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A few weeks ago, TDWTF contributor Mark Bowytz shared some fun classic computer ads. Apparently, Mark has an entire attic filled with Byte magazine and other '80s computer magazines, and has dug through them to pull out some more. Stay tuned for more What the Ad?... [expand full text]
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Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:07 • by Code Dependent
Careful, these things can be ad-dictive.

Fist!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:08 • by Gordonjcp (unregistered)
I actually have two of those C Itoh terminals, both CIT-101s, that came with my PDP-11. At some point along the line the folder with all the receipts for the PDP-11 and peripherals got lost, but I remember seeing it about ten years ago when the machine was decommissioned - the terminals were nearly £1400 each in 1985!

They have a very funky alternate font that resembles MICR characters. I'll need to try and dig out a picture.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:10 • by swapn (unregistered)
I like how linked wikipedia article about howard only contains information given here

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:15 • by snoofle
I still have that TI calculator in my desk. It survived Y2K, DST changes and six moves over the years. It still works just fine.

They just don't build 'em like that any more.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:19 • by Phantom Watson (unregistered)
Is that TI-59 to scale?

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:21 • by Foo (unregistered)
All of the article's images are in subdirectory called ads. It took me few seconds to understand AdBlock was blocking them... so if you don't see any images, turn off AdBlock.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:22 • by Lea Verou
OMG, my mother has that Texas Instruments calculator!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:26 • by DylanW
Wow, I'm not the only one who remembers MathNet.

I loved that show so much.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:36 • by Nick (unregistered)
It has been far too long since I've had my hands on a VT-100.

Those were the days.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:36 • by Nick (unregistered)
Why does $1995 seem to be a popular price for computers/terminals?

It all seems to be variations on 1, 9 and 5 otherwise.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:36 • by JakeyC (unregistered)
Upper AND lower case letters as standard?

I'll take two!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:44 • by Wells (unregistered)
Sadly, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on either one of those C.Itoh terminals or a real VT-100/220/320....

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:46 • by bemis (unregistered)
awesome

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:47 • by Not Wtf (unregistered)
Fail.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:50 • by fragglet (unregistered)
I scanned a bunch of old magazines a while ago. There's a review of MS Word 1.0 for DOS as well as the first version of Windows, and some amusing adverts:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7173831@N06/

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:53 • by CoCoIII (unregistered)
I still have boxes of Rainbow magizine from the tandy days :-)

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 10:53 • by CoCoIII (unregistered)
I still have boxes of Rainbow magizine from the tandy days :-)

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:03 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
Putting the images in you /ads/ folder eh? I see what you did there. Nice try.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:03 • by Me (unregistered)
I wouldn't call any of the ads a WTF, so it might be jumping the shark a little bit, but they are still interesting and entertaining to read.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:05 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
Bill Cosby looked decrepid even then. How the hell is that man still alive and, worse, still on our televisions?

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:25 • by Code Dependent
226304 in reply to 226291
CoCoIII:
I still have boxes of Rainbow magizine from the tandy days :-)
Oh, man, those were the days. Rainbow and Hot CoCo. 6809 Assembly Language. Along about 1984 there are a couple of items by me in there. Not articles, but contributions to discussion articles. Remember the RAID debugger that utilized the extra, unused 32K of RAM?

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:25 • by Code Dependent
226305 in reply to 226304
Code Dependent:
CoCoIII:
I still have boxes of Rainbow magizine from the tandy days :-)
Oh, man, those were the days. Rainbow, Hot CoCo, Color Computer Magazine. 6809 Assembly Language. Along about 1984 there are a couple of items by me in there. Not articles, but contributions to discussion articles. Remember the RAID debugger that utilized the extra, unused 32K of RAM?

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:29 • by Code Dependent
The forum software seems to be confused about what I mean by both "Edit" and "Delete".

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:33 • by Pope
As part of the contract with Mr. Cosby, to actually get the TI-59 Programmable you have to cut out the order form, calculator AND Bill. And don't even think about leaving any white space when you cut it out or your order will be sent back to you with an upper AND lowercase "No".

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:33 • by sui (unregistered)
My adblocker is blocking the images...

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:35 • by Harrow (unregistered)
226313 in reply to 226274
Phantom Watson:
Is that TI-59 to scale?
Yes, it is. But remember, Dr. Cosby is only sixteen inches tall.

-Harrow.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:35 • by relaxing (unregistered)
226314 in reply to 226275
Actually, I think I'll just not read the article, rather than support that sort of evil nonsense.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:43 • by JamesQMurphy
226320 in reply to 226313
Harrow:
Phantom Watson:
Is that TI-59 to scale?
Yes, it is. But remember, Dr. Cosby is only sixteen inches tall.

