Ibm, Apple, Compaq... And Vobis And Escom?

Ever since Apple Computer founders Steven P. Jobs and Steve Wozniak started working in a garage in 1976, the computer jock who makes a fortune bringing personal computers to the masses has been a quintessentially American hero. But in Germany, two bold upstarts--Theo Lieven of Vobis Microcomputer and Manfred Schmitt of Escom Computer--are beating Americans at their own game of selling PCs on the cheap.

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