Z. Madison

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8.11.2006

Happy Birthday, PC!

Back when Z was still figuring out that whole potty training challenge, IBM and that 26 year old Gates kid at Microsoft debuted an odd little machine that would eventually take over her life.

That's right, dear readers, the PC turns 25 today!

According to an interesting story at Cnn, "Several popular home computers existed before the 1981 IBM PC launch. But the regimented business world considered Apple, Commodore, and Radio Shack's Tandy products 'toys.'"

PS - Click here to see Gates back in '81. Not that you'd need me to point it out for you, but Bill's the one on the left.

8 Comments:

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

they were almost as ugly as they are today. Why don't hipsters wear Commodore 64 T-shirts?? Do I have to make one for god's sake?

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Z. Madison said...

slinks, if you made commadore 64 shirts (i was obsessed with those machines back in the day...where else could you play where in the world is carmen santiago and oklahoma trail?) i'd shop them around to the brooklyn and LES boutiques personally! :)

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

wasn't it "The Oregon Trail"?? maybe you guys in the Hamptons got the ghetto version...

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Z. Madison said...

slinks, you are correct. Z gets her O states mixed up...clearly i was not a geography major.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

the best was killing the buffalo then having family members die from eating tainted meat bc you didn't have antiseptic.

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

this post showed up as your latest post for me all day. which is why i was commenting on it continuously. oh well.

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Nim said...

I'd buy a Commodore 64 shirt! I first played Carmen Sandiego on Mac; wait now maybe it was an Apple II e.

I think people in their 30s are really lucky to have been around for the birth of home computing. I feel a tad sorry for kids of today for which everything is so easy and computers are taken for granted...

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Z. Madison said...

nim...agreed. bur my school's "cool" floppies only came for the commodore 64s.

 

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