Tandy Floppy Disk

Single Tandy Floppy Disk was the single serving size of floppy

I know most of you are old enough to remember 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but did you know they used to sell them in single packages? The Tandy Floppy Disk above is an example of how they were packaged.

Most commonly, blank disks were sold in packs of 10. They came in cardboard boxes, which could be used to store them. If you bought them in bulk. like I occasionally did, you could order them in 25, 50, or even 100 packs. Back then formatting a blank disk took a minute or two. So you could save money by purchasing them unformatted. However if you wanted to save a little time, but spend a little more, you could pony up for the formatted ones. If you were really crazy and desperate you could buy them without the paper sleeves. But a naked floppy is insanity and if my opinion, not worth saving.

Back before Radio Shack was your home for cellphones, batteries and remote controlled toys, they sold computers and computer accessories. Including blank disks. I found the Tandy Floppy Disk pictured above out in my garage. As you can see it is of a single floppy disk packed in plastic. A single serving size of floppy.

I really do no remember when I picked this up. But, I am imagining a scenario in which someone might need to buy a single floppy disk. Perhaps a businessman on his way to work might remember, “Oh! I forgot! I was supposed to bring a single blank disk to work today!” That lucky fellow could swing his Ford Pinto right into Radio Shack, pick up a Tandy-brand floppy disk, and be on his way in no time. I’m assuming a guy who could only afford to buy one floppy disk at a time might drive a Ford Pinto as well.

What did you need your single Tandy Floppy Disk for? Your Tandy computer, of course.

Enjoy this classic Tandy Computer Commercial

Jetfighter the Game Series by Velocity Development

I played Jetfighter on a friends PC in the late 1980s and it always struck me a game that was not sure if it wanted to be an arcade game or a flight simulator. So the learning curve, if you wanted to get good at the game, made you work. All in all I was left with positive memories, although I had not though of it until I spotted this ad. The series, which was initiated in 1988, was made by Velocity Development. It had a bunch of sequels, that stretched out, under other studios, well into the new millennium.

Rediscover Dungeons of Daggorath

Dungeons of Daggorath was a 1982 computer game and one of the first games to use a 3D wireframe first-person perspective. It was produced by DynaMicro for the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer. The game was written by Douglas Morgan and Keith Kiyohara. It was released as a ROMpak cartridge for the Color Computer, which limited the size of the code to a mere eight kilobytes. Despite the small size, the game features a multi-level maze and groundbreaking sound effects by Phil Landmeier that provide important clues to the locations of monsters.

If you do not have a Color Computer hanging around, why not take a look at the Project Page for Dungeons of Daggorath PC-Port