Guess whose birthday it is today. Nope, not us, we had ours a couple of months ago-- so did Apple. August 12th marks the birthday of the IBM PC, the big, ugly, beige box that kicked off the computing revolution as we know it today (hold it in Mac fanboys). 25 years ago, Don Estridge and a team of engineers introduced the IBM 5150, the first box cobbled together from off the shelf parts manufactured by a variety of companies -- the very model that would make the cheap, ubiquitous personal computer flourish. Few of us here at Engadget HQ have had a chance to lay our hands on one, but we did want to take a moment to reminisce about years past spent in front of monochrome monitors and boxy machines running all variety of DOS, DOS clones, and the like.

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