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Throwback Thursday: Vintage Tech T-Shirts

No techie's wardrobe is complete without free t-shirts. Show us your old, weird, and funny tech t-shirts.
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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
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
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. 
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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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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...
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