Ten old computer Ads, that will make you laugh today !

Posted: July 4, 2010 in All Categories, Gadgets, hardware
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We can laugh now, but back in 80’s and 90’s then it was all new. Tech that was once cutting-edge is just plain funny now, that’s what this week blog post is all about, I visited computer history sites and watching computer history shows, found this ad’s which made me kind of lol 🙂 on these ads created old times.. so let’s take a look at the old computer ads and revisit the tech of our youth..

1) Radio Shack in 1985 pulled in the big guns when they recruited ubergeek Bill Gates for this advertisement for their Tandy computer. I imagine for Bill and Microsoft this was just an excuse to talk about Microsoft Windows, but still quite a coup for Tandy. Here is the full page advert after the jump..

RadioShack: “Designing a revolutionary concept…” (1985)

RadioShack: “Designing a revolutionary concept…” (1985)

2) Here is the “Introducing Microsoft Excel” ad (1987), I guess this was the very first version of MS excel 😉

Microsoft: “Introducing Microsoft Excel” (1987)

Microsoft: “Introducing Microsoft Excel” (1987)

3) Here’s an old magazine ad by Honeywell for what was a newfangled thing for most people in the 1980s — Electronic Mail or E-mail, that guy is freaking funny 😉

HoneyWell: "What the Heck is Electronic Mail?" (1981)

4) Did you know once upon a time 80 MB of hard disk cost’s for under $12,000, today people ask the question, Why did you ever spend $300 on that tiny 2TB drive??, this ad speaks it all…

System Industries: “80 MB for under $12,000″ (1977)

System Industries: “80 MB for under $12,000″ (1977)

5) An old ad for a 16K RAM card that would have cost you $500 to $800!, this was in 1977, just believe it I remember a famous quote when Bill gates said “Who in the world would need more than 516K of RAM?” 🙂 can’t stop laughing…

Cromemco: “The New 16K RAM card…” (1977)

Cromemco: “The New 16K RAM card…” (1977)

6) Gone are the days of the TMS 9900 (i.e. Before Netbooks and mini PCs, there was the TMS9900, or in other words, Texas Instruments’ 990 minicomputer) – when “two bytes are better than one”, but these retro computer ads will forever live on..

Technico Inc TMS9900: “Two bytes are better than one” (1978)

Technico Inc TMS9900: “Two bytes are better than one” (1978)

7) Epic Lolz, you call that a sexy modem, yeah maybe in 1971, but this is still a epic LOL ..

Penril: “We call it a Penril Modem” (1971)

Penril: “We call it a Penril Modem” (1971)

8) I’ve seen a number of TRS-80 ads featuring him, but this one is epic,, Isaac Asimov’s featuring for this “Favorite First Color Computer” in 1982,,

RadioShack: Issac Asimov featuring a color computer (1982)

RadioShack: Issac Asimov featuring a color computer (1982)

9) The laptop sure has come a long way (chuckling over the Digi-Log Interactive’s 5″ monochrome screen) . One day our kids will be snickering at our iPhones, Blackberries and laptops with curious amusement too…

Digi-Log: “Briefcase Portability” (1976)

Digi-Log: “Briefcase Portability” (1976)

10) And here is one ad with detailed specification “Monitor and Mouse” not included, this is one very old computer with future cost, from late 1980’s the Tandy 5000 MC Professional System !

Tandy 5000 MC Professional System

Tandy 5000 MC Professional System

Also here is an sample of 1950’s Advertising: UNIVAC Computer TV-Commercial (dated: 5 February 1956)

I definitely know in other 20 years our kids are going to be laughing their asses off about the stupid computers we’re using now! What do you think !! Let’s Catch up with an interesting post next week, till then sweet memories…

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Comments
  1. mmosT says:

    hey.. really nice work. thank you.

  2. […] Ten old computer Ads, that will make you laugh today ! […]

  3. news says:

    Great piece of writing.

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