[rescue] Slightly OT:  Bad Cap Saga

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Tue Aug 19 01:35:21 CDT 2008

>From: Scott Newell <newell at cei.net>
>Date: 2008/08/18 Mon PM 10:40:26 EDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Slightly OT:  Bad Cap Saga

>At 08:56 PM 8/18/2008, Joshua Boyd wrote:
>>On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 10:52:25AM -0700, Curious George wrote:
>> > I think most Dell sales (and HP, etc.) are just because there are
>> > no practical alternatives (in the Wintel world)
>>No practical alternatives?  How are iMacs, IBMs, HPs, or BOXX machines
>>not practical alternatives?
>Can you even get a Mac with a true parallel port?  Dell workstations 
>still have them (last time I checked), but I'm not sure about HP or IBM.

Compaq (and others I'm
sure) flirted with the
so-called "legacy free"
designs, no serial or
parallel ports, no PS/2
ports either, just USB
and an RJ-45 ethernet
jack. They didn't sell
well - I think most
consumers "thought"
they needed the miss-
ing ports, and I sus-
pect that most large
corp. buyers had just
enough exceptions in
their user base that
they couldn't stan-
dardize on a "legacy
free" model, dooming
them to failure in
the market.


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