Computers: A Generation of Orphans

Owners try to cope with their discontinued machines

When Robert Strauss learned in March that the PCjr computer he had purchased only last November was going to be dropped from IBM's product line, he immediately called the Boston Computer Exchange and put his equipment up for sale. "I wanted to get rid of it before everybody else read the newspapers," says Strauss, a hotel night auditor from Waltham, Mass. But he got no takers, even at 40% off the $1,399 list price. Fifteen months after its arrival on the market, the PCjr had joined the ranks of the computer "orphans." Because it was forsaken by its maker, its owner...

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