Happy Birthday PC

IBM PCTwenty nine years ago today IBM released the first true Personal Computer. It was obscenely expensive and had less computing power than your cell phone but it launched one of the greatest eras of technological advancement in history.

At the time I had a TI-99 and was suffering from serious PC envy. I was finally able to scrape up enough to buy a (non-IBM) PC XT in 1985. It had an Intel 8088 processor, 64MB RAM, CGA (16 color) graphics, a 5 1/2″ floppy drive and a huge 20MB hard drive. It set me back $3000 – $6152 adjusted for inflation.

It is amazing to consider what has happened with computers over the last 29 years…


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