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39 throwback ads to show how far computers have come

It wasn’t too long ago that consumers were fascinated by the possibilities of computers, and these ads hilariously surely prove it. It’s always quite comical to sift through vintage computer ads, because as we all know, nothing gets old faster than technology news. That’s as true of the early days of computing as it is now, even in today’s ever-connected world.

1. The hard disk you’ve been waiting for… only $3,398! (via boingboing)

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2. Hey, it adds 15 million characters of storage! (via Deanhunt)

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3. If a Commodore is good enough for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, then it’s good enough for you. (via Retrocrush)

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4. “Radio Shack’s TRS-80 Computer Is the Smartest Way to Write,” says Isaac Asimov. (via Vintage Ads)

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5. 16K RAM turns your computer to a working giant, well for the time. This 1977 RAM card is actually 256,000 times smaller than today’s 4GB. (via pinkish)

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6. Let’s face it, there’s nothing like portability. The 1976 equivalent of a modern-day laptop? (via pinkish)

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7. 300 Mbytes for the price of a Honda Civic? Luckily, our hard disks don’t cost as much today. (via Coyote Blog)

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8. And who said computers couldn’t be sexy?  (via Bionic Works)

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9. Unlimited vocabulary? Geewizbang! (via Vintage Ad Browser)

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10. Nothing like your first video game, joy sticks and all. (via abduzeed)

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11. Speaking of joysticks… (via VC&G)

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12. If the price doesn’t scare you, try looking at that original Apple logo. (via Mac Mothership)

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13. By the year 2000, the world may catch up with the way Compuserve’s Electronic Mall lets you shop today. (via Top Design Mag)

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14. Did you know apples make great carrots? At least the logo and tone here are much more reminiscent to today. (via Aresluna)

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15. Two bytes are better than one… (via Modern Mechanix)

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16. What the heck is electronic mail? (via Mascola)

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17. Look, it’s a small (9-pounded) miracle. (via The Hidden Fact)

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18. Sink your teeth into this: Based on that rate, it looks like today’s 4GB would cost you $85,899,345.92. (via izismile)

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19. Now that’s “surfing” the web? (via audioroundtable)

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20. Complete with write protection and all! (via KrakLog)

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21. Works at the speed of a motorbike? (via Aresluna)

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22. So that’s how you write music? (via VC&G)

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23. Remember the Logitech HiREZ Mouse? (via Aresluna)

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24. Or this one? Microsoft sets the standard with this gem that would be the blueprint of future mice. (via VC&G)

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25. What do you get when you combine a calculator and intercom? (via Planet Sinclair)

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26. It might be a far cry from Apple’s uber-thin Macbook Air today, but back in those days, this nifty computer was a game-changer. (via Aresluna)

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27. So that’s the original use for an Apple? (via Mac Mothership)

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28. We imagine our lives were never the same. (via My Crazy Town)

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29. Kevin Costner, Jeff Goldblum, Tony Hawk, Will Ferrell, Eminem… Thomas Jefferson. Apple has always had a way with celebs, even those from more two centuries ago. (via Aresluna)

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30. If you were to carry that Osborne model today, you’d probably the same reaction. (via Reg Hardware)

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31. Extraordinary… in size and price. (via VC&G)

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32. It was 1970, what can we say?

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33. Doesn’t seem too “portable?” Also, is that a kitchen table? (via VC&G)

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34. Did anyone else know they had computers way back when? (via Modern Mechanix)

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35. Ironically, some may say this question still holds true today. (via Aresluna)

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36. Cut and paste! Couldn’t have done this article without that function! (via Mac Mothership)

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37. When he wasn’t pitching pudding, Bill Cosby was talking computers in 1981.

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38. Hey girl, you want me to hold that computer for you?

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39. Sir, you forgot your laptop bag. (via Planet Oddity)

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