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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DEC 'personal mainframe' ad date: November 9, 1981

The issue's top stories

Ethernet Scores High At Transamerica Corp.

LOS ANGELES -- The initial results from the first commercial Ethernet beta test site are positive, according to Transamerica Corp., which flipped the switch on the Xerox Corp. baseband local-area network at its building here March 4.

Installation Goes Easily, First 3081 Users Report

IBM's 3081 processors are easy to install and problems can be diagnosed quickly, some first users of the top-of-the-line CPUs have reported. One user said the processor operates slightly better than IBM's announced performance claims; two others said their processors were too new to evaluate performance.

IBM to Replace TNF-Bearing Units

IBM is removing the controversial, mutagenic and possibly carcinogenic trinitrofluorenone (TNF)-bearing photoconductors from the 3800 laser printer, 3896 tape-to-document converter, Copier and Copier II.

DOD Draws Fire for Failing to Cope with DP Problems

The Department of Defense is apparently unable or unwilling to resolve the information resources management problems besetting its military command and control DP systems -- systems that are "essential elements of U.S. national security," according to congressional investigators.

7. What 'mobile' used to mean

Digi-Log - CRT ad Digi-Log

Portable computing

Well before the era of handhelds or even laptops came "briefcase portability." This system features interactive CRT terminal, control unit, keyboard, acoustic coupler and 5-in. video monitor.

Click through to the next page to see when "portable" meant "able to be lugged around in a briefcase."

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