Isaac Asimov in 1982, Scarfman, and the Exatron Stringy Floppy

More OG (Original Geek) stuff today. I love this Radio Shack advertisement for the TRS-80 Pocket Computer with Isaac Asimov from 1982 (click for a larger version):

Isaac Asimov TRS-80

How about these Arcade clones Defense Command (Missile Defense), Scarfman (Pac-Man), Super Nova (Asteroids), Cosmic FIghter (Galaxians) for the TRS-80 sold on cassette tape for $20.00. I had all these games when I was kid. I think my dad pirated them for me.  I doubt he ever spent $20.00 on a game (click for a larger version):


Here is the Exatron Stringy Floppy alternative to cassette and disk storage. This was available for the TRS-80, Apple, and the PET. I never had one, but I dreamed of having something 15 times as fast as cassette (click for a larger version):


4 thoughts on “Isaac Asimov in 1982, Scarfman, and the Exatron Stringy Floppy”

  1. I don’t know which says more about our society: the Asmiov ad for the pocket computer, or the one beneath the post that offers $100,000 daily payouts for playing video games. (Just in case you see a different ad, here is the one I saw: )

  2. That’s a nice one Steve!

    I find it amazing how technology advances and at the same time we’re waiting around like hungry ghosts to get better gear…

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