Next week, a new podcast. (I hope!) In the meanwhile, here's something visual...
Before the Commodore 64 made its indelible mark on the 8-bit computer gaming scene, William Shatner was hired to push its predecessor, the Commodore VIC-20:
Note that while Shatner's presence did not bring with it any rights to the Star Trek property, the ad still does its best to imply a connection, including "beaming down" Shatner to the TV and a kid to the VIC-20 keyboard, using cheap 1980's video effects. Note also that while the ad begins by talking up the machine's keyboard and "Wonder Computer" capabilities, most of the displays shown are games -- we see a slot machine and Space Invaders, and the ad ends by promoting the upcoming home versions of Bally-Midway's GORF and Omega Race.
The only productivity application shown appears to be a random graph that resembles a... random graph displaying numerical percentages and 2-character codes. Maybe it's a spectrographic analysis of chemical elements. I can't quite make out the text on freeze-frame, but whatever this kid is analyzing appears to have a lot of gold (AU) and chlorine (CL) in it. Maybe it's William Shatner himself!
Oh, wait, it's even more amazing! The numbers shown add up to more than 100%! It must be analyzing William Shatner... OF THE FUTURE!