Texas Tech History – Part 4 – AST, Mouser, Cyrix, Apple.

Texas Tech History – Part 4 – AST, Mouser, Cyrix, Apple.

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Places visited in this episode:

Cyrix Corporation
2703 North Central Expressway, Richardson, TX

Tandy Center
150 Throckmorton street, Fort Worth, TX.

Mouser Electronics original location:
2363 U.S. 287 Frontage Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063

Mouser Electronics current location:
1000 N Main St, Mansfield, TX 76063

AST Computer/Tandy Tech Support and Service
1001 NE Loop 820, Fort Worth TX.

AST Computer/Tandy Manufacturing
2400 Western Center Blvd, Fort Worth, TX.

Apple Computer Factory
2724 Realty Road, Carrollton, TX 75011

7000 State Highway 161, Building LC1, Irving, TX 75039 (current office)
1321 Greenway Dr, Irving, TX 75038 (canal office, opened 1991)
1212 Corporate Dr Irving TX 75038 (hilltop office, opened 1994)

ID Software Current location
1500 N Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081


  1. Nexus XT60 on November 22, 2021 at 3:46 am

    That thumbnail is awesome.

  2. Arvid Rudling on November 22, 2021 at 3:47 am

    15-year old me back in 1994 didn’t have a clue that sometime in the future there would be a “TV” show not portraying some historic royalty and their palaces but the historic grounds of companies like 3D Realms, Apple and TI. But if I would have known, it’d all make total sense even back then. This is not just the history of “tech”, it’s OUR history. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Rune Moberg on November 22, 2021 at 3:47 am

    I did not know anything about Mouser. I went to their website, it asked me if I was in Sweden or in the EU, and afaict there is a European shipping hub. AND they have lots of stuff that I’ve been looking for! A very pleasant surprise! Thank you.

  4. Leo M on November 22, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Looks exactly like Loud Howard!!

  5. M V on November 22, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Great IT history! I’m glad someone is documenting this before the information and buildings are lost to time.

  6. Jason McQueen on November 22, 2021 at 3:50 am

    I did watch and like this series. Greetings from Minnesota, the state responsible for putting all the ed software on Apple II’s that were in practically every grade school, Control Data, and Mouser’s rival Digi-Key.

  7. Xi Jinping on November 22, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Bringing back suppressed childhood memories of the Tandy center. Riding the train into it was the best freaking part

  8. Alexander Rewijk on November 22, 2021 at 3:55 am

    oh yes, TI made tons of shift registers and all kinds of stuff that went into early computers, opamps, voltage controllers, all that jazz

  9. Solice2049 on November 22, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I really wish there would have been more episodes. I love this kind of thing.

  10. Gyula Szabó on November 22, 2021 at 3:57 am

    (HUN) Kár, hogy nincs folytatása. Szívesen néztem volna tovább. Köszönet érte.

  11. novaprospekt on November 22, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Please keep exploring new series like this because honestly this was really interesting and it keeps the channel fresh.

  12. Tyler Shelly on November 22, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Did anyone comment about the speed? Construction sites, especially oil & gas operations, use oddball speed limits too. Supposedly it’s so you "remember" it better and have to pay more attention to your speed.

  13. Benjamin Matzke on November 22, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Not sure if you could get an entire episode out of it, but I would love to hear about what happened to Infomart the permanent computer expo. That was in your neck of the woods wasn’t it?

  14. unseenufo on November 22, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Cries in Lubbock

  15. Macsen Phloudio on November 22, 2021 at 4:04 am

    The very first computer I ever built had a Cyrix 486-DLC 40 CPU in it. Cyrix was AMD before AMD was AMD.

  16. Retro on November 22, 2021 at 4:07 am

    now the rest are made in china…

  17. Alexander Rewijk on November 22, 2021 at 4:08 am

    mouser, not to be confused with mauser, who made shooting irons in a different country, in a different time lol

  18. Eugene Elkin on November 22, 2021 at 4:08 am


  19. Airshack Retro on November 22, 2021 at 4:09 am

    One minute of coverage for Texas Instruments.

  20. Eric Sills on November 22, 2021 at 4:10 am

    You went to Houston in one episode and Lubbock is too far? C’mon man.

  21. Robert Showe on November 22, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Had to go back and watch this series again. I love all this history and really wish the series did better. love these videos

  22. Austin Milby on November 22, 2021 at 4:11 am

    I loved this series. There needs to be a nerds travel list for each state.

  23. Ravenfellblade on November 22, 2021 at 4:14 am

    Man, I wish I discovered your channel a lot sooner. I remember coming across one or two of your videos as "The iBook Guy", and really liked them, but I never subbed because I’m just not an Apple guy and assumed by the channel name that Apple was your main content. Boy, did I ever get that wrong! Fantastic content, and I’m a bit bummed that this series wasn’t popular enough to warrant continuation. I would absolutely love to see the planned but abandoned content come to fruition someday, especially the id Software stuff!

  24. staticrodent on November 22, 2021 at 4:15 am

    One of the things I really love about your videos that really shines through in this series is the process of making the videos. I love your way of interspersing bits of the process right in the middle of the videos. It makes the whole thing feel so much more relatable, and makes it feel like something anyone could do (just not as well!). Sorry this series had to conclude early, but looking forward to everything still to come!

