Tim Babcock

I.T. support since 1984


40 Years Ago

In August of 1981, the IBM Personal Computer was released.

I didn't see one until I attended a show that IBM was hosting at the Seattle Center on May of 1982. It would be the start to the transition of personal computers in the workplace that would lead to a career.

While Apple II computers were in use in offices and classrooms at the time, it did has some technical concerns including a lack of an 80 column screen, the norm for word processing in office setting, as well as the lack of a hard drive (there were some creative devices that were substituted for a hard drive that I used).

When ITT was a respectable school in Seattle, it did setup the first IBM PC lab for educational purposes in Seattle where I would learn to use them for spreadsheets, word processsing, and programming (alongside IBM System/3x computers). It would be the only computer line that I would sell to some and train many on how to use throughout the Puget Sound and Willamette Valley areas for years. It would become the platform the would kick off the client/server systems that are in use today.

While Rasperry Pi's were introduced in the home last year, they do work side by side with the Intel 64 bit servers that run this website and database server, using the foundation that started 40 years ago, the next generation of devices has taken some time for many to see the future potential in a pattern that is similar to how main frame and mid-range computers were replaced by the PCs that are in use today.

During it's releases (with or without IBM)  training and time has been spent networking them, installing, upgrading, and coverting them into servers and workstations, and building applications that can not be accessed from a mobile phone (rather than this bulky device on a desktop).

While IBM has sold it's PC interests to Lenovo, PC support still continues on this website for HP devices today.






(IBM PC Source: Wikipedia)


Now that tax season is over, the Spring and Summer of 2021 will cover Nextcloud, a personal file server that can be used in your own home or business.

During the tax filing season, this server was used to store expenses, invoices, and medical records using the Nextcloud mobile app to process this information through the new open source accounting application that will be released soon.

This system is tiny and can be installed on a Raspberry Pi computer (a computer that is not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes). This computer, when connected to an external hard drive, can store documents, photos, music libraries, and videos that can be played from your mobile device (using the Nextcloud and a media app) or any web browser using built in internet security features.

The software applications are free (with the execption of some of the mobile apps to sync your contacts and appointments from your phone). With inexpensive hardware and your internet services, you can be responsible for your own backups instead of relying on other companies or services to mange these features for you.

Another way to be pro active with your own information.