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  1. Stephen says: November 13, 20097:00 am

    I miss Byte so much! When it was eventually taken over I was promised a replacement subscription to another magazine, but it never appeared. It was by far the best computer magazine I’ve ever read.

  2. Casandro says: November 13, 200910:47 am

    Actually one german magazine used to have something called the “Paperdisk”. It was a printed pattern you could scan and get software out of it. I think it was MC.

  3. Casandro says: November 13, 200910:48 am

    Ohh the dates on the ‘releated posts’ are wrong.

  4. rick says: November 13, 20093:14 pm

    All the excited prose about personal computers in the ad, then the monitor showing columns of text and figures . . . makes me want to rush right out and drop about 5 Gs on one of those machines. Ah, the good old days of MS DOS!


  5. katey says: November 13, 200910:46 pm

    What is going on in that magazine cover? A champagne coupe, a string of pearls, and some kind of proto-cellphone?

  6. Mark says: November 14, 20099:41 am

    “I miss Byte so much! When it was eventually taken over I was promised a replacement subscription to another magazine, but it never appeared.”

    I was subscribing at the time also. They finished out my subscription with PC Magazine.

  7. JMyint says: November 14, 20091:15 pm

    I think that’s CP/M not DOS. Development of MS-DOS didn’t begin begin until 1981 after Microsoft bought the exclusive rights to Q-DOS. My college computer class had all brand new Heath H89’s running CP/M and the picture in the ad reminds me of those Heath computers.

  8. GaryM says: November 14, 20095:21 pm

    That definitely couldn’t have been MS-DOS. Look carefully at the screen and you’ll see the dates are in 1979. And the drive is an 8″ floppy — you could almost fit a standard magazine page into it, though it probably wouldn’t work after that.

  9. Toronto says: November 15, 20091:44 am

    I especially like the wood grain on the 8″ floppy drive. Odds are it was “pecan.”

  10. Casandro says: November 15, 20092:15 am

    It’s CP/M of course. The standard OS for such small systems.

  11. John Savard says: November 15, 20091:35 pm

    It was the January 1980 issue of BYTE. The computer was announcing “Madam: Dinner is Served”.

    In front of the computer was a champagne glass, a string of pearls, white gloves, and what appears to be a remote control unit rather than a cellphone.

    The theme of the cover was “Domesticated Computers”.

    The computer on the cover vaguely resembles a Radio Shack Model II, but is clearly different.

    The computer in the ad indeed looks like a Heathkit H89, but its disk drive was different from the one into which the magazine is being placed.

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