A history of the microcomputer industry in 300 adverts


December 1986

Programming the 68000 by Metacomco

St Pauls, Bristol-based Metacomco had been quietly writing system software and compilers for the Motorola 68000 processor, and had also previously licenced its own 8086 Basic interpreter for $800,000 ...


December 1985

BBC External Services

This advert seems to represent the end of a period of retrenchment for Acorn following a difficult year which had seen it bailed out by Italian company Olivetti back in February. For most of the year ...


October 1983

New Zorba 2000 Series - Now with Full 9" Screen

This almost-comedy wannabe hack at the Osborne and Kaypro market, with its claim that cramming 80 columns on to a "massive" 9" screen is somehow a good thing, appeared in 1983 and was considered as on...


October 1983

The best software on earth comes from Psion

Psion made its name as a software company writing mainly for Sinclair's machines, starting with the ZX80 and including the one featured in this advert - the ZX Spectrum. As well as the introductory ca...


November 1985

More than a Word Processor for less than a typewriter

Retailing for only £399 - about £1,220 in 2019 and about a quarter the price of an IBM PC at the time, the P‍CW 8256 and its follow ups were highly significant and transformative in the UK market, oft...

Digital Research

November 1985

Introducing the new and improved IBM PC. From £49.50

Much has been written about how CP/M, the operating system written by Gary Kildall and his company Digital Research - originally known as Intergalactic Digital Research and founded by him and his wife...


November 1985

Victor: The power to control won't cost you the Earth

Victor had been a large American calculator seller, but was in financial trouble when Chuck Peddle, designer of the 6502 processor and once of Commodore, bailed it out so it could become the OEM manuf...


August 1984

Make it portable! Make it possible

Bondwell was the trading name of Bondwell Holdings Limited of Hong Kong and was the company that rescued the failed SpectraVideo, which had made its name (as SpectraVision) as a producer of games and ...


June 1984

The Aviator - One man's fight to save his home town

This particular advert appeared as an A2 poster inside June 1985's PCW and came from Acorn's software offshoot Acornsoft, which produced several ground-breaking games for the BBC Micro including this ...