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.
Happy 35th birthday, IBM PC!

Happy 35th birthday, IBM PC!

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My present: 'Sorry Ass' - a 512-byte boot sector version of Bill Gates' DONKEY, the infamous demonstration game included with DOS and BASIC 1.0.
Olympiad: IBM Prototype Fonts Unearthed

Olympiad: IBM Prototype Fonts Unearthed

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Historical exhibit: a set of 25 floppy disks documenting IBM's creation of an in-house bitmap typeface for the RT PC project (code-named Olympiad).  Contains the original material as received, plus TTF and PNG conversions of the fonts and images.
So-called "IBM" Freeware Games from the Early '80s

So-called "IBM" Freeware Games from the Early '80s

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An archeological riddle: these very early public domain games all have similar title screens, which say "IBM" although they were clearly homebrew creations.  Where do they come from, who made them, and what is that cryptic "mystery code" all about?
101 Monochrome Mazes: Why Not Color?

101 Monochrome Mazes: Why Not Color?

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IBM officially discouraged PC programmers from exploiting hardware-specific tricks, since that came at the expense of compatibility.  Then, they went and released a game that did just that.  Here's why it was (artificially) prevented from running on color systems.