How to compare a notebook to a dead fish

Compaq portable commercial By Revia Romberg

Most of us are all too familiar with the funny and somewhat obnoxious PC-vs.-Apple commercials. But back in the 1980s, Compaq took a more indirect but just as humorous swipe at the competition — IBM. Starring the famous and hilarious John Cleese, Compaq’s new portable computer is put up against a … 22-pound fish!

We’re not sure which is funnier, Cleese’s enthusiastic sales pitch or the stats for this 22-pound, state-of-the-art computing suitcase with a whopping 4.1MB of memory — that’s right, megabytes, not gigabytes. Who’s the stinkin’ fish now? Play the video

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