10 fun tech ads through the years

80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000! And other ads from our archives

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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.

It was too much fun not to share. So after one of the best meetings ever, we bring you 10 of our favorite, most entertaining IT ads from Computerworld throughout the years.

1. Such a deal

System Industries - disk systems ad System Industries

Company: System Industries

You could purchase this 80MB disk system for less than $12k -- and even better, 300MB for under $20k!

Not very irresistible today, but apparently a bargain back when this was published. So good, in fact, that prices were valid only for resellers buying at least 40 systems.

Any idea when that was published? (Answer on the next page).

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