I guess I was unlucky (or Lucky?), I couldn't afford a PC, IBM or otherwise. That forced me to use alternates, Timex, Radioshack, a CPM3 laptop, and two Commodores, before I could finally enter the DOS/Windows world. They were fun and educational, but all the BASIC and Assembly Language I did burned me out on programming. Once I had a "real" PC, I started to concentrate on actually working with it, rather than spending hours figuring out how to make it work my way. I still give kudos to IBM for our PC world today, and (reluctantly) Microsoft, for giving us a standard platform to work with. I still wonder what the computer world would be like today, if Gary Killdahl had gotten CP/M-86 ready before Bill Gates 'bought' DOS and offered it to IBM for their PC.