LGR – Strangest Computer Designs of the '70s

LGR – Strangest Computer Designs of the '70s

The 1970s. As the personal computer concept was still being defined, many of these machines appeared “strange” at the time simply because they were the first of their kind! Let’s take a look at some that stand out the most for their design and significance.

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50 Comments

  1. Okoboji on September 24, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    It looks like the majority of these computers would cause anyone to have serious neck and eye strain looking at very tiny monitors so close to the keyboard at a flat angle even after short term use.



  2. Adam Ohm on September 24, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    It’s amazing how in the 1970s and 80s computers were built in all sorts of countries… Germany, USA, UK, Canada, even Brazil.

    But now? They’re mostly made in China.



  3. Bloqk-16 on September 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    If you are wondering what that tower object is @0:56 into the video, that is a memory storage tape drive for mainframe computers. From what I recall of that era, such tapes, depending on length and data compression, could hold anywhere from 3 MB to 140 MB per reel; where those tape reels can also been seen @3:35 as those white upright objects on the right.



  4. SevenDeMagnus on September 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Some are cool looking and quite stylish like the Holborn and PET.



  5. Ravi Sriram on September 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    This was the computing technology we had back then, so there was nothing really weird about it. It should be remembered that computers have evolved over the years because of our technological advances; it’s all relative.



  6. icecafe63 on September 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    "like amiga you are perfect" 🤣💻



  7. Tricob1974 on September 24, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    @1:20 – This isn’t technology’s only try at selling massive combos of electronics all in one. The Cartrivision from 1972 housed – not just a video player device – but its own color television set *and* cabinet all in one. The price tag *and* its less-than-straightforward interface kept it from being a success. The Betamax soon dominated it, though even the Betamax was still too expensive to be considered nothing more than a "luxury item"; VHS overtook Betamax in the second half of the 1970s.



  8. goodbi99 on September 24, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I think he said 0.8MHz Which must have been something special at the time. IDK



  9. Funputers on September 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    We need a one-off Techmoan,LGR and The 8-bit Guy podcast



  10. rodeo o on September 24, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    people that was the latest technology of that day,,,,,,years from now our technology will look just as strange,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



  11. takasyu18 on September 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    素晴らしい字幕です
    It’s great subtitle



  12. Freddy Krueger on September 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    back then you did not need gym equipment to stay in shape.
    you could bench press your "laptop" computer.



  13. Clive Mattinson on September 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    70s Computers were no more "weird" than today’s Windows 10 machines! 💻😂 In fact, probably less so?



  14. Mit Yelsob on September 24, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I kind of think that it was computer games that made home computing more popular. Why would anyone buy one of those computers back then? THey didn’t do much and they didn’t have the internet.



  15. MatiasFPM on September 24, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Nice toasters. 10/10



  16. ErenCreeper on September 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Alto in italian is tall because the crt monitor i tall



  17. SeattleSoulFan on September 24, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    For the full story on Xerox PARC and the Alto, I recommend <i>Dealers of Lightning</i> by Michael Hiltzik.



  18. X Gen on September 24, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    My first pc was an Apple ][e. I remember the first time I ever heard the word "computer’ at the age of 5. In 1979 our first grade class went to a local university to check out their computers. They didn’t have monitors though, they just had paper printers for the output. They had a simple program set up for us to type in our name and the program would say hello using our names etc, probably running on something like Basic. It obviously left a permanent impression on us all, I know it did for me being obsessed with computing ever since.



  19. Jace Henderson on September 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    A whopping 2 KB of ram, here I am with 8 million times that amount. Damn we’ve came a long way.



  20. J Hill on September 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Xerox had it all, but the short sighted leadership gave it all away and many of the engineers left to start their own companies.



  21. MsAviator69 on September 24, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Нахуя без перевода выкладывать с русским названием? Гондон.



