Stories tagged 1981

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1). Also,the first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, was launched April 12, 1981.

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IBM PC: source;  Wikipedia Commons
IBM PC: source; Wikipedia Commons

The first IBM PC was $1265

I remember watching with envy as an evolving crop of computers were offered for sale. In 1965, using a kit, I wired together some flip-flop relays into a computing machine that could hold its own playing tic-tac-toe. The Osborn I was really cool because it was "portable" (23.5lbs) but $1795 was out of my reach.

The history of computing hardware starting in the 1960s begins with the development of the integrated circuit (IC), which was later used for the first computer kits and home computers in the 1970s with the MITS Altair, Apple II and Commodore PET and eventually for personal and business computers such as the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh in the 1980s. Wikipedia

The IBM PC was released on August 12, 1981

IBM, with its reputation for business machines, using a computer chip from Intel and an operating system from Microsoft, changed the world of computing. Small businesses could now purchase mainframe computing power for a little over $1000.

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Here is PC World exclusive review of the very first IBM PC.