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Submission + - IBM's PC Junior turns 30. (

McGruber writes: Like the Mac (, the IBM PC Junior ( first went on sale in late January 1984. That is where the similarities — the PC Junior became the biggest PC dud of all time (

Back on May 17, 1984, the NY Times reported ( that the PC Junior "is too expensive for casual home users, but, at the same time, is not nearly powerful enough for serious computer users who can afford a more capable machine." The article also quoted Peter Norton, then still a human programmer that had not yet morphed into a Brand, who said that the PC Junior "'may well be targeted at a gray area in the market that just does not exist.'' IBM cancelled the machine in March 1985, after only selling 270,000 of them.

While it was a commercial plop, the machine is still liked by some. Michael Brutman's PCJr page ( attempts to preserve the history and technical information of the IBM PCjr and Youtube has a video of a PC Junior running a demo (

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