101 Classic Computer Ads

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  1. Terry Olaes

    Terry Olaes I Used to be the [H] News Guy

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    BoingBoing has a great gallery containing 101 computer system and game ads from the past. Enjoy your trip down nostalgia lane and for you kids that don’t get it, just stand aside and let your elders reminisce. ;)
     
  2. Tim

    Tim [H]ardness Supreme

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    My brother in law still has that original ad that you posted. It's in a magazine that he still keeps around for bathroom reading material.
     
  3. Terry Olaes

    Terry Olaes I Used to be the [H] News Guy

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    That's some seriously old school bathroom reading material, Tim. :eek:
     
  4. hoffstetter

    hoffstetter Gawd

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    Haha Adblock even blocked these old school ads. I was about to come here and ask where the pics were.
     
  5. ITSTHINKING

    ITSTHINKING [H]ard|Gawd

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    That was cool to see, I wasn't really old enough to see any of that.
     
  6. Walkintarget

    Walkintarget Limp Gawd

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    LoL @ ComputerLand ad.
    I learned my first DOS commands in '89 at a weeklong training seminar at ComputerLand. Company had bought a 286 for CAD design and I was the guy using it. That CAD job was gone within 2 years, but my IT career has been going strong since '97.

    I'm sooo glad I moved on from the Atari 2600 phase to a PC. I still point out the fact that you don't get a job by indicating you are a trained console gamer these days.
    ;)
     
  7. FSCDiablo

    FSCDiablo Limp Gawd

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    I've got some of those ads in a few 1980's magazines laying around. Bill Cosby selling TI stuff. Couple of 1987 Commodore and Amiga magazines. Still got 2 x Atari 2600s, Commodore 64, and a Vectrex in the closet. Good ol' memories.

    I really should throw more things away....
     
  8. YeuEmMaiMai

    YeuEmMaiMai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    lol commodore and ti, who could forget :p
     
  9. CaptNumbNutz

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    Did anyone notice the Doral Cigarette ad squeezed in there?
    That has to be the worst ad of the bunch, and not just because its for cigarettes.
     
  10. Negative Decibel

    Negative Decibel 2[H]4U

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    ahh. I sometimes miss my Atari 2600 and my apple][...
    Those were some good days...
     
  11. [H]ocusPocus

    [H]ocusPocus Limp Gawd

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    Was that King Kong Bundy in there??? Don't remember that ad :)
     
  12. [H]ocusPocus

    [H]ocusPocus Limp Gawd

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    And my first PC, the trash-80 color computer 2 is in there.. nice... still have it in the basement.. it still runs.. and the floppy drive can still read files I stored on a 5 1/4 floppy in 1985.
     
  13. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment [H]ard as it Gets

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    haha king kong bundy WICKED!!

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  14. Tim

    Tim [H]ardness Supreme

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    They're programming books. Concepts in programming never get old!
     
  15. cyclone3d

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    Wow.. brings back memories... had the Timex T-1000, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, 5200, 7800. One of my friends had a TRS-80.

    Did anybody else notice how in the IBM commercial the hand is pressing the key with the middle finger... hehe.
     
  16. Jutsu

    Jutsu [H]ard|Gawd

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    i think I have one those IBM systems sitting somewhere in my basement...
     
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    Interesting, but no ads for the IBM 360 series?!?

    Hell, that was probably the single most important series in modern day computing. Even though they were mainframes, they brought computing to a wide range of business, from large to small, and from the "science fiction" world into everyday life.

    They also, in a way, were the start of cross-platform compatability. RCA, NCR, Honneywell, and others all came out with systems that were supposed to be "machine language compatabile" with the 360's in an effort to lure some of IBM's customers.

    I was programming on an NCR Century 200 for a chemical company in Cincinnati, and all of the non-data processing people still called it the IBM room :rolleyes: We later (and not soon enough for me), Went to the IBM System 3 so the term IBM room was once more technically correct :)
     
  19. lundrog

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    HAHA, way funny.
     
  20. RangerXML

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    Most of them are very dull, but there are a few that just stand out like this one.

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  21. Babbster

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