History of the IBM PC: 41 Years Ago — Why It Was So Important

Forty-one years ago, the IBM PC was released.

On August 12, 1981, IBM announced its first “personal computer,” though it had previously been famous for its IBM System/370 mainframe computer. I operated one of these mainframes in a raised-floor data center in the early ’80s.

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Bill Petro

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