The IBM PC celebrates its 30th Birthday.

Today, the August 12 marks the 30th anniversary of the IBM Personal Computer. The IBM 5150 was IBM’s first ‘PC’.

The first PC had the following specifications :-

  • 4.77Mhz Intel 8088 CPU with optional 8087 math coprocessor
  • 16KB,256KB or 640KB RAM
  • CGA Video
  • One or two 160kb 5.25” floppy drives
  • Optional hard drive

When the machine was first released, it could run the following operating systems :- PC-DOS, CPM-86, but also the UCSD D-PASCAL system.

Could you use one of these PCs today to perform that same daily tasks you would do on a modern PC or Mac? Someone has given it a go. Have a read of Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?

Sadly, I don’t own one of these in my collection. The earliest PC I owned was a clone 286 PC. I then had a 386, 486, Pentium etc.

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