On August 12, 1981, IBM introduced the company's "smallest, lowest-priced computer system" to date—the IBM Personal Computer. This Friday, the IBM PC will celebrate its 30th anniversary. And although IBM is no longer in the PC business, it's worth looking back at one of Big Blue's most notable contributions to computer history. Here's a quick pop quiz on the IBM PC.Check out pictures of the IBM PC in our gallery, "IBM PC celebrates 25th anniversary." Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I've published the answers on the last page of this blog post. I encourage everyone to answer all the questions before looking at the last page or using your favorite search engine to find the answers.
Answers are on the next page.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.