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When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC (LOTS of graphics)
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 1, 2012

Posted on 04/01/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT by Stoat

'Maybe even sexy': This glamorous 1971 advert is trying to sell a modem, of all things

 

Girl power: Technico Inc also used sex appeal to sell their 'microcomputer' in 1978

 

Sex sells: Film character Elvira was recruited to depict a desktop as a chainsaw tearing apart the old ways of doing things in this bizarre 1991 advert

 

What indeed? Three decades on, scenes like this are a thing of the past as email has become ubiquitous

 

Hot shot: Bill Gates teamed up with Radio Shack in 1985 to promote computers carrying Microsoft Windows

 

Star power: Sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov was another well-known spokesman for Radio Shack in the 1980s

 

Handy? In 1976, this chunky briefcase was the equivalent of the modern laptop, complete with tiny screen

 

Giant? This RAM card from 1977 was fast for its time, but had 30,000 times less power than the latest iPhone

 

Mail order memory: System Industries charged an annual salary for enough storage space to hold half a film

 




(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; History; Science
KEYWORDS: computers; computing; history; tech
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Naturally, I'm hoping y'all will post additional amusing and/or historical computer-related ads...I know you've got some saved ;-)
1 posted on 04/01/2012 6:21:49 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: ShadowAce; Swordmaker; rdb3; martin_fierro; SunkenCiv

“Thought you might be interested” ping


2 posted on 04/01/2012 6:23:33 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

3 posted on 04/01/2012 6:27:58 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Stoat

My Color Computer came with 4k memory.

With great trepidation I cracked it and up graded to a whopping 64K


4 posted on 04/01/2012 6:28:54 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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Bookmark for Monday’s class.


5 posted on 04/01/2012 6:31:23 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: bert

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.


6 posted on 04/01/2012 6:35:25 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Stoat

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.


7 posted on 04/01/2012 6:40:06 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Stoat

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.


8 posted on 04/01/2012 6:49:43 AM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

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!


9 posted on 04/01/2012 6:49:43 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

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...


10 posted on 04/01/2012 6:49:49 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Stoat
I can't remember how many bucketfuls of quarters I wizzed away on stuff like this at the arcade in the Mall way back when.

Probably enough, if saved, to now be a nice IRA.

11 posted on 04/01/2012 6:52:42 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

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>


12 posted on 04/01/2012 6:53:51 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: Kartographer
My first was a TRS Model III. Still have it sitting on a shelf. My first right wing post was made on Compuserve at 1200 baud.

13 posted on 04/01/2012 6:55:48 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Me too. With wide printer and UPS it cost me somewhere in the $3k neighborhood, as I recall.
14 posted on 04/01/2012 6:58:11 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Stoat

Holy crap! $20,000 for 300Mb of HDD!?


15 posted on 04/01/2012 7:00:25 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; InShanghai; xrp; ...

Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.  

16 posted on 04/01/2012 7:02:03 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Stoat
Wow 80Mb of memory for $12K. That is $150 per Mb.

I just bought an 8Gb flash thumb drive for 10 bucks. That is $1.9 X 10-9 per Mb. UFB isn't it?

17 posted on 04/01/2012 7:02:22 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Stoat
My very first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 - 3.25mhz cpu, 2kb of ram and membrane keypad along with 64 columns and 48 rows of graphics. It was so weak that when it had to do a computation, the screen would blank out. Used a cassette drive to store data. $99 at the local Venture store. Man, I thought I was the bomb with that thing.


18 posted on 04/01/2012 7:13:53 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (2012 isn't an election - it's a restraining order.)
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To: Stoat
Apple ][ Pictures, Images and Photos

Huh, no disk drive, where is that graph coming from?

19 posted on 04/01/2012 7:14:08 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Future Snake Eater
"Holy crap! $20,000 for 300Mb of HDD!?"

No kidding.

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).

20 posted on 04/01/2012 7:14:14 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Stegall Tx

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.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 7:21:01 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Snickering Hound

I still have my programming manual for the Apple II.


22 posted on 04/01/2012 7:22:16 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Snickering Hound

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!


23 posted on 04/01/2012 7:23:01 AM PDT by cryptical (The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: gieriscm

ping for a walk down memory lane... I feel old.


24 posted on 04/01/2012 7:26:09 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: bcsco

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.


25 posted on 04/01/2012 7:26:50 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Stoat; Ernest_at_the_Beach; blam

:’) Somewhere I think I saved some suggestive ones. Wait, did I type that out loud?


26 posted on 04/01/2012 7:27:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

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.


27 posted on 04/01/2012 7:29:17 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Stegall Tx

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.


28 posted on 04/01/2012 7:29:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Stoat

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.

29 posted on 04/01/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Snickering Hound

The Disk ][ was too boxy-looking for Steve Jobs, so isn’t in the picture. That, or they loaded this off the cassette tape. ;’)


30 posted on 04/01/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Stoat


31 posted on 04/01/2012 7:34:42 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: y6162

White water Prodigy boards?


32 posted on 04/01/2012 7:34:54 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Stoat; Swordmaker

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:
http://www.google.com/search?q=bernie+][+the+rescue


33 posted on 04/01/2012 7:35:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: martin_fierro

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.


34 posted on 04/01/2012 7:38:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Stoat; All
Outside of the PDP-10 at the University of Pittsburgh and my trusty Texas Instruments red LED calculator, my first computer was a Timex Sinclair. Bought all the extras and then moved up to a Tandy Color Computer again with all the extras including that silly 4 inch wide 4 pen printer.

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.

35 posted on 04/01/2012 7:39:45 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Stoat

Was that Gates in the Tandy Radio Shack ad?


36 posted on 04/01/2012 7:40:40 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: y6162

37 posted on 04/01/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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38 posted on 04/01/2012 7:43:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: bert

Lucky guy.

I couldn’t afford that much memory awesomeness.


39 posted on 04/01/2012 7:43:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SunkenCiv
DAK: STILL WITH US!!
40 posted on 04/01/2012 7:43:58 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Stoat

Excellent!!!

It sends a thrill down my leg....


41 posted on 04/01/2012 7:44:18 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Stoat

Is that an ashtray on his desk? Wow! This ad must be old!

42 posted on 04/01/2012 7:45:17 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Stoat

43 posted on 04/01/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: Stoat
Maybe this is the new future.

3D-printing technology; this came in an email from the MOtley Fool.

44 posted on 04/01/2012 7:48:17 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Stoat

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...

Roscommon


45 posted on 04/01/2012 7:49:23 AM PDT by roscommon
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To: Future Snake Eater

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.


46 posted on 04/01/2012 7:50:59 AM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: Stoat

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!


48 posted on 04/01/2012 7:52:50 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Stoat

49 posted on 04/01/2012 7:58:10 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Stoat; SunkenCiv; Swordmaker; ShadowAce; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Coffee table made from an original 26-inch hard drive platter from a 1967 Control Data Corporation 6603 Disk File Controller

50 posted on 04/01/2012 8:00:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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