  22. Ann Onymous on September 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    00:15 is a "portable" computer, comes in at under 50 pounds
    AND NO VACUUM TUBES lol



  23. 亦賀キヤスリン on September 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I saw Compucolor in the store, but I never knew anyone who actually bought one.



  24. Иван Колосов on September 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I programmed on a computer like iasis ia-7301 in my russian university. It is also based on i8080. To be honest, it was the sovies chlone of 8080. The bright sun makes plaspa display unreadable and old buttons work very bad. But in was fun experience.



  25. Tsutomu Matsuzawa on September 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Macintosh,IBM



  26. Pendulous Testicularis on September 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Where’s the Hal 9000 series?



  27. معاً للمعرفة Togathar knowledge on September 24, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hi



  28. Thomas Mica on September 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    0:43 Com Truise LOGO



  29. Rena Kunisaki on September 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    F O R T Y T H O U S A N D D O L L A R S



  30. Jimbo 0117 on September 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    The $40K price tag for the Altos sounds ridiculous today, but that’s because we are viewing it from today’s "Personal" computing perspective. That wasn’t how computers were viewed back in the 70’s. Back then no one expected for everyone to have a computer on their desk – they were viewed as a "shared" resource. The expectation being that you would buy one of these machines for one or two dozen people to share time on. In that view the price tag per person comes down dramatically.



  31. fanfare100 on September 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    The cost of computers back then to the general public is similar to what the cost of electric cars is today to the general population. Once the early adopters with deep pockets are out of the way, the capitalist economy then decides to move to the lower and lower rungs with the lowest of rungs being last. For example, one can buy a Smart Phone from textnow.com with more computing power that PCs had even in the 1990s now at only $52 a pop. We’ve come a long ways.



  32. Patti Brooks on September 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Love how computers work !



  33. doremiotoko on September 24, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    特定の目的に特化する事を考えてデザインされているのだから、際もの扱いはやめようぜ。



  34. Daddy hermanson on September 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    you could buy 8 or more cars for $40,000 in the 70s or a house or 2 holly cow



  35. apislapis on September 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Still…we got there in the end



  36. Dragan Vujanović on September 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    #cool
    I imagine how 25. 000. $ back then was like 180. 000. $ or so in today’s money.



  37. Brian Batie on September 24, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    No Osborn?



  38. Allin7days on September 24, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Ahh, APL programming language, the proof that we’ve made a contact with aliens.



  39. Mars Hartdegen on September 24, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    10000CAD!



  40. Mark Francis1977 on September 24, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    OK, I’m drop a spanner in the works – ‘the Aquarius’! go figure folks



  41. WomenAreJust DumpstersForBabyGravy on September 24, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    That TA1000 sounds like the name of a robot from the future that wants to kill me.



  42. Martin Haub on September 24, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Great memories there, thanks! It was so much fun in the ’70s.



  43. Steven Torrey on September 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    $40,000 in 1970 would be valued at something like $266,560.21 in 2019 dollars, so a hefty piece of change in 1970.



  44. fanfare100 on September 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    At least 1970s era PCs didn’t wear bell-bottoms.



  45. PromiserOfDeath2 on September 24, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Yeah Microsoft infamously stole DOS.



  46. V Bl4nk on September 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    (Microsoft has stolen Xerox’s ideas)



  47. musikSkool on September 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    My first computers were those IBM towers in the 90’s. We rarely had anything older because they couldn’t play DOS games quite like the IBM machines.



  48. 鎮壓香港統一兩岸,剿滅一切反共逆賊 on September 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What made the computer evolution so revolutionary in the past 30 years? What made us "jump" from primary-school-students-made computer to nowadays’ beautiful PC ?



  49. Zac Dior on September 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    They appear strange because those were the years of flaired Bell bottom trousers, flowered floppy collered shirts and the colour beige 🤢



  50. Elan de Chihuahua on September 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    字幕無いのかぁ~(*‘∀‘)