In 1971, six transistor radios were the rage. And then Dougy Rademacher and Terry Opanasenko showed up, almost to the day, sporting General Electric seven transistor radios
All the boys swooned. Surely the evolution of coolness had crested. We dreamed of the day when we could afford the pinnacle of electronic sophistication.
General Electric no longer manufactures and sells portable radios.
IBM personal computers based on the Intel 286 chip were blindingly fast, for the time, at 4MHz. They also had the equivalent of 134,000 transistors. All the cool kids craved a 286 based box.
IBM no longer manufactures and sells personal computers.
Today's icons of coolness
An Apple smartphone and a Tesla.
How long before smartphones become a commodity and Apple's profit machine stumbles?
|The good news is that it did not burst into flames in the attached garage.
Time will tell.