IBM PC Oddities

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A Living Room Computer?

As we’ve learned, IBM initially envisioned the 5150 as a possible TV-based living room computer — a vision which resulted in this rare and interesting publicity photo. After the market voted with its dollars (almost all PCs sold with a disk drive and a monitor), the PC’s image shifted firmly to business territory. Seeing this, IBM designed the IBM PCjr (1984).

We’ll save that tale for another time. Happy Birthday, IBM PC!

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Stilgar Says:

    What about IBM's word processing software, Display Write 1.0? It's hard to find any good information on this product on the internet. I even remember the name of the executable "dw1" 🙂

  2. Zomg Says:

    What's bizzare and dystopian about teaching people to read? I say it's utopian. Now if they subliminally taught them to only buy IBM or become chimp plant lackeys… that would be dystopian.

  3. Pheasant Under Glass Says:

    I think the author was just showing how limited his/her vocabulary is. …ah, if only they had access to one of those evil IBM enslavement machines during their youth.