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A lot can change in 30 years, and since CSG was formed in 1985 there have been some incredible advancements in technology. Throughout the years CSG has seen PC’s that weren’t standardised, worked in a time when networking didn’t exist and understood that not every company always had computer systems.

One person who understands how the landscape of technology has changed is our Managing Director, Ron Vyse, as he has worked in the IT sector for more than 30 years. Here are some of his memories of technology past and present:


When the IBM PC was released in August 1981, it completely changed the world’s view of a computer. Previously, computers from IBM had been incredibly expensive and difficult to use, but this PC was small in size and had an even smaller price tag. The IBM PC also not only set a worldwide personal computing standard, but was able to make personal computers accessible to businesses and consumers.

1983: Apricot PC

This computer has played a part in CSG’s history as during the early days we became a reseller for a couple of systems, including Apricot. It followed similar specifications to the IBM PC and had some of the standards which are still followed today. When it was released in September 1983 it was based on an Intel 8086 microprocessor running at 4.77 MHz and had a critically acclaimed graphics quality. Microsoft Word and Multiplan were also provided with the Apricot PC

IBM luggable1990: IBM ‘Luggable’

It’s amazing to think about how far technology has come when you look back at the IBM ‘luggable’. It was about the size of a suitcase and stood upright with the keyboard held in the computer’s case. It also had a plasma screen and was included in the PS/2 range, where it soon became nicknamed the ‘luggable’.

1991: Apple PowerBook

For practical reasons it became clear that the personal computer needed to be more portable, and Apple had the answer. In 1991 The Apple PowerBook Series began and this would be monumental in changing the way people would use computers. The early models included a built-in trackball and a keyboard that allowed room for a palm rest. IBM then created the ThinkPad 700C to compete with the model, but this was only the beginning of Apple’s innovative thinking. Apple PowerBook

2010: iPad

The release of the iPad in 2010 is a sign of how much technology has changed through the years. This invention has meant that we can carry a computer around with us easily, like we would a paperback book. Its touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi is only the start of its features and we are sure Apple will continue to develop more. Only time will tell what those will be!

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