Dawn of the Computer Era

Do you have any nostalgia about the days when computers were big and slow? Now the size, appearance and speed of first computers seem to be lame but it was not always the case!

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58 Responses to Dawn of the Computer Era

  1. Hydro November 18, 2007 at 9:21 am #

    Ahh the firm deep clunk of the TRS-80 keyboard.

    I feel all warm and fuzzy.

    Life was good before some twit invented keyboards that rattled.

  2. SC November 18, 2007 at 9:40 am #

    We have come a very long way since then, Wonder what people in 25 years would say about the rigs that are sitting on desks now?

  3. Obama November 18, 2007 at 10:49 am #

    wow, the good ol’ days of hooking up your 13″ tv to a computer to play games. Shades of green too.. no color.

  4. Ben May November 18, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    Oh jeez – every time i see these sort of pics I just laugh!

  5. Jason November 18, 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    Were these taken for some kind of Compute Science calendar?
    Fourth pic down especially.

  6. SEO Test November 18, 2007 at 2:14 pm #

    @Jason: The pictures are from google images, funtasticus.com is a splog…

  7. Steven November 18, 2007 at 2:22 pm #

    The 11th picture is hilarious. She looks as if she’s flirting with the guy holding that huge old computer. “Yeah, I got this computer here, it can print out stuff you know.” While it seems she’s holding some jumbo cassette player.

    Who knew that bulky electronics got you girls?

  8. Live Television November 18, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    Amazing pictures, they look like they were taking in the 60s and 70s respectively.

  9. Carl November 18, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m old enough to remember a lot of this hardware. And my kids know to cover their ears when I begin telling tales of playing blackjack with the school’s mainframe in 1976.

  10. Rafa November 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    Steven… that cassette player, though it might have been for music, might have been for data also, as in those days, instead of diskette or (good Lord!), usb flash drives… you could use a certain tipe of tape recorder to store your data.

  11. RooNi3 November 18, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    Looks like the computer is the new social?

  12. Spooky November 18, 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    AHa

  13. James November 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm #

    Hey quit making fun of my childhood you whipper snappers! Seriously, I almost got a TRS-80 way back when. I’m glad I waited because the Commodore VIC-20 proved to be much more fun! Oh how we cherished those 5,000 or so bytes of RAM!

  14. Jimbuz November 18, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    “wow, the good ol’ days of hooking up your 13″ tv to a computer to play games. Shades of green too.. no color.”
    Any system hooked up to a TV would not be shades of green. You’re thinking of the old computer monitors that were either green or amber monochrome displays.

  15. Spooky November 18, 2007 at 6:55 pm #

    Hahaha! The computing world is now constantly reminded of those days of SLOW computers by the introduction of Windows Vista….

  16. RaymaN November 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    yeah, nice pics ;)

  17. zalpz November 18, 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    I still have 2 trs-80, and a printer… and now i have a macbook

  18. neurosne November 18, 2007 at 8:48 pm #

    Teach your mutant children the joys of destruction and telepathy. Get laid. Oh what we believed computers would do for us.

  19. radon November 18, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    we have to keep the pictures from today to publish them in 20 years ;)

  20. Rod November 18, 2007 at 9:18 pm #

    Oh how far w’ve come and yet its fun to go back and look at the stuff I first started on.

  21. Tech Warrior November 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    Looks like my museum, justy a little older lol

  22. IT gal November 18, 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    > you could use a certain tipe of tape recorder to store your data. – Rafa

    That’s true. They were called ‘datasettes.’ But I waited and bought the Commodore 1541 when it first came out… 170 kb of true random access storage on a 5.25 disk, w00t! Do you know how many manually-typed-in programs that will hold? Dude, you’ll never have to buy storage again! lol

    Got the 300 baud modem cassette too, so I could rule the BBSes. Woohoo!

  23. Jon November 18, 2007 at 11:11 pm #

    Is it just me or some of them look photoshopped or modified in some way? The 14th picture has some weird patterns on the blackboard on the right and the next one has the same thing on the right side of the carpet. The table leg looks weird also.

  24. Sasquatch November 18, 2007 at 11:31 pm #

    The woman in the first pic is hot.

  25. Szift November 19, 2007 at 12:55 am #

    @Jon: Yeah, looks photoshopped, most probably because these pic’s were used as ads and somebody took their time to remove the logos and brands of them.

    Ah.. I remember my good old Pegasus (or ‘NES’ as it was called in the U.S.) hooked up to my tv, playing Mario Bros, Pinball, Contra or Tank City on and on.. exchanging catridges with friends.. those were the days..

  26. Sysop November 19, 2007 at 2:03 am #

    Many of those pictures are from http://oldcomputers.net

  27. wootman November 19, 2007 at 3:23 am #

    The 9th pic is the fist pron

  28. HExtus November 19, 2007 at 7:06 am #

    No black people…?

    I am insulted :(

  29. szuman November 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    haha this pic: http://img.funtasticus.com/2007/nov/computer_era16112007/computer%20era011.jpg is the best :D She – books (traditionalist), he – computer (spanner) :)

  30. Jim November 19, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Hmm, that’s what is wrong with today’s workplace: not enough beehive hairdos.

