Commodore Vic 20The Commodore VIC-20 hits the market — the first color computer for less than US$300 — and sells more than 1 million units. The monitor was a TV set, the storage was a cassette tape, and the “killer apps” were video games.






IBM-5150IBM releases the first personal computer (5150)






Irene_Hernandez_RobertsIRENE HERNANDEZ ROBERTS joins Big Blue as a programmer. By 1989, she was named senior design manager for a key component of IBM’s PC software offering.

“I got married young. I had my oldest daughter when I was seventeen. So the odds were I wouldn’t go on to college and have a professional career,” she said in 2006 when she was named Technologist of the Year.