-Harrow.
I like how the tassel is draped over the calculator but Dr. Cosby is under the calculator.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:57 • by simon pascoe (unregistered)
I have a ti-59 !
the solid state was so cool.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 11:57 • by racerx_is_alive (unregistered)
226326 in reply to 226320
Wow, a Photoshop Disaster without the Photoshop.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:01 • by Archon (unregistered)
226327 in reply to 226284
JakeyC:
Upper AND lower case letters as standard?

I'll take two!


CAN I HAVE ONE? PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK I'M A TROLL.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:22 • by Tuesday (unregistered)
The story you're about to see is a fib, but it's short. The names are made up but the problems are real.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:27 • by Remember when (unregistered)
226333 in reply to 226327
I remember the extra card required for lower case on the Apple II.
And don't get me started on lower-case descenders...

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:27 • by ayla
How much does it cost to add lower case to the Apple II? :D What character set were they using?

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:28 • by mjk340
Things were so much simpler before the Commodore. Now we have to write code like:

if input == "no" || input == "No || input == "nO" || input == "NO"
{
//do stuff
}

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:37 • by racerx_is_alive (unregistered)
226341 in reply to 226335
mjk340:
Things were so much simpler before the Commodore. Now we have to write code like:

if input == "no" || input == "No || input == "nO" || input == "NO"
{
//do stuff
}


or you could always use if (tolower(input) == "no"){}

(Ignore this is my internet sarcasm filter is broken)

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:38 • by Bill Shatner (unregistered)
226342 in reply to 226283
Nick:
Why does $1995 seem to be a popular price for computers/terminals?

It all seems to be variations on 1, 9 and 5 otherwise.


Simple, most computers at the time only had 1, 9 and 5 buttons. But the Commodore had a separate numeric keypad! That was why it was the clear choice. Trust Bill Shatner!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:39 • by Anon (unregistered)
Wow! Apple's were overpriced even back then!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:40 • by Marc B (unregistered)
226344 in reply to 226284
JakeyC:
Upper AND lower case letters as standard?

I'll take two!


LUCKY BASTARDS - MY CHEAP BOSS WOULD ONLY OPT FOR THE UPPER CASE LETTERS. AND NO NUMBERS!

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:40 • by Bob (unregistered)
226345 in reply to 226335
mjk340:
Things were so much simpler before the Commodore. Now we have to write code like:

if input == "no" || input == "No || input == "nO" || input == "NO"
{
//do stuff
}

More like

IF UCASE$(INPUT = "NO") THEN
... do stuff
END IF
if its BASIC, toupper if its C, etc.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:41 • by CDarklock
I knew a DIY kind of guy in Virginia. When I went to his house for the first time, it took me about three minutes to ask - with great concern for his sanity - WTF he was doing with C64 disk drives hooked to his television, stereo, coffee pot, dishwasher, the list went on.

He explained that the C64 1541-II disk drive peripheral actually has a surprisingly powerful subcomputer in it, so he started snapping them up cheap when the drive motors and head assemblies were dead. He didn't care; he just wanted a convenient embedded processor that could run his various home projects. The disk drives attached to everything in his house were part of his home automation project, where he could sit on the couch and use his universal remote to make coffee.

Which involved the dishwasher. Honestly, you don't want to know.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:44 • by Bob (unregistered)
226349 in reply to 226327
Archon:

CAN I HAVE ONE? PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK I'M A TROLL.

DID YOU MANAGE TO BUILD GCC AND COMPILE W3M ON YOUR APPLE II, TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:47 • by Bjoern (unregistered)
More please! :)

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 12:59 • by iToad (unregistered)
We still have a couple of VT-100s. They still work.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:01 • by Mr B
226354 in reply to 226352
youluckybastardsminedoesntevencomewithaspacebar

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:03 • by Robert Hanson (unregistered)
The ads don't show up in firefox.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:10 • by Anonymously Yours (unregistered)
226356 in reply to 226296
Me:
I wouldn't call any of the ads a WTF, so it might be jumping the shark a little bit, but they are still interesting and entertaining to read.
Then you must have missed the specs on the Apple II, setting their standard of overpriced but less useful machines early on. Besides, this is in the "Featured Articles" category.

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:17 • by sf (unregistered)
How is it that TI could trade-mark "Solid State Software?" Isn't that kind of like trade-marking something like "milk chocolate?"

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:39 • by kennytm
226363 in reply to 226355
Robert Hanson:
The ads don't show up in firefox.

Turn off AdBlock.

Editors please use some URLs not containing the substring "/ads/"? :)

Re: What the Ad?

2008-10-31 13:56 • by Zylon
226366 in reply to 226345
Bob:
More like

IF UCASE$(INPUT = "NO") THEN
... do stuff
END IF
if its BASIC, toupper if its C, etc.

You FAIL at sarcasm.
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