Sunday, December 20, 2009

Much Ado About the CARDBOARD

There were lots of cartridge-switching devices marketed for pre-disc consoles, but Cardco, Inc. takes the prize for the most technically-detailed marketing, with this full-page ad devoted primarily to a single product for the Commodore 64.

Unfortunately, the many technical features detailed in the ad copy are easy to overlook when the product is named the CARDBOARD/5.

It featured high quality glass/epoxy circuit board, gold plated contacts, convenient toggle switches, and a full plastic enclosure.  And its blinking LEDs were probably great for lending that sought-after 1960's Star Trek quality to the computer desk.  And no doubt it was useful, especially with those override switches and convenient reset button.

But CARDBOARD, even CARDBOARD/5, just sounds cheap.

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