The IBM PCjr was my second real computer after the Commodore 64. I know that historically the PCjr is not considered to be one of the better personal computers to ever hit the market, but I actually liked mine and got quite a lot of use out of it. You can see more of the PCjr in the TechRepublic Photo Gallery titled: Dinosaur Sighting: The IBM PC Jr. does 123 and more.
The IBM PCjr is famous (or infamous) for several reasons:
- The famous Charlie Chaplain advertising campaign, which championed the benefits of the PCjr
- The chicklet wireless keyboard with infrared technology
- Two slots for holding ROM cartridges needed to run larger applications like Lotus 1-2-3
- The original Microsoft Flight Simulator
I used my IBM PCjr to write several University of Louisville Business School term papers, reconcile my checking account, and get a handle on my personal finances with a long-forgotten program called Dollars and Sense. It was a good little computer.
However, as you can tell from the TechRepublic Photo Gallery that I published, the PCjr did have some quirks that eventually doomed it as an also-ran in the annals of personal computing. But I don't care; it still served me well until I got an IBM XT clone from a nondescript, now defunct company. I mean, you have to keep upgrading don't you — it's the law or something.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.