Compaqs supposedly portable computer - Photos: Computer fashions (it was acceptable in the 80s)

Photos: Computer fashions (it was acceptable in the 80s)

Compaqs supposedly portable computer

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Compaqs supposedly portable computer Source: Computer Weekly archive

Compaqs supposedly portable computer

Launched in 1986, Compaq anticipated the trend to mobile computing with its Portable series. Inexplicably, the company chose John Cleese's brother-in-law - the chap in the scarf - to endorse it.

 

While trawling through the dustier recesses of the Computer Weekly archive, some stock shots of technology from the 1980s came to light, demonstrating just how much data processing - to say nothing of haircuts, fashion and gender relations - has changed over just two decades.

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