Retro Tech – 1980s Business Computing
I have soft spot for 1980s computer tech. Maybe it’s because I grew up during the start of the personal computer revolution and was heavily invested in it at an early age. Maybe it’s because I’m nostalgic and I feel sad for all those early generation beasties, languishing in land fills today. Maybe it’s because I’ve never gotten past my love of the old keyboard clickety-clack sounds, which were so much better than the mushy keyboards of today. Regardless of the why, I like the aesthetic, so here are some fine examples. Click an image for a larger version.
While there is a computer featured prominently on the desk, the lady above actually appears to be using a Telex. During Summers spent at my dad’s office, I used his Telex machine to create primitive Ascii art of the Starship Enterprise.
The guy above is monitoring power utilities using the Monolithicom 3.0. At Monolithicom, the motto was, “Only a personal computer the size of a mighty oak can give you the computational power to program in Fortran.”