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William Lowe, the 'father of the IBM PC,' dies at 72

After his proposal for a quick market entry via Atari was rejected, Lowe was given one year to design and produce a personal computer that would be market-ready.

By October 28, 2013


How IBM's 5150 PC shaped the computer industry

The landmark personal computer, introduced by IBM 30 years ago Friday, launched the PC revolution, changing the way people work, communicate, and play.

By August 11, 2011


A look back at the original marketing video for the IBM 5150

IBM touted the landmark personal computer for such breakthrough features as a keyboard with both "upper- and lower-case letters" and compared its launch to the introduction of the punch card.

August 9, 2011


End of an era: NASA shuts down its last mainframe

The space agency powers down its last System Z machine, years after IBM stopped selling them for the mathematical calculation jobs for which NASA originally bought them.

By February 13, 2012


Reporters' Roundtable: Happy 30th birthday, IBM PC

Thirty years ago today IBM launched the 5150. We take a look back at the creation of the PC with an interview with Dave Bradley, the guy who invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and look forward with Michael Miller, former editor of PC Magazine.

By August 12, 2011


Harsh lessons from Evergreen Solar flame-out

Evergreen Solar was a darling of Massachusetts politicians until it fell apart. But there's plenty to learn from what went wrong at this once-promising company.

By August 17, 2011


Moving beyond the PC, iPad in hand

Is the tablet the device of choice for the post-PC paradigm? That's what an IBM executive who helped developed the first IBM PC claims. My take is different, but not that different.

By August 13, 2011


IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight

On the eve of the IBM PC's 30th anniversary, Mark Dean says the PC era is on its last legs. As one of the IBM engineers who helped create the original PC, he is certainly qualified to make this claim.

By August 10, 2011


Apple notches win against Android (week in review)

Apple wins injunction against Galaxy Tab, while London rioters turn to social media. Also: Anonymous going after Facebook?

By August 12, 2011


Monster refreshes in-car iPod accessories

Monster unveils its line of 2009 in-car iPod and iPhone accessories.

By June 23, 2009