[rescue] NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP?

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Aug 9 09:41:11 CDT 2014

On 9 August 2014 16:16, Carl R. Friend <crