Skip to comments.When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC (LOTS of graphics)
Posted on 04/01/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT by Stoat
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My Color Computer came with 4k memory.
With great trepidation I cracked it and up graded to a whopping 64K
Bookmark for Monday’s class.
My first computer was an XT with an 8088 processor, 4.77 MHz, 640K ram, no hard drive, two floppy drives, and a dazzling 4-color display monitor (including white). No internet of course. I probably had more fun with that one than any others since.
If government would step away from health care, we might look back 30 years from now and marvel at how hideously expensive it all was back in 2012.
1981: My software company employer had a PDP-11/70 running the RSTS/E operating system with a whomping one MEGAbyte of memory.
The machine was way overloaded and spent so much time housekeeping it had little time left for anything else. We bitched up a storm about lost productivity, etc.
Finally the powers that be agreed to a memory upgrade. They bought another one MEGAbyte of memory for $3,000.00.
Productivity soared. Technology is truly amazing.
My first was an AccessMatrix - amber monochrome screen, 2(!)7” floppy drives, dot matrix printer and acoustic modem cups built in. And it was CPM based. None of that MSDOS foolishness for me!
I started with a Color Computer for the kids for Christmas, but wound up using it more than they did. Then, I went to an 8086, an 8Mhz with 256K (or was it 512...) RAM, a 20Mb HDD and two large floppies. Adding a modem, I was able to get to Compuserve. That 4 color monitor sure didn’t display games like the packages showed...
Probably enough, if saved, to now be a nice IRA.
I upgraded my XT with a NEC V20 and got the boot time down to 60 seconds! Of course, I also had a 10 MB HD, a trade-off for keeping the green screen. </four yorkshiremen>
Holy crap! $20,000 for 300Mb of HDD!?
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I just bought an 8Gb flash thumb drive for 10 bucks. That is $1.9 X 10-9 per Mb. UFB isn't it?
And that was back when $20,000 was a LOT of money.
(A brand new 1979 Z/28 Camaro could be had for between $6500-8000).
A hard drive would have been a definite improvement over all the disk swapping I did, maybe worth trading for a bw monitor. Actually mine was 4 colors including black and white. The other two were red and cyan. I feel a little guilty over selling that computer, however. It has a “turbo” function which I forgot to tell the buyer about (Ctl-alt-+). He probably never found out.
I still have my programming manual for the Apple II.
Apple ][ had Basic in the ROM, so he could have just booted to that and typed for a half hour or so. Hope there’s no power glitches in the neighborhood!
ping for a walk down memory lane... I feel old.
You go back before me then. The 8086 preceded the 8088. Actually I did have an Odyssey pong machine before that, which was like the predecessor of the x-box type game machines.
:’) Somewhere I think I saved some suggestive ones. Wait, did I type that out loud?
My first computer was a 128 K Macintosh with no hard drive that cost like $5000! I’ve had a lot of computers since then, but I still have the original Macintosh and every once in a great while I still turn it on and it boots from a 3.5” floppy.
The PC Transporter coprocessor card for the Apple II I have around here somewhere, uh, I think it is, anyway, that used an NEC Vsomething processor.
Couldn't have made it through grad school without this thing.
Magnetic interference from the monitor would interfere with the floppy disk drives, so you had to separate the two with a stack of phone books.
The Disk ][ was too boxy-looking for Steve Jobs, so isn’t in the picture. That, or they loaded this off the cassette tape. ;’)
White water Prodigy boards?
As others noted, hard drive prices looked very reasonable back then, but storage requirements (and limitations) were much smaller also. The Sider 10 meg for the Apple line was $695, but when the 20 meg came out the price was the same, if memory serves. The first ad I saw (in InfoWorld) for a 1 gb drive had a price of $10K, and my geek buddy and I were impressed.
Apple IIgs emulator for the Mac:
I really miss that catalog, along with JS&A Products that Think. :’) My first printer was an Olivetti inkjet, no true descenders, and I got it from DAK.
I used that to access FIDOnet and then Compuserve, GEnie, and a couple other services I dan't recall. One started with a "P", I think that is where I first ran into FReeRepublic in a chat room kinda thing.
Next up was a series of 8086 and 8088 based Tandys, SL and TX 1000 which I heavily modded. There was an Apple something in there too but I disliked it so much I hardly ever used it. Didn't play with Apple again until someone gave me a bunch in the mid 90's. It included an Early Mac SE complete with Grateful Dead sticker. I still have it somewhere.
I was using PC's at work and finally built my own after the Tandy's couldn't be modded anymore.
I can't recall ever buying a complete PC new but I could be wrong because of my partialheimer's. Right now I'm mainly using an IBM ThinkCentre dual core 3.2Ghz and it is rock solid so I won't upgrade until I absolutely have to.
My family is very into tablets right now. Three of us sit in the living room all on our own tablets - mine is an old Edge Pocket Dualbook - which is really silly!
In any case in the spirit of the thread there used to be a website that brought back real memories especially from the UofP and the PDP-10... www.asciigirls.com or.net or .org. It seems to be gone now, it's not even on the Wayback site.
Nerds like me would sit in the basement of the UofP punching cards and making ASCII art of Snoopy, Garfield and of course what we imagined REAL girls to look like.
After hours you'd end up with a print out that you could hang on a wall, stand back ten feet, squint and enjoy.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
Of course there's ASCCI art now on other sites but it's not the same...way too graphic and it's already coded for you...sigh.
Was that Gates in the Tandy Radio Shack ad?
I couldn’t afford that much memory awesomeness.
It sends a thrill down my leg....
Is that an ashtray on his desk? Wow! This ad must be old!
3D-printing technology; this came in an email from the MOtley Fool.
My dad brought home a Radio Shack TRS-80 in 1980. We loaded our games with a cassette drive that took an eternity. If somehow you even looked at the wires going from the cassette to the computer it would fail to install properly-very frustrating for a 7 year old who just wanted to play a game.
18 years ago I was with a girlfriend touring the Smithsonian and looked up and saw my dad’s old “trash 80” system on display. It made me smile thinking of all the interesting times I had on that system.
Hard to believe I’m typing this on an iPhone 32 years later...
System Industries was the first place I interviewed with when I was looking to relocate to the “Sand Box,” i.e., Silicon Valley in 1982. I wound up working for a competitor of theirs called “Data Systems Designs.” The real point of the post though is that back then a Moderate GOP member of the house was elected from the Bay Area (the mind boggles at the concept.) His name was Ed Zschau and he founded Systems Industries.
In ‘93 I took an Autocad course a local college. I think the machine was a 13mhz. You could draw one tooth of a gear and then have the machine do an “array”, draw the other teeth. You could get a cup of coffee while it was doing this!