  31. TonyM November 19, 2007 at 7:03 pm #

    Which is more scary, the hairstyles, the clothes or the old computers.

    Never mind….the scariest part is that I remember using some of the featured machines!!

  32. Stephen November 20, 2007 at 2:53 am #

    Does anyone else think those kids in picture 13 are extra creepy?

  33. pitunias November 20, 2007 at 11:03 am #

    la madre que pario a panete que ordenadores de mierda

  34. ghent November 20, 2007 at 11:35 am #

    i remember that the first joysticks were broken very fast :( need always to be repaired.

  35. Lincz November 20, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    Ezt nézd meg ! Ez lesz a karácsonyi ajándékod.

  36. Lincz November 20, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    Kb ilyen jó a géped

  37. Danilo Lopes November 20, 2007 at 5:10 pm #

    Wow!
    Those images are fantastic! They portray the old computers and also the way as the people got dressed. : -)
    An image is better than the other!
    I liked the webiste a lot!
    Congratulations to the desenvolvedor and the producer of that site!
    At so long.

  38. Bear November 20, 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    Check out my first computer, back in 1966. It had 32 K of memory in 4 x 8 k modules. Those are the cabinets you cannot see. I am working on the console, and the thing could only do one job at a time. http://barrie.fremont.ca.us/A_Computer_History/mini-1966_NCR-315_MNB.jpg

  39. racist November 21, 2007 at 12:11 am #

    do your black or blind HExtus

  40. Marcelo Negrao November 21, 2007 at 3:32 pm #

    LOL!

  41. perch November 23, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    the female “extra creepy kid” in pic #13 has a brown sideburn. wtf?

  42. jdog November 23, 2007 at 8:07 am #

    that last girl has nice stripper clear heels

  43. SANDRO November 23, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    NOSSA ADOREI. VIAJEI NO TEMPO. EHEHE EU TIVE UM CP 500. PRÉ-HISTÓRICO.
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  44. szeva1 November 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    You happy ignorant poeople… Anybody remembering URAL2 of USSR???

  45. Ron in Houston November 28, 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    Hey that picture coming out of the plotter – could that be the start of computer porn?

  46. Jay November 29, 2007 at 7:24 am #

    Wow, brings me back to the old days. My first computer was a TRS-80 model 1, 4K. I was 15 years old, I thought I was supper cool, typing in my BASIC programs from Byte magazine. I still own a TRS-80 model 1 level 1, 4K and a CoCo 2. They were really the fun days, filled with awe, wonder and expectations of the future. In the computer world, the future did not disappoint. BTW anyone have a original black TRS-80 cassette player for sale?. Email me at Shadowram@verizon.net

  47. Fabrice November 30, 2007 at 12:50 am #

    Yeah, laugh. When in 15 years there are pictures of you with your 12′ PowerBook circulating, you will do your best to keep these offline.

  48. Jay November 30, 2007 at 1:06 am #

    15 years for a PowerBook to be classic, I think not. Have you not learned anything from the past. No, it will be much sooner then that. For instance, VHS reigned for what 30 years, The DVD, what 10 years old and is on it’s way out for the HD DVD/Blue ray, How long will HD/BR last?..5 years.. Things are a changing my friend, best get with it.

    BTW, I did get the point of your post, I just chose to ignore it :)

  49. cesar weber December 16, 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    fantastics pictures.

  50. sanjuro December 17, 2007 at 10:09 am #

    Funny, it seems no one noticed picture #1 and #8 are the same.

    And yeah, the kids on pic #13 are freaky, those eyes… could there be… androids ?!

  51. flo January 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    #13 kids just creep me out man!
    who the hell would pick them for a photo shoot?!?

  52. jason c January 24, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    # 13…when cousins marry.

  53. Keith February 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    I still have many working TRS-80 Model 1,3 & 4′s(including a few very rare 4p models) as well as quite a few gray and white Color Computers.(I use the COCOs for home security system use.)
    Just because of their age doesn’t mean that these old machines have outlived their usefulness. In many way.they are still more rugged and much more reliable than modern computers.
    I even have a Model 100 portable(with the bar code reader) that I still use to keep the stores here in Eastern Kentucky honest.Scares the HELL out of most store managers.(GOOD!) You would not believe how many prices are different between what the sticker on the shelf shows and what the bar code says..It keeps the gouging bastards on their toes.

  54. kelly April 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    WOW, it’s amazing how much progress we have made with computers since the 1980′s. We have come a long way.

    I think people will be saying the same thing about us in 25 years.

  55. TheMike April 25, 2008 at 1:26 am #

    It’s all lies. The technological leap known as the computer age and all advances thereof in such a short period of human evolution have been the result of reverse engineering of crashed alien technology! Who’s your daddy!?

  56. Purple_Reign May 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    I think its brilliant what technology has accomplished in such a short period of time, the world is now ruled by computers. Penguins rule!

  57. louise June 16, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    this is very good!i wish if you add more

  58. nagesh January 1, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    fantastics pictures.

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