In pictures: Images from the dawn of the PC era

The PCWorld.com Web domain was created on April 24, 1992, but our oldest retrievable online content is from 1998 - and it's so damn quaint

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It was November 1985. Joe Montana had already led the 49ers to two Super Bowl wins, and now he would compete against PCWorld associate editor Eric Brown for one quarter of play in NFL Challenge, a primordial football sim that tasked players with heady coaching decisions rather than arcade-style running, passing, and tackling.

Montana was already somewhat familiar with personal computers—he told PCWorld that he owned a DEC Rainbow 100 Plus—but we'll credit his hands-on knowledge of football science for whupping Mr. Brown by a score of 13-3 during those 15 minutes of simulated gridiron action.

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