TechSpot Celebrates 30 Years of the PC

By Julio Franco · 32 replies
Aug 30, 2011
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  1. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    Damn, I'm getting old.. nice review :)
  2. Floppy disk, PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse, Packard Bell, Intel 80386, Dial-up internet, DOOM, Bulletin Board Systems, Netscape Navigator, Voodoo 3dfx, Windows 3x-98. I never get tired of the old classic PC stuff. ;)
  3. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    For us Tech geeks, this is news.
  4. My first 5150 cost me a arm and a leg back in 1983 and sported a 10 mb hard drive cannibalized from an HP computer. The drive formatted out to 7mb.

  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Is the use of Windows 8 tablet interface intentional :p
  6. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 383   +54

    Ah yes this list brings back memories! One correction though: 3dfx's Voodoo graphics chip launched in October 1996 not December. The first company to build and sell a board powered by one was Orchid Tehcnology with their Righteous 3D card. I ordered one on October 10th just three days after it became available and received it the next day.

    Needless to say I've been a PC gamer ever since :).
  7. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Posts: 415   +24

    How, on Earth, do you compile a list like this and leave out the public release of the "Internet" (formerly ArpaNet) in 1992, the release of Mosaic (the first browser), Eudora (the first email program), and even Windows-XP???

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    oh wow
    now i see how old i am i remember 1976
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    If this is how far things can get in 30 years, here's to the next 30.
  10. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    I really like how you chose to present the article.
  11. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 156   +34

    Interested in what the next 30 year the "pc" will accomplish.
  12. I think PC's aren't going to disappear. They will transform. Maybe into very small CPU's with huge screens and terrible performance. In that form they may become the home servers working along with tablets an smartphones. Also talking to the freezer, the stove, the windows and even the car and managing the TV (IP or normal cable) I don't know. What I think is for sure, a PC is not going to disappear in a lot of years, and even less as a concept.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I keep touching the screen but nothing is happening.
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Authentic isn't it? :)
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    And to think Apple lovers loathe the word PC, as if it were some sort of diminishing term. Well, guess what? (Southern accent in 3... 2... 1...) That's exactly what you damn are!

    I knew the upgrade wouldn't be worth it.
  16. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    My personal favourites are Wolf 3d and Gmail, I remember when Gmail accounts used to sell for £50 on eBay...
  17. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Double post...?
  18. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    What a neat review indeed. Seeing Jobs sitting with a computer in his lap, then seeing how the iPad is carried with ease, it's sort of impressing in itself. I'll definitely try to visit this article again in 20 years, probably from a pair of eye glasses or something.
  19. nestorius

    nestorius TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +6

    There should have been rememberance of the MITS/Altair and the TRS-80 (Radio Shack Trash 80) as these were both great for starting the hobby of personal computing. We should also pause for a moment and think about the CPM operating system which led to countless systems that have improved the process to where we are today.

    My first computer was the TRS-80 that came with 4k of dynamic RAM and BASIC in ROM. I even modified an old TV for the monitor then upgraded my memory to 16K along with adding a cassette tape for a mass storage device. I can fondly remember the evolution from the cassettes to 5 and 8 inch floppys then to hard disks with the unheard of 5 MB storage, WOW.

    We've come a long way baby!!!
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Nicely laid out article, I think Win2K deserved an honorable mention, specially after the catastrophic failure of Win ME.

    @Loka I already wear glasses, but luckily they are not reading glasses :)
  21. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,667   +987

    The article has been updated to include many of your suggestions, thank you!
  22. unloco101

    unloco101 TS Rookie

    Picture of an Apple Computer! Lets post condescending comments with a typed accent!
  23. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Windows 8 is going to suck because pictures resembling the Metro UI do not offer touch screen functionality on Windows 7 and a non-touch enabled monitor. Suck it M$.
  24. raul_bejarano

    raul_bejarano TS Rookie

    nice... great job trying to put together 30 years of history in an article... save this one and repost it in 10 years to see how far we've come.. cool to see IBM posted several times =)

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