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August 28, 2011

Article: Can you do real work on a 30-year-old PC?

Benj Edwards writes: “When IBM released its first personal computer, the 5150 in 1981, it was deliberately drab—black, gray, and low-key. That’s because IBM intended it to be a serious machine for people doing serious work. But can a PC that’s as old as I am manage to email, surf the web, produce documents, edit photos, or tweet? I sequestered myself for four days amid boxes of 5.25-inch floppy drives and serial cables to find out. The answer to my question turned out to be both yes and no—but more interesting was all the retro-computing magic I had to perform.”

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