Računari was a magazine designed to convey the world of computers to the country formally known as Yugoslavia. The publication lasted from around 1984 until the late 1990's and managed to survive economic turmoil and actually outlasted the country itself. The title is simple enough, translating as "computers," with content to match -- the computers are doing computer things and the writing describes them doing that. But it's the covers that we're so fascinated with.
The publishers decided that a computer magazine needed spice added to them which made them, shall we say, more interesting to their audience. Nearly every cover featured a ravishingly beautiful Eastern Bloc lady doing her thing over a computer screen. We shall now delve into the archives of Računari and their amazing covers.
October 1992 brought us this beauty. Sleek and slender with all the right features in place, I mean come on it's a beautiful sight is it not? You'd love to be able to take one of those home and show it off to your parents! I mean, it even comes equipped with design studio, so how could you resist not buying one? The Microsoft C/C ++ 7.0, what a thing of beauty! I suppose the woman featured is okay as well...
Ah 1986, the days where you had to rent a small truck to transport your keyboard around with you. Why wouldn't you want to carry this keyboard around? I mean the keys are huge and the space bar is bigger than this woman's head. You'd never accidentally type the wrong letter on this work of art. I can safely assume this woman's facial expression is present because her truck has just arrived and she can now bring her keyboard on her adventures with her, "Phew," she sighs, "I can now type anywhere!"
Ah the DOS 5.0, who could forget that piece of hardware. I mean look how professional you look holding that massive laptop. You'd probably have to reinforce your legs to support the machine but you'd be the talk of the office if you owned it. This woman, who looks rather like Bjork, has got the style to match the laptop, she knows what she's doing and she has the office tech whiz look nailed. There's even a feature on Powerpoint in this issue so how could you resist adding it to the collection?
Before we continue, a quick history lesson for us all. A month after this particular issue was released, Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence and Croatia became involved in some serious turmoil between its Serbian and Croatian populations. The magazine stayed strong though.
Now we know people have unique rooms for their PC set up, but this one is rather questionable. I mean, where is the gaming chair? She's just perched on what looks like a marble surface. That will cause numbness after a while, but to each to their own. She does have a duel screen set up which is to be admired but I feel the red light is going to be distracting, unless her name is Roxanne...
June 1994, a month to remember. You have the Novell DOS 7.0 and the PC Unix, truly spoilt for choice. If you have ever seen a gameshow and the host wheels out a hot prize, this image will be immediately similar to you. You can just imagine the dialogue in your head, "If you score 50 points, you can win the new home computer system! Complete with an door that opens where you can insert floppy disks!"
Two years previous to this image being released, Bosnia and Herzegovina had become recognized as an independent country. The magazine was trundling on whilst the economic and geographic landscape was altering so drastically around them.
Where can you even start with this one? The fierce stance of the woman standing over the slumped male figure would be enough of a powerful enough message, but this computer has a HD 64180 mikroprocesori, so the picture just becomes even more striking. Perhaps the man has collapsed in sheer shock at the computers speed and capability, we shall never know.
What's evident in this picture is these computers are far too powerful for this woman to handle so she has to keep them on a leash. I mean, 50 MHz and i 486, could anyone really handle that level of power and processing ability? I highly doubt it. An exclusive feature on Microsoft Excel 4.0 and Adobe Illustrator 4.0 also lie in this copy, this needs to be on your shelf.
Now this is an odd one. Either the woman is being held hostage by the computer (how we may never know) or she is simply engaging in some light bondage play with her favorite companion. Should the police be alerted or is there a safety word that has already been made clear of between the two? Either way, we will shut the door on our way out.
Now here is the must have accessory of 1992. The Intel i 386 necklace. What? You didn't have one? Oh you were missing out. As you can see here, this is an accessory that can be worn at any time of the year or day. It can give you that professional look when you are strutting around the office or it can spice up your life in the bedroom as your partner grovels at the sheer power the processor contains.
Making it rain floppy disks all over the club right here. She has the outfit of either someone having a serious tanning session on the beach or perhaps a stripper. Either way, with all those floppy disks you better believe she has the ability to play Doom on her computer, so who is laughing now?
What this piece is about is anyone's guess really. She seems to be powering the computer with her brain, a feat which is still rather alien to this day. Clearly Yugoslavia were ahead of the game with us on this one. Either way, she seems to have a strong connection to her keyboard and computer.
The fact that this magazine survived the reshaping of an entire country is phenomenal. It is unclear if it was a success or not, but these covers are nothing short of amazing and would be a welcome addition to anyone's art collection.
What is your favorite cover? Let us know in the comments!