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Remember these ads? I sure do. I remember a surprising number of them, from magazines like Byte and PC Age.

30 Old PC Ads That Will Blow Your Processor

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. SKR says:

    COCO!!!!

  2. fiilfin says:

    I have to laugh a little when I see ads for “vintage” clothing shops that jack the price for old clothes when you can find the same things at the Salvation Army for fifty cents.

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  3. Jochem says:

    The guy in the first picture kinda looks like an old Collin Cunningham to me…

  4. Simon says:

    Ah, the VIC 20. My first computer. That’s the biorhythm software shown on screen I believe and Captain Kirk himself advertising it. I loved that thing so much ‘VIC 20′ is the number plate I put on the car I just spent 6 years restoring (the car is also called Vicky 2 – different story). If it wasn’t for that computer getting me interested and into the industry I am not sure I could afford expensive hobbies like building cars now.

  5. CircuitGizmo says:

    I remember about half of those ads. The commentary is a little disappointing, though. We can ALL do the math. What would have been nice is a date to go with the ads, and some information other than what we can see and calculate from the ad image. There just wasn’t effort put into the list.

    Sequential, historical, and “fun” facts would have made that a pleasant trip down memory lane. Instead it was like reading a grocery list.

    I wish I hadn’t tossed all of my Byte and Kilobaud magazines.

  6. Alan Parekh says:

    That’s a blast from the past!

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