Monday, January 28, 2008

Micro-T (Modern Retro Cell Phone)

If you like vintage technology, but don't want to give up all the inconveniences of modern cell phone(such as SMS, web browsing, and more). The Micro-T is modeled after an older Motorola 3200/3300 brick cell phones with a lot of modern bells and whistles.

RETROBRICK is offering the: "Micro-T phone which is identical to the Motorola 3200 and 3300 but has the advantage of using the latest brand new modern circuitry. So essentially this is a retro phone which can be used everyday with all the features of a modern phone."

Software:Altair 32 Emulator

Have you ever wanted to play with your Altair 8800 computer? Now you can virtually play with or program Altair 8800 using this software emulator for Windows.

Intellivision Ad: BurgerTime

1983 Commercial for BurgerTime on the Intellivision video game system.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Apple Switch Ad (Ellen Feiss)

This ad was part of Apple's 2002 'Switch' campaign that got a great deal of attention because the actress Ellen Feiss appeared to be stoned. She eventually revealed that she was tired and taking Benadryl. She still became an Internet phenomena for a little while.

Apple's 1984 Commercial

This commercial is a master piece in my mind, it's one of the best I have ever seen.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Wonderful World of Early Computing

Neatorama reports: "The history of computing spans thousands of years - from the primitive notched bones found in Africa, to the invention of abacus in 2400 BC, to Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine in 1883, to the rise of the popularity of Personal Computers (PCs) in the 1970s. For the most part, this timeline is marked by devices that bear little or no resemblance to present-day machines both in form and capabilities."

If you would like to learn about some of the earliest computing machines check out this article.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Magnavox Odyssey TV Commercial (February 1973)

A commercial from The Carol Burnett Show aired 2/10/73 for the the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console system.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Macintosh Marketing Story: Fact and Fiction, 20 Years Later

It was the autumn of 1983. Business Week magazine had an IBM personal computer on its cover, with the ominous words, And the winner is...IBM. Apple Computer was in a world of hurt. The Apple II had lost its competitive edge. The Apple III was a sales disappointment and the Lisa, introduced in January 1983, was a financial failure. Great expectations were being placed on the Macintosh, scheduled to launch on January 24, 1984. Yet there was skepticism both in and outside the company. There was no hard disk support. The screen was too small and it wasn't in color. There was limited software. The engineers knew it. The software guys knew it. And Steve Jobs knew it. The challenge for the Mac Marketing Team was simple: They had to establish and hold a beachhead. Or else they and the product would die. The introduction of the Macintosh computer launched a comprehensive and integrated approach to high-tech marketing. Much of what was highly innovative in 1984 is now standard fare for all product introductions. Join us as six key members of the Macintosh launch team tell the inside stories behind one of the most insanely great product launches of all times.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

We Are Apple (Leading The Way)

This was a corporate song that was used during the Macintosh rollout in January, 1984. It was played in Manhattan, before Steve Jobs took the stage to introduce the Macintosh and the new line of Lisa computer systems.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Featured Vintage Collector's Video

Peek and Poke retro computer club/museum on Croatian national television. The video is not in English, but the collection is pretty impressive.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

10 Incredible Old Computer Ads

Just like the title say, there are 10 really old computer ads. I found the first ad to be most interesting, but not to discount the other ads. It was from a company called System Industries, offering 80MB for $12K, and 300MB for $20K.

Side note: I did work for System Industries before they went out business in the early 90s.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Rarest and Most Valuable N64 Games reports: "Do you have a bunch of old game sitting in your closet that you’d like to trade in for a stack of cash? Or are you on the hunt for the most desirable games for your collection? In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, This new series will round up the rarest and most valuable games for a given console or handheld so you’ll know what to look for whether you are buying or selling."

Make money off your old games if you have them...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Featured Vintage Collector's Video

Vintage Apple Computers

The 50 Greatest Arcade Cabinets In Video Game History! reports: "Seeing classic arcade game machines lined up next to each other is an easy way to have a wave of nostalgia smack you in the face harder than a hurled barrel compliments of Donkey Kong himself. It brings you back to a time when games were simple, fun, and fairly cheap to play for the most part. Whether it was laughing at how all the enemies bullets traveled 75% slower than your own or enjoying the cheesy digitized voices, there's no denying the classic games had something special."

I remember playing some of these machines when I was a kid. Although, some of them I have never seen before.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Images: 10 most important games of all time

CNET reports: "Video games, like movies, are worth preserving and studying as cultural artifacts. So says Henry Lowood, curator of the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University, who together with game designers Warren Spector and Steve Meretzky; academic researcher Matteo Bittanti; and game journalist Christopher Grant came up with a list of the 10 most important video games of all time. Lowood presented the list at the Game Developers Conference in early March."

Interesting trip down the video game memory lane.