  25. Sean Feely on November 22, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Awesome good once again. I’m from and live in corpus , but spent 1987 in north Dallas working on pools and decks. Drove by ti almost daily cause the freeways were always gridlock.

  26. heavytanhat on November 22, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Always been a Digikey customer despite living in Austin, but I definitely had some Mouser catalogs too. Still sad I let go of the last Digikey, Mouser, Grainger, and MSC catalogs in a move a few years ago.

  27. Sarah Baer on November 22, 2021 at 4:16 am

    I love his intro. It’s so happy

  28. Josie Stewart on November 22, 2021 at 4:17 am

    I really appreciate you doing this series. I spent a considerable amount of time in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and especially Houston growing up. My dad worked at Dell, once upon a time. My grandpa worked on the space program, although that was when he lived in California. Today I work at Lockheed Martin– I’m out in Georgia, but my manager is in Fort Worth. Still, even being from Texas, there were several things in this series I didn’t know, and it was really neat to see everything in depth.

  29. reef tank on November 22, 2021 at 4:18 am

    just stumbled on this series and am going back to watch 1-3 now

  30. Mark Bender on November 22, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Personally I LOVED each episode of Texas Tech History. It also helps that I’m a tech geek living in the DFW area and also recently lived on one of the old (now repurposed) campuses for Dell in Plano! I’m planning some side trips this summer to see some of the locations you covered. I didn’t know that id software is now in my back yard in Richardson!

    Thank you so very much for these. I’ll be watching them again and again.

  31. CarrotDugTooDeep on November 22, 2021 at 4:20 am

    I have spent a small fortune (and still do) buying stuff from Mouser. When we lived in Wichita Falls, I could order stuff at 8 PM and it would be at my door the next morning. Fantastic service from them and I always wondered how they could be so efficient. Thank you for sharing!

  32. Jorge Pais on November 22, 2021 at 4:20 am

    It is funny that Mouser is here in Portugal one or almost the only place where we can buy electronic components. We had a lot of houses that supplied electronic parts but they are all now closed. The portuguese people does not try to repair things anymore also. But I think that "our" Mouser must be a franchise. If you visit mouser.pt you will see that even the logo is different!

  33. Tomasz K on November 22, 2021 at 4:24 am

    Hey, I’ve got an idea. You could make another series about Texas tech history, but this time more like a brief glossary of the actual regional products. Just like you started with that Dallas Clock – the whole programme about such cases would be a great thing, I guess – to me for sure at least. Regards!

  34. Andrew Reeves on November 22, 2021 at 4:24 am

    Wait there’s a TI building in Lubbock? Speaking of Lubbock, when I see Texas and Tech together I think of something else. #IamaRedRaider

  35. Scott Gage on November 22, 2021 at 4:24 am

    We still have a radio shack in my tiny town

  36. Paul Anderson on November 22, 2021 at 4:25 am

    Loved this series.

  37. bBrain on November 22, 2021 at 4:26 am

    It’s a fun series. Really enjoyed it.

  38. FTropper on November 22, 2021 at 4:28 am

    Do you notice anything from the Tech Movement from California to Texas?!

  39. 𝓔𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓩𝓧 on November 22, 2021 at 4:29 am

    The Great State

  40. buttery smooth on November 22, 2021 at 4:29 am

    Damn it I want this series to continue! Can’t you do more without actually driving to them?

  41. JohnD on November 22, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Please, keep making these videos. This was an awesome work.

  42. MidnightCube on November 22, 2021 at 4:33 am

    I must admit, going into this series, I was sceptical. I mean, how interesting could a boring walkthrough of gun-toting texas be in relation to the tech industry? I’m happy to say I was wrong, and that you’ve enlightened me. Great series and fantastic work. Shame it couldn’t continue.

  43. Patriot 03 on November 22, 2021 at 4:35 am

    I genuinely enjoyed this series, very nice. Shame it isn’t more popular but I hope more people get to appreciate it as time goes on.

  44. ynotw57 on November 22, 2021 at 4:38 am

    If "1212 Corporate Drive" doesn’t clue you into how exciting Microsoft can be…

  45. Zsigmond Németh on November 22, 2021 at 4:39 am

    9 mph! Because most serious calculations are done in metric everywhere, THEN, for the US public it is converted to imperial. It’s basically 15 kmh. Just as 60 is ~100.

  46. Akotski1338 on November 22, 2021 at 4:39 am

    I feel like the 9 mile per hour must be a reference to something

  47. spartan x on November 22, 2021 at 4:40 am

    very interesting !! very good job..my dad used to live in houston in the 80s ..i miss it…didnt know compaq was located in houston…very cool

  48. musa on November 22, 2021 at 4:45 am

    11:10 when speedrun kicks in

  49. Timothy Burchell on November 22, 2021 at 4:45 am

    I am also sorry this series was not so popular, I personally have found them awesome! Please keep up this great channel as I have been binge watching the videos and love them, they make me feel nostalgic for the way things use too be and lord knows I miss the old days lol.

  50. Ukes of Hazzard on November 22, 2021 at 4:46 am

    Bummer the series wasn’t more popular. I’ve been subscribed for years, but for some reason, I never noticed them on my feed and am just now catching up. Still a fun watch. Hopefully they get a second wave of interest so more people can appreciate the work and all the interesting history. Never realized so much of the tech I grew up on came out of Texas!

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