[rescue] Some days ....

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Sun Jun 8 15:12:50 CDT 2003

Even the processor ???  I don't think the 8086/8088 was that old when
IBM adopted it for the PC, so I fail to see how the processor could have
only been a few $.  Other than the processor, most components on there
were probably pretty cheap.... especially in IBM's quantity purchase of

-- Curt

>Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 14:48:53 -0400
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Some days ....
>From: Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com>
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
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>On Sunday, June 8, 2003, at 02:10 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>>>> From: Phil Stracchino <alaric at caerllewys.net>
>>>> To be fair, it hasn't been that bad in a looooooooong time ....  and
>>>> even then, at least half of it was the dain-brammaged OS's fault.
>>> ummm... IMHO PC hardware is seriously lacking in IRQs and DMA 
>>> channels....
>> Amen, brother.  IBM really copped out by just daisychaining two
>> 8-channel IRQ chips in the AT architecture.  They should have built in 
>> a
>> single 32-channel (or better yet, 64-channel) chip, IMHO.
>   That would have been good, but bear in mind the original PC wasn't 
>designed to be scalable at all.  The fact that the industry decided to 
>adopt it as a de-facto standard was stupidity on the part of the 
>industry, not IBM.  (not trying to defend IBM here, but this is just 
>the way it is)
>   I think they did a very good job for a cheap "throwaway" design done 
>by junior engineers.  The production cost of the PC was almost nothing; 
>there are exactly *zero* components on the original PC motherboard 
>design that were more than a few dollars apiece.
>          -Dave
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Curtis Wilbar
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