By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 2:59 am
The personal computer revolution is roughly thirty-five years old, which means that been through seven half-decades so far. To me, the most interesting one is the first half of the 1980s–when PCs were really getting going, and hadn’t yet become commodified through compatibility. Almost every new one was an experiment, whether it was wildly successful or a flop.
I’ve assembled a gallery of patent drawings of some noteworthy machines of the era, including ones you know–and, maybe, owned–and ones I’m not sure ever even had the chance to roll off an assembly line.