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Howdy!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:07 am
by hykkonen
I remember the introduction of the PCjr and goofing around with one at the local ComputerLand. Never owned one at the time.

As of late, I decided to collect, refurbish, and play with machines that had meaning to me. While traipsing through Computer Reset looking for interesting items the team there had created IBM PCjr bundles, and while the machine was not on my target list of collectibles I just couldn't pass up being able to acquire a complete specimen of such a quirky computer. So "Junior" found it's way into my car and I paid the adoption fee.

Working with this machine reminds me of how interesting and how much fun computing was back in the mid-80s. It wasn't completely clear that any manufacturer was going to dominate the world. Sure, hindsight is 20/20 and we have the light of History that removes all the shadows we lived with then. The IBM PCjr is a perfect example of even the Big Blue having no certainty about the outcome of personal computing and trying an experiment.

No intention of being a PCjr owner, but the cute little bugger adopted me.

Re: Howdy!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:27 pm
by DarkStar2032
Personally, the quirks are some of the reason I kept mine.
Also the shocking durability. 35+ years and I haven't had to do all that much to keep a machine I got used in the mid-90's running.