Thu Feb 21 2008 08:59: A coda to the recent minuet of computer history: the 1981 New York Times article on the announcement of the IBM PC. Written by Andrew Pollack, who's still a science writer for the NYT. We're told about this strange world of "desk-top" computers, a market dominated by Apple and Tandy. Shockingly, "Others May Write Programs," which IBM will "evaluate" and pay "a royalty on sales of the program." IBM was trying to be the Association of Shareware Professionals or something.