Retro computer ads are our favourite.
During the early 1980s, the computer finally made its way into the home in a big way. Obviously, most of us didn’t know how to use these things, and software and hardware companies were only too eager to tell us what we had to buy.
From dot-matrix printers for the home to word processing software for small businesses. The booming 1980s provided consumers with seemingly unlimited resources to purchase whatever technology was put forth. Then let’s check out some of the sale items.
The advertising for Personal Computers, whether it was software or hardware, promised the moon. The promises of personal computers began to wane as consumers began to appreciate the true capabilities of a computer. The above advertisement literally promotes the idea that your PC can serve as a crystal ball.
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Juki Printer, 1983
David Hard Disk Subsystem, 1982
How you printed your screen in 1984
Although we take it for granted today, printing your screen was not an option on early Apple computers. To make hard copies of graphics and text, you would have needed something like this FingerPrint printer interface card (complete with a “touch-sensitive button” to be added to keyboards).
Apple IIc, 1984
Flight Simulator II, 1984
Ghostbusters, the Computer Game, 1984
Osborne 1, 1982
At 25 pounds, the Obsorne 1 is a bit of a beast, but it was once one of the earliest laptops ever made. Despite its historical importance, Osborne Computer Corporation declared bankruptcy in 1983.
North Star Computers, 1982
The North Star Horizon here, one of the earliest multi-user computers with a built-in drive, played an important role in multi-user computing in the 1980s and 1970s.
Its technology did not keep up with current technology. North Star had disappeared by 1984.