On this day in 1981, the first IBM Personal Computer (PC) (model 5150) was released, and IBM PC Day is dedicated to this date. The computer, developed in less than 1 year, achieved unconditional success. The modern technology we use is a logical consequence: companies have invested large sums in research to create more efficient machines.
It is not known who invented the holiday, but we can say for sure this person spent a lot of time at the computer and considered it a faithful companion.
Computers allow us to perform many tasks: we work, play, listen to music, and watch movies. The existence of IBM PC Day is fair, because now each of us simply cannot imagine the world without a PC.
- The first computer mouse was made of wood;
- The ENIAC computer weighed over 27 tons;
- The first drive cost over $40,000;
- Ada Lovelace – the first female programmer, born in England – made a great contribution to the field’s development;
- The term “Personal Computer” was not coined by IBM, but was used in 1972 in relation to the Xerox PARC Alto, a research prototype;
- Early PCs were called microcomputers and shipped as an electronic kit. It was difficult to get because of their limited availability and high cost, so it was bought mainly by avid technology enthusiasts.
How to take part
On IBM PC Day, you can discover its history – there is a lot of useful information on the Internet. It would also be useful to repair your ‘electronic friend’ or purchase a new one. If you are creative, give your PC a real name!
When is IBM PC Day celebrated in 2023?
IBM PC Day is observed on August 12 each year.