Editor’s note: We originally published this look at tech ads throughout the years for Computerworld’s 40th anniversary. It’s just as fun — maybe even more so — a decade later for our 50th.
It’s rare for us to spend an hour-long staff meeting in nonstop laughter.
But that’s pretty much what happened when we gathered to go through old print issues of Computerworld as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.
The original idea of hauling those Computerworld issues out of storage was to look at important stories we’ve covered. But we couldn’t get over the ads!
“80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000!” boasts one. In another, a woman in hot pants touts a modem that’s, yes, “maybe even sexy.” There’s even a campy B movie celebrity hawking development software.