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Michael Dell on his first computer and the dawn of PC’s
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A photo showed up in my phone the other day. It was an image of a blue screen where I could just make out the letters: “Commodore 64 Basic V2, 64 K Ram System.” The subject line of the accompanying text: “It’s Alive.”
The Commodore 64 was one of earliest mass produced personal computers. My 23-year-old son, Nick, had apparently obtained two broken Commodores from 1982 and put them together to make one working model.
After an interview on more substantive matters with Michael Dell, the chairman and CEO of Dell, on Friday, I asked him about his first computer — and no, it was not the C64.
What was your first computer? Tell us in a comment below.
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