IBM CTO Mark Dean, one of a dozen IBM engineers who designed the first PC unveiled Aug. 12, 1981, says PCs are:
“[…]going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs. PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device — though there’s plenty of excitement about smartphones and tablets — but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress. These days, it’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact. It is there that computing can have the most powerful impact on economy, society, and people’s lives”.
I fell in love with tech and computers back in 1983, when monitors were not only not LCD, but not even monitors. For many years I had to use a black and white TV for my ZX Spectrum 48k. But at least it was mine, and I could play with it in my own room.
Yes, I admit it, I took part in the my-computer-was-better-than-yours wars that filled playgrounds of the 80s. My best friend was a Commodore 64 geek so I had the opportunity to see the best of both worlds, but I was firmly on the side of the Speccy.
And I still am.
Thanks to the emulators, sometimes I type LOAD “” and enjoy an ol’skool videogame.