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Flashback Friday: Christmas Shopping 1987 – Computer, Game and Gadget Gift Guide

by Sean P. Aune | December 10, 2010December 10, 2010 4:00 pm PST

After last week’s 1983 video of these guys suggesting gifts for “hackers”, I just had to find another one from them.

We jump forward to 1987 this year with more suggestions from them of what to pick up for Christmas, and while some of their suggestions are interesting, it is also a great look back at what was “cutting edge” in consumer technology at that time.  The first “portable” computer they whip out is enough to make you go, “Wow…”.

scanmanThe moment of nostalgia for me was the handheld scanner that they drag over The Far Side cartoon.  My first scanner was a handheld Logitech unit that you had to drag at a certain speed, and there was a light that would show green if you were going at the right speed, and red if you were going too fast.  I remember purchasing it because I was spending so much time on CompuServe and a bunch of us wanted to trade pictures to see what everyone looked like, but none of us had scanners yet, so we all ran out and bought one.  Looking back … yeah, it was kind of sad of us.

What really kills me about this video is how they just throw out prices and wave them off like they aren’t so bad.  $400 for this, $300 for that and all of them followed up by, “Oh, that’s not bad.”  I’m sorry, but what world were you living in?  Considering inflation, those prices would be around double in today’s dollars, so apparently these guys were made of money.

As I said last week I am sure people will someday look back at technology of today and think “how quaint”, but since this is present day, it’s our turn to laugh at the past.

What are some of your favorite earliest tech memories?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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