Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Home Computer

"The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little."
Joe Martin, Porterfield

On this date (August 12th for those of us that are too hung over to realize what day it actually is) in history, IBM released its first PC model. The 5150 IBM PC (with a 4.77 Mhz INTEL 8088 processor) is released at the low low price of $1,565 making it available for the first time to the general public as apposed to earlier models that (in addition to weighing more than most modern houses and taking up as much room) were only available to corporations and private owners.

The year was 1981 and the world was much different: The music of the day was “Video killed the radio star”, there was this new cable show starting that played “music videos” called Mtv (isn’t that novel), and a new sports car, the De Lorian was just rolling off the production line and straight into our hearts. It was a good year for men! Since then many advances have been made for huMANity but without these humble beginnings we couldn’t even fathom watching people doing it from the privacy of our own homes while getting sports updates and writing a blog for the masses to enjoy.
So as you sit and read this blog, while streaming some music off an internet radio station, downloading full length movie porn make-overs, and order a pizza to be delivered for lunch remember you have this guy to thank for it:

You feel bad about picking on all the nerds in your high school yet? Good, you shouldn’t! Your constant disapproval of their un-manliness is what drives people like Mr. Donald Estridge, developing director and King Nerd, to do great things like develop and release the PC to the world. So when you see Poindexter at the water cooler today tell him “thanks Don, thanks for all the porn”, and give him a high five (trust me, he knows what you’re doing it for). Go MEN!

-Man 4

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