The IBM 5153's True CGA Palette and Color Output

The IBM 5153's True CGA Palette and Color Output

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CGA can output 16 digital RGBI colors, and there's a well-known standard palette which translates them to (s)RGB values - but that palette isn't a very good approximation of the colors you actually get on IBM's original CGA monitor.  Why is that, and can we do better?
Steel Survivor: an IBM XT Tale

Steel Survivor: an IBM XT Tale

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A fully-equipped IBM 5160 braves the rigors of international shipping and gets here in one piece (just barely).  As will be pictorially demonstrated, 30+ years after leaving the factory, this steel warrior is still one tough SOB.