12 "Dead Technology" Advertisements

Ah, remember Compuserve? This 1983 ad says "You'll use Compuserve's Electronic Mail System (we call it Emailâ„¢) to compose, edit, and send letters to friends or business associates." You also paid by the minute, PLUS long distance phone charges. This is part of a collection of ads for obsolete technology that we thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread ...at the time. Link -Thanks Kiltak!

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Actually pagers are still in high use. Many Technology support personnel still use them rather than cell phones because we rotate on-call coverage and just 'pass the pager'.
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I loved my minidisc player! At the time I bought it, it was a good alternative to the then expensive and small capacity flash memory based players. You could fit heaps on those disks.
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I have to agree with BearCreekMan. Compuserve took us two years to finally get rid of, though in the UK it was only a local call. I used to love it though.

I also remember my Dad bringing home our first VCR. A betamax. Walking down to the video store and having a much smaller choice of tapes to choose from. I remember watching The Golden Child and Coming to America on it one afternoon. Good times.

I'm fascinated by the design in a lot of these ads, with their Bold, roman headlines and white backgrounds and accompanying shots of the product. So many of them sucked but you did at least know what you were buying.
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