[rescue] OS/2 Warp - was Re: NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP?
abuse at cabal.org.uk
Wed Aug 6 09:57:16 CDT 2014
On Wed, Aug 06, 2014 at 04:36:30PM +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
> Win32 looked like MS being anticompetitive at the time, but it wasn't -- it
> was a clever migration path from the limited Win16 to the brave new world of
> NT. And Win16 may not have been much, but Windows 3.0 was a triumph in its
> day, putting the usable OS/2 1.1 UI on 16-bit Windows and supporting
> everything from an 8086 with 640kB of RAM to a 386 with 16MB (if you were
> insanely wealthy).
16MB wasn't *that* insane.
In 1990 -- the same year that Windows 3.0 was released - 4x256k 70ns FPM DIPs
cost something like #25, i.e. #50/MB. Come while 1993-4 when I actually had a
machine that could take a whole 16MB of RAM, 4MB SIMMs were common and were
around the #100 point.
#400 was certainly a lot of money in 1994, but still a fraction of the cost of
a half-decent PC.
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