[rescue] Some days ....
lionel4287 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 13:59:19 CDT 2003
--- "Patrick Giagnocavo +1.717.201.3366" <patrick at zill.net> wrote:
> Essentially an XT is a snapshot of what the cheapest ICs available in
> the market at that time were.
> Think of an XT as the Chicken McNugget of computing.
Heh, IIRC the IBM PC, and by extension the XT and today's P4 Multi-GHz
wonder box are all based on an off-the-shelf reference implementation
from Intel, since the goal was for IBM to "plant it's flag" in the
nascent PC market and "test the waters" in minimal time/at minimal
Basing a product on a vendors reference implementation is fine, but to
still be feeling the impact of that decision 20 years later, is, uhm,
"Nothing would please me more than being able to hire ten
programmers and deluge the hobby market with good software"
Bill Gates, in "An OpenLetter to Hobbyists" dated February 3, 1976
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