The Original IBM PC 5150 – the story of the world’s most influential computer

This is the story of the first IBM PC – the computer that’s the original ancestor of one you probably still own. Today, nearly 40 years after its introduction, modern PC’s are used for everything from the kinds of business applications the system was originally designed for, to scientific work, to high-end gaming. But it all started back in 1981 with the IBM 5150.

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IBM PS/2 P70 Tour and Diagnosis – Part 1!

This is an IBM P70, IBM’s “portable” version of the Model 70 Personal System/2. It’s what was known in the 80’s as a “luggable” computer – as IBM themselves put it, it’s a “full desktop computer system… with a handle.” Various companies made these in the 80’s, but I wanted this particular one because a) it’s an IBM, and b) it has a PLASMA display. (Toshiba and a few others also made machines with plasma displays, but this one also has kind of an interesting form factor.)

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New arrivals including an original IBM PC!

Last weekend, I picked up a huge haul of new-to-me vintage computer equipment, including one of my holy grails – an original IBM 5150 PC. These aren’t particularly rare (IBM sold a lot of ’em!) but they are getting hard to find complete with all included documentation, with both a CGA card and the 5153 CGA monitor, in good condition and at a reasonable price. Out of all those things, you can normally pick two. I held out and finally found one with everything, along with a few bonuses that I didn’t know until I took it home and cracked it open! (Watch the video for more on this.)

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What’s inside a Tomy Digital Diamond from 1978?

In the 1970’s, “electronic” games that were really just fully mechanical toys with LED’s inside were all the rage. The Tomy Digital Diamond was sold at Sears and other major retailers, and I had one. This is my original unit, and after a full 40 years it’s in need of a minor tune-up. This is just a quick video in which I show the basics of how the game works and fix it up so it’s like new again.

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Repairing my rare, broken Japanese Bandai Intellivision

I grew up with the Mattel Intellivision – I’ve made a video about that before. It was my first real game console and I still love it.

Not a lot of people realize that Mattel licensed the system not just to Sears and Radio Shack (who made their own versions), but also to Bandai in Japan. This system was one of the first American game consoles ever to get an official Japanese release.

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Early handheld computing – unboxing a brand new Sony Clie PDA from 2001

Palm helped popularize the PDA with its Palm OS-based devices, but Sony took the form factor and added new features that made their devices easier and more fun to use. I owned a Clie PEG-S320 back in 2001, and while I no longer have that unit, I decided to buy another one brand new in the box and see if I could get it working again. Spoiler alert: any time you’re dealing with “new old stock” that’s been sitting on the shelf for 16+ years, there are going to be problems to overcome! But in the end, it’s a success.