We’ve come a long way, baby

08/12/08 :: by Patrick

On this date in 1981, the IBM Personal Computer Model 5150 was unveiled to the world. The CPU was a Intel 8088 clocked at a whopping 4.77 MHz coupled with the bowel-shaking memory of 16 kB - 640 kB. Yes friends, a new era of personal computing had dawned.

Since I was only 7 months old at the time, I don’t remember laying eyes on the Orwellian looking machine for the first time, but I do remember playing Oregon Trail on its successors in grade school. Who could forget shoving 5 1/4 inch diskettes into the tower while fending off bouts of dysentery, angry Indians and grazing buffalo? I sure can’t.

One Response to “We’ve come a long way, baby”

  1. Michael Says:

    I remember Oregon Trail well… spent many hours in elementary school “fixing the computer” and yet somehow I always died of dysentery.

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