[vcf-midatlantic] Happy Birthday IBM-PC

Alexander Pierson ajpierson1 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 13 13:34:07 UTC 2021

February '81, eh? Did anyone else have a VIC-20 when it was relatively new? What was your experience like?

Contrasting that, is there anyone here who actually got their hands on an IBM 5150 within that first year?

I find the VIC gets a bit of an unfair shake these days, seen as an underpowered toy/game system.  However, I see it as the little machine that could.  The VIC-20 is my favorite vintage computer, hands down.  Don't believe me?  http://commodorez.com/img/vicportrait1000.jpg

-Alexander 'Z' Pierson
   On Thursday, August 12, 2021, 4:56:59 PM EDT, Richard Cini <rich.cini at gmail.com> wrote:  
 I got my VIC in February 1981 (9th grade). Upgraded to a Fat Mac in 1985. I didn’t get anything PC-ish until I was half-way through college (a DeskPro 386/16 with 5 MB of RAM and a 42mb hard drive; still have that machine too). My point was more that 40 years is a long time.

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 4:50 PM Alexander Pierson via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

>I think I was still using my VIC-20 then.

You make it sound like it was old in '81, however: Happy 40th birthday Commodore VIC-20 too.  Yes, technically it was released in Japan in '80, but nobody here lived in Japan/had a VIC-1001.  I've never heard a concrete, verifiable answer on what month it was released in the US.  Just vaguely mid-summer.

-Alexander 'Z' Pierson
   On Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7:45:02 AM EDT, Richard Cini via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:  

 August 12, 1981 at a news conference in NY, IBM introduced the PC. 40 years ago. Holy cow. I think I was still using my VIC-20 then.


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