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Twenty-five years of the IBM PC 

It’s not much of a branding story, since it became so , but it certainly is significant in the world: today is the 25th anniversary of the (courtesy Tom Peters’ wire blog). August 12, 1981 was when International Business Machines first launched the PC, not expecting it to be a core part of its business.
   Back then, I was impressed with the and my Radofin TV game console. At that age, I wasn’t aware of and the significance of .
   With 16 kbytes of memory, you couldn’t do much with it. No cool games. Just boring spreadsheets and business applications. Now, who would use those?

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Jack, I must say I saw a picture of this pc and I feel really old now, I feel like I just walked into a time machine. I still remember using one of these back in Marine Corp days.  
I know how you feel. I won the IBM PC Computer Handbook as a prize in 1985, and back then the PC movement was really taking off. I still thought it was crappy because of the lack of games—shows where my priorities were in the 1980s.  
I remember one of these arriving at work, only for accounts or maybe word processing when free.

At the time I was doing artwork paste up (literally) for brochures with photo-set type, bullgum and a blade...

It wasn't that long ago, was it?  
I was reminiscing at our printer yesterday about how I would have to liaise with seven different parties on a magazine’s production—film house, bromide house, typesetter, client, printer, designers, proofreaders … Did I miss anyone?
   You are right—I was still doing some of this stuff as late as 1992 on some jobs.  
I still remember driving across town, in evening peak traffic, to get a missing "t" from the typesetters to finish a job after finding a typo.
Was nearly an hour to get 1 "t"!  
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