassle me for my address and phone number when all I wanted to do was buy some AA batteries.

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