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zorbazorba Senior MemberPosts: 23,659 Senior Member
edited February 2019 in Clubhouse #1
Bought this on eBay - a tin sign reproduction computer advertisement. Not only do I remember this exact ad ca 1978 or so, I actually owned - and now own another - one of the IMSAI computers in the ad. From the days of iron men and wooden computers - makes me feel old...

They're still in business, selling parts for their old systems.
Anyone else either remember this, or have a similar story to tell? Maybe an old car ad or gun ad or somesuch that has been resurrected as a "quaint curiosity" that you remember from the day?
-Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

"If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    Another ad I found on the Internet, I remember this one too (about 1980 or so):

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,828 Senior Member
    I can remember booting computers by entering the addresses and data in binary using toggle switches...  B)
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    edited February 2019 #4
    Yep - just like the above IMSAI. A lot of the early "Big Iron" was similar, although I have no personal experience with that. What computer(s) did you toggle in boot loaders for?
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,445 Senior Member
    First computer I recall using was an IBM PS-1.  Had to know exactly what DOS prompt I needed to get to my games.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    I can't find it now, but I saw an old counter top display for the Remington 788 the other day. I remember they had the same display at the Western Auto back in the mid-70's. If I touched anything today the way I did that 788 it would be considered a molestation....

    Kinda similar look......


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    And what a fine looking rifle it is! I had to look it up, 'cause I'm not an old timer when it comes to firearms - just computers and some vehicles. Looks like a fun gun, and available in quite a few calibers.
    Do/did you have one?
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    Every time we went to town for mom to grocery shop, I ran to the Western Auto to drool over the guns and this............



    They also had the same display at the Harts department store, but I had to divide my time between sporting goods and the toy department............


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    I remember those knife displays from somewhere - or something very similar anyway...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,738 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    And what a fine looking rifle it is! I had to look it up, 'cause I'm not an old timer when it comes to firearms - just computers and some vehicles. Looks like a fun gun, and available in quite a few calibers.
    Do/did you have one?

    They're great rifles.  I've owned several in .223 and .308.  I now have one in .308 and one in .222.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    Apparently I'm not the only person reminiscing about the old Western knife & hatchet.....


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    edited February 2019 #12
    zorba said:
    And what a fine looking rifle it is! I had to look it up, 'cause I'm not an old timer when it comes to firearms - just computers and some vehicles. Looks like a fun gun, and available in quite a few calibers.
    Do/did you have one?
    No. Came close a couple times. Even used they cost more than I remember new. Their accuracy was kind of legendary...
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:

    No. Came close a couple times. Even used they cost more than I remember new. Their accuracy was kind of legendary...
    Not too late!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Not too late!


    Nah. If I were going for a a nostalgia gun it would be a Remington 541T.........


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    I grew up about a mile from this place.
    http://www.frentzandsons.com

    I can close my eyes and see where anything in that hardware store is including where they cut window glass to size.

    When I was real small, the place next door on Main St was an AMC dealer. I didn't know one car from the next but it was an indoor show room with plate glass windows. I'll never forget it.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,738 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:
    zorba said:
    Not too late!


    Nah. If I were going for a a nostalgia gun it would be a Remington 541T.........


    I've got a 541 Custom.  Fine shooter and good looking.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    edited February 2019 #17
    I grew up about a mile from this place.
    http://www.frentzandsons.com

    I can close my eyes and see where anything in that hardware store is including where they cut window glass to size.

    We got one of those kind of places near me. Been there since the 40s, I think. Don't even think of trying to find anything in the warren of 3 adjacent 2 story buildings - just show or tell one of the guys what you need, and follow him to it. A "real" hardware store, if they haven't got it, it probably doesn't exist. It might be 50 years old, but its there - somewhere!
    I accidentally came home with some 1/2" all-thread rod one time. So, what's so special about that? It was left hand threaded! I went back and told them that I either needed conventional RH rod, *or* I could use this if they had LH nylocks. They had the LH nylocks, so asked me which I preferred. I said that I didn't really care, their choice. They exchanged me for RH rod to my mild surprise.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    edited February 2019 #18
    We had the Twin City Hardware Store..... They had a wall of hand made wooden cubby's and drawers 10' high with the ladder on a track. The guy that ran the place knew what was in every single one of them....



