|How Things have
This is a photo of an early model IBM Personal Computer circa 1981 just
like the one I first owned.
Mine had 640K of RAM, a 10 Megabyte HD and
twin 5.25" Floppy Disk drives. I got my first "compatible" in 1982 and
it had a 4.77 mHz 8080 Intel processor. Mine came from a startup
company in Perth, Western Australia - "Y-Micro" who were selling them
out of the garage of their home in the Perth suburb of Leederville. The monitor
I had was a mono- high resolution green on black picture.
The software I used mostly at the time was Lotus Symphony, a
suite that preceded Lotus 1-2-3. I wrote a lot of Symphony
macros to manipulate numeric financial data within
spreadsheets. This was my first real foray into programming.
From there I went to some
MS-Basic, then to CLIPPER and C. Next I found "Clarion for
DOS" and have continued on with other Clarion development