[rescue] Some days ....
lionel4287 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 14:11:30 CDT 2003
--- Mike Meredith <mike at blackhairy.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> The original PC has more than enough IRQs and DMA channels for a
> cheap and nasty home PC ... that's all it was supposed to be. If
> IBM thought they were designing the future of PC's for the next
> zillion years they would have been a little more thoughtful; it
> would probably have been something like the 360 and cost so much
> that very few would have sold.
The "original" IBM personal computer (before the "PC") was a $10-15K
machine that suited no particular use, other than to reinforce IBMs
opinion that there was no such thing as a personal computer market...
IIRC it was aimed at small accounting firms and such, was a self
contained unit that looked like a dedicated word processor of the time
(think DecMate, Wang, etc.)... The problem was it was based on a
minicomputer price structure, as was the Dec Professional ;^)
"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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