Vintage tech: HP ThinkJet

The birth of commercial inkjet printing can be traced all the way back to 1984, when thermal inkjet technology developed at HP was introduced in a high-quality, low-price personal printer known as the ThinkJet.

Vintage tech: CD-ROM

The CD-ROM (compact disc, read-only-memory) is an adaptation of the CD that is designed to store computer data in the form of text and graphics, as well as hi-fi stereo sound.

Vintage tech: CRT monitors

This month’s vintage tech features the first computer monitors used cathode ray tubes (CRTs). Prior to the advent of home computers in the late 1970s, it was common for a video display terminal (VDT) using a CRT to be physically integrated with a keyboard and other components of the system in a single large chassis.

Vintage tech: TI-99

Released in June 1981 in the United States, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A was an updated version of their unpopular TI-99/4 released two years prior.

Vintage tech: Xerox NoteTaker

Developed by Xerox in 1978, the NoteTaker was arguably the first portable computer. The unit did not actually make it to commercial production. Only 10 prototypes were built. Still, the design and programming affected the design of the portable computers in the years to follow.

IBM System/360

Launched in 1964, IBM’s System/360 Mainframe computer transformed the company’s fortunes and hailed a new era of processing power.


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