    It's now a second hand store
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    Down the road the opposite direction was a Mobile 1 service station. Big flying red horse sign, oil can pyramid in the window, lift bay, rubber trigger lines that rang the bell when rolled over. Mechanics used to fix the flats on our bikes if they weren't too busy.

    Every diner in town had a cigarette machine. Rexall drug had a vacuum tube tester. If you were cool you had Converse All-star hightops (white). The only ice cream truck sold Good Humor brand and the driver was in uniform.

    I didn't even know what a computer was in 1978. I thought the tinted lenses in my prescription eye glasses were high tech.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    I got a Commodore Vic 20 for Christmas circa 80-81.... I spent 2 days typing in lines of code to make a simple tank game. Played that for 15 minutes, got bored and turned it off.

    Only time I used it after that was to play Donkey Kong and Gorf........... ''Long live Gorf!""
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    I bought a Vic=20 about the same time as you, JBP; just to see what you got in a computer that was less than $100 - kinda the same reason I bought a Hi-Point, to be honest. But regardless, the Vic was an interesting machine. Lots of neat stuff you could do with it.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    It was to teach basic computing. What it taught me was that computing was boring......
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:
    It was to teach basic computing. What it taught me was that computing was boring......
    It sure is now. Computers used to be fun, then IBM came along and ruined things for everybody with a rather bad design that ended up ruling the world.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,914 Senior Member
    Old computers? In 1985 I jumped in with both feet. The Army was using a Honeywell Level VI system mounted in  40ft van to run ship manifests movement documents and customs paperwork.  Data was received via mag tape and run through a CPU with 6 meg of memory and processed on removable platters that held data.  If nothing errored out and printer didnt jam up it could process a large ship in about 3 hours.  Then to really become mobile we went to Z-248 desk top computers so that we didnt need a tractor to move the computer.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,825 Senior Member
    This is the computer I grew up with!! Still worked when the power went out!! :)


    Image result for pencil
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,120 Senior Member
    I got to play with "Trash-80's" (TRS-80) in high school computer class.  The first computer I bought right after I got married in '92 was a Tandy 1000.  Upgraded to a Packard Bell 386.  I actually still have that one in a closet somewhere.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,035 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    This is the computer I grew up with!! Still worked when the power went out!! :)


    Image result for pencil
    Funny... Yesterday I was talking to one of our highly degreed project managers, and the topic turned toward how much things had changed over the years. He recalled 286 computers. I recalled electric pencil sharpeners.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    I did try to get a leg up in my senior year of HS. I took typing and basic computer. Although I passed both, it reaffirmed my opinion that computing was very boring. 

    Now being on the internet Al Gore invented is fine. Typing in line after line of code ZZzzz..........
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,188 Senior Member

    Two observations recently serve to "twist the knife" for me:  (1) At NSA Hq here in MD, they have a museum of past technologies.  Outside the museum bldg. is, among other things, an "A" model C-130 with dayglo orange markings called a "Sneaky Pete," crammed full of electronic monitoring gear.  Yep, you guessed it:  used to be based where I was stationed, in France.  IOW, aircraft which were cutting edge technology and highly classified when I was in the service are now museum pieces, displayed almost for comic relief!  (2)  Saw a new Weatherby rifle catalogue the other day, and noticed that they no longer offer custom rifles quite like my Super grade pride and joy.  IOW, even Weatherby no longer makes the kind of Weatherby rifles I prefer, presumably because the market for them has, um, died out.  Very sobering realizations indeed.  Everything's carbon fiber this and camouflage that.


    Sigh...…………………..



    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,659 Senior Member
    Vic - I feel your pain!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,148 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:
    I got a Commodore Vic 20 for Christmas circa 80-81.... I spent 2 days typing in lines of code to make a simple tank game. Played that for 15 minutes, got bored and turned it off.

    Only time I used it after that was to play Donkey Kong and Gorf........... ''Long live Gorf!""
    I had a couple of those code books and used to copy the Basic code into my C64 much like you did with the Vic 20.  It took a helluva lot of dedication to get even one game working properly (troubleshooting syntax erros, etc.), but I had little more to do over weekends back in the early 80's, so...
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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