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Throwback Thursday: Vintage Tech T-Shirts
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Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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6/5/2014 | 12:50:30 PM
About those spots...
Oops. A couple of spots from my last house painting job visible at the bottom of that T-shirt. I of course treasure it and will have to get it to the cleaners soon in hopes of taking them out. Such carelessness and neglect with a museum piece.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/5/2014 | 1:09:36 PM
Re: About those spots...
Charlie, don't worry. A little paint would not throw Linus. He is all about practicality.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/5/2014 | 3:40:22 PM
Re: About those spots...
My oldest t-shirt dates back to 1985 but alas it's not IT-related.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/5/2014 | 4:33:44 PM
Re: About those spots...
@Thomas- I have an old U2 t-shirt from the 90's that I keep despite the fact that it has no arm pits anymore. It just tore on both sides after years of use. As for old IT shirts, I haven't keep any earlier than 2008. I guess I failed to realize how useful it would have been to comment on this article. Now I'm going to keep everything in case 20 yeaqrs from now we do a "pens from IT conferences" article. :)
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/5/2014 | 4:35:41 PM
Re: About those spots...
Hold on to those pens. In a few decades, they'll be exotic artifacts of an era when people wrote things on paper.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/5/2014 | 4:36:47 PM
Re: About those spots...
Ha! I guess I should keep all the branded post-it note pads too, so I can shpow people what you did with them. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/8/2014 | 2:22:04 PM
Re: About those spots...
These are some of the cheesiest shirts I have ever seen. It goes to show how non-timeless technology can really be. FlexOS? I have no idea what the point of that operating system would be. 

As part of a marketing strategy, it might be smart not to make shirts. They surely will not pay off over the long-term. 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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6/6/2014 | 2:35:22 PM
The dot-Comference
Back when Oracle was trying to prove itself web-savvy, it gave us the dot-Comference.

dot-conference
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ANON1243265637224,
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6/8/2014 | 8:06:16 PM
MSN Network Beta Tester
This shirt dates from about 1995 when show attendees were invited to beta test the new MSN network.



I particularly like the way we were asked to eradicate bugs.

MSN Network Bug Eradication
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/9/2014 | 4:43:21 PM
Re: MSN Network Beta Tester
I like both of those. It's interesting, but it seems to me that IT t-shirt design has gotten very text-heavy in the last few years. I think I've got pretty close to the entire collection of Splunk shirts -- I still love rotating through those when I need to wear a black tee for two weeks straight...
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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6/25/2014 | 6:26:15 AM
Re: About those spots...
Free company t-shirts have always been cute and the best thing about them is that you can wear them to work once you have lacked an outfit to wear. They have always served as good casual t- shirts to wear especially on the weekends. I love how they are usually so different from the norm. I believe the best way to advertise a company is through the company t-shirts. Its free advertising as once you walk around people are always curious to read what is on your t-shirt.


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