Stone Age Computers


imac
Things weren't always like this
Maybe you've got an iMac. Maybe you've got a Dell running Windows 7.

Whatever kind of machine you've got, you might take a moment to remember that computers weren't always this sweet.

The mesmerizing microchip marvel you're using to read this blog post stands on the evolutionary shoulders of generations that came before.

A brief overview of the fossil record...

Texas Instruments
There was a time when Bill Cosby was the spokesperson for nearly every product on the market. Here, he explains why the 16K Texas Instruments computer is the one.




Before dancing with wolves, Kevin Costner helped sell Macs...
Hey, is that an Apple Lisa?




Commodore 64
Believe it or not, back in the day, the Commodore 64 was the big dog of the PC pound.

With total lifetime sales of 17 million units, in the mid-1980s, this computer outsold Apple, IBM PC and Atari.




The Kaypro -- the Complete Computer for $1295
If you ever saw a Kaypro you know that referring to it as complete was a stretch. The screen was so tiny you had to scroll vertically just to see a whole page.

It was no lightweight, though. This puppy weighed 29 pounds!




ComputerLand
And where would you have bought a computer back in the stoneage?

At ComputerLand, of course. This retailer booted up in 1976 and boasted some 800 outlets by the mid-1980s. Of course, all things must pass. ComputerLand didn't last long enough to have to worry about Y2K. It shut down in 1999.

Is there a demo they missed in this commercial?