Celebrating 20 years of personal computing20 Years of Personal Computing (1975-1995)

Since 1975, the personal computer has developed from a machine with little practical use to a product that touches almost everyone in some way.  As an example of innovation, the PC embodies the epitome of process thinking dependent on the continuous contributions of many.

Most college students today have no context for a life without computers.  As a result, these students typically view the PC as nothing more than a common appliance and may not be able to fully appreciate its impact.  This exhibit illustrates the relatively rapid development and innovation of the PC by presenting a linear timeline of development.  The use of artifacts, visuals and digital video share the stories of the many people who had a direct impact on its incremental development.
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20 Years of Personal Computing (1975-1995)