By – Adam Ames

It is always interesting to see how far we have come in terms of technology in a relatively short amount of time.  Take a stroll down memory lane with these tech commercials from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  We hope to provide one series every weekend with various commercials along with some TV/movie spots featuring technology, gaming and electronics.  For our first offering, we have 8 TV commercials as listed below the video.

  • 1974 Magnavox Portable TV
  • 1980 Radio Shack Electronic Project Kit
  • 1981 RCA Video Disc Player
  • 1988 IBM PS/2 (w/Alan Alda)
  • 1988 Tandy 1000 TX
  • 1989 BASF 8-Hour VHS Tapes
  • 1989 Compaq
  • 1990 IBM PS/2
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  • Steven S

    Hey, that Radio Shack project kit was awesome! Especially back then when Radio Shack sold solid state components, the last time I walked into one of their stores it looked morelike a T-Mobile outlet. Oh well, guess I’ll just go watch my VHS recordings of Perfect Strangers and Moonlighting. Fourtunately I used BASF brand video cassettes, because they “last forever”!!

    And for you young folks out there, don’t laugh too hard. One of these days there will be a video like this that shows horrible outdated technology like iPhones, solid state drives and bluetooth.

    • Adam Ames

      I bought my Dad a wireless headset for his TV at Radio Shack this last Christmas. I agree, it was so different than what I remember growing up. If you needed cables, odd/wierdo batteries, you went to Radio Shack. BTW – Perfect Strangers is freakin awesome.

    • AdamAmes

      I bought my Dad a wireless headset for his TV at Radio Shack this last
      Christmas. I agree, it was so different than what I remember growing
      up. If you needed cables, odd/wierdo batteries, you went to Radio
      Shack. BTW – Perfect Strangers is freakin awesome.

  • Ben Miller

    I grew up with VHS, watch as this new thing called DVD’s starting coming out and all my favorite movies on old VHS tapes became outdated, they stopped making them. Though many of my favorite movies did have DVD replicas many do not and the last VCR that we had that did play them now no longer works. (Unless you count it eating them as working, then it works fine.) So now they sit, languishing on forgotten shelves gathering dust. Rest in Peace, may none disturb your eternal slumber.

    • AdamAmes

      To this day, my Dad still watches his collection of movies on VHS. He also uses Netflix and a networked HDD I set up, but sometimes, he goes back to 1985.

      • Ben Miller

        I wish I had something set up so I could watch all those VHS movies or at least convert them into another format, much grr in this.

      • http://www.buysomeindiegames.com/ Thomas Faust

        About ten years ago, the prices for used VHS collections dropped over here. Suddenly you could get whole series dirt-cheap if were ready to put up with the quality. I remember watching several Star Trek series, The X-Files, and Babylon 5 this way and not really spending significant amounts of money on them. Good times.

        • AdamAmes

          That is interesting. When did you finally give up on VHS?

          • http://www.buysomeindiegames.com/ Thomas Faust

            I sold or gave away most of my tapes because we moved a lot and that stuff sure is heavy! But I still have my VHS player and a small collection of tapes stuffed away in the basement.