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'It only weighs 50lbs!' Hilarious 1970s advert for IBM's first 'portable' computer

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Weighing 50lb (23kg), and slightly larger than a typewriter, this computer isn't exactly what you would describe as lightweight.

But the IBM Model 5100, released in 1977, was marketed as one of the world's first 'portable' computers.

A hilarious video advertising the device shows how far technology has come in the past 40 years. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4040282/Watch-IBM-s-hilarious-advert-1977-showing-portable-computer-weighed-50lbs.html




"Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
"If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer

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  • "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer

  • "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    edited December 2016
    The thing about those 50 pound computers, however, is that they'd last forever. You could turn one on today and it would work just as well as it did then. They had a nice, solid feel to them with generous buttons and switches and were far less complicated to use - and no "updates" every ten seconds.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Interestingly, and unless I'm mistaken, this is also the computer John Titor was travelling back for to solve a problem in his own time line.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • your right, has anyone notice how anything new these day.. dies or falls apart after 5 years?
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • If it didn't we'd all be a lot wealthier and the economy would have run out of steam long ago.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • your right, has anyone notice how anything new these day.. dies or falls apart after 5 years?
    They do this because their target market is typically those people who willingly replace everything every few years to show off their purchases to their peers (which is most people nowadays).  Why use expensive long-lasting components when most of their customers are just going to replace what they buy in 18 months?

    There is not a single consumer electronic out there that is marketed at people who buy something to last a decade or two.  Such people, like my parents, are mostly irrelevant, and will be forced to buy a new product after a few years no matter what (so no big loss there if some are disgruntled).

    I think the only products that are built to last are those that can't be easily replaced, such as large machinery for industrial use.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • your right, has anyone notice how anything new these day.. dies or falls apart after 5 years?


    It's called "planned obsolescence".


    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

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