Dinosaur Sighting: The IBM PC Jr. does 123 and more

It still works

The IBM PC Jr. is an important artifact in the history of the modern personal computer. The PC Jr. was IBM's attempt to enter the SOHO market. In 1983, the largest computer company in the world was looking to tap a fast growing segment that it had not foreseen as even existing just a few years before. By most objective accounts it failed.

But that is not to say that the IBM PC Jr. was a complete failure. I had one and liked it very much. My most important term papers were written and printed from my trusty personal Jr. computer. Those few of us that had a PC Jr. considered the machine to be a wonderful success; unfortunately we were a distinct minority.

This gallery was originally published in July 2008.

By Mark Kaelin

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.