On 30th anniversary of its PC, IBM fortells its death
Big Blue rolled out a new product back on Aug. 12, 1981 - its 5150 personal computer.
To mark this occassion, IBM had one of the original designers of IBM's 5150 write an essay/blog post. Mark Dean holds three of the nine patents on the first IBM box.
Today he is the the chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa.
I find it interesting that Dean is still going to work every day for Big Blue after all of these years and being a key player in such a significant milestone.
Anyway, here's what he wrote about the death of the creation he helped to bring to life:
I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet.
When I helped design the PC, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness its decline. But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing.
They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.