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30 old pc ads that will blow your processor


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#1 thelittleduck

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 03:24 PM

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 04:46 PM

That was Isaac Asimov in one of those ads! Cool.
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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:55 PM

Wasn't sure if I saw him, but I saw William Shatner (Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise) in one.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:16 PM

Cool,,, the ACE 1000 was a complete rip off of the Apple II... But this was a huge difference.
The ACE1000 offers 64KRAM and includes upper and lower case keys, plus num lock

Oooh numlock I'm sold :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 03:55 AM

I thought my first comp was a clunker ( 486 hz 64 meg of ram 2gig hdd ).

Might go down the shed,dust it of and give it a hug :thumbsup:

Any one got one from the adds? If so how much did it cost? :flowers:

Edited by Brewster Down Under, 06 September 2010 - 04:11 AM.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:55 AM

Thank you KingOfIdiocy for that site. It brings back the old days. By those old standards we all have Super Computers now.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 09:05 PM

Ben Franklin is creepy...and so is that sitting by the pool with his shirt off...*shudder*

And a 10mb hard drive? For only $3398? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! :thumbsup:

Imagine the beast I'll have when I'm age 60!!!

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:53 AM

Ben Franklin is creepy...and so is that sitting by the pool with his shirt off...*shudder*

And a 10mb hard drive? For only $3398? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! :thumbsup:

Imagine the beast I'll have when I'm age 60!!!



And probabaly for not much more than you paid for the one you're using now. The unit I have has a dual-core processor, 3 Gbs RAM, and a 320 Gbs HD for under $400. I may replace it in a few years and I'll wager my $400 will buy a better system.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:45 PM

Any one got one from the adds? If so how much did it cost? :thumbsup:


I had several Amigas. The one in the picture next to the King Tut pixelated pic (program was called DeluxePaintII - DPaint for short) was an Amiga 1000 (their first model, complete with signatures of all factory workers etched inside of the case, even their dog's paw print!) and it came with a Motorola 68000 series CPU, 256 K RAM (stock, which you could expand to 512 internally, or get a whopping 1MB external block of RAM), no HDD, a 3.5" DD floppy, a keyboard, mouse and the most awesome (really) monitor a computer's had up until the dual flat screen TV/PC Monitors started coming out. The quality of the image on that monitor was astounding compared to what other computer manufacturers were doing at the time (we're talking 1986, pre-Windows days). The AmigaOS was GUI based and in many ways, I miss its simplicity. Right click was for the menu (which resided at the top of the screen, but only appeared when you actually clicked the right mouse button - you had to hold it to navigate the menu and let go of the button when you were over the choice you wanted). You could also customize icons (e.g. make them yourself, and animate them, easily). It was for many years (up until the mid 90s I think), the system of choice for TV broadcasters and animators.
You know the company Pixar right? The vid I just linked to was originally done on an Amiga back in 1986. Not too shabby for an old clunker I'd say.

Although the Amiga never really gained a strong foothold in the US market, it did have a rather strong market share in Europe and in Canada upon its release. Commodore later went down the tube, but the Amiga lives on....
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:03 PM

We laugh now, but I'm sure in 30 or more years, we will be looking back to this day and think "Wow, I pay such and such price for that much RAM? That's so slow, and so expensive!"

I wasn't even born when these ads came out, but I did have a good time reading them. I love looking at what was considered "amazing" years ago. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:49 PM

Any one got one from the adds? If so how much did it cost?


No, I didn't but the ZX80 and ZX81 were just ladies-in-waiting when out came the Speccy. My mum bought the 48k for 120 (about $185) The UK lapped these up and you can see why - "a BEEP command with variable pitch and duration"

Whoa!!

Having said that, the Microdrive's removable storage in 1983 is pretty innovative.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:45 PM

remembering my old Tandy 2500, no hard drive and only one floppy.

Thinking it was under 500 bucks ....but that was sooo long ago.

I still have a bunch of 5.25 floppys in a box somewhere

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 12:06 AM

Computer History Timeline.

http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/?category=cmptr

How many of these babies would fit in your house ? LOL :thumbsup:

Edited by Brewster Down Under, 11 September 2010 - 12:18 AM.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:33 AM

Computer History Timeline.

http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/?category=cmptr

How many of these babies would fit in your house ? LOL :thumbsup:


Excellent page

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

I'm old enough that I remember seeing most of those ads when they were first run.

Obviously the person that wrote the captions wasn't around when most of these ads were originally run. One of the ads for disk storage was for mainframe computers, not PCs and the person doesn't understand the difference between a portable computer and a laptop. Before laptops there were portables or "luggables". These were machines that were somewhat compact, all-in-one units that were designed to be lugged around but the key difference between them and a laptop is that they didn't run from a battery, they needed to be plugged into an outlet. They were heavy enough that you wouldn't even consider placing them in your lap to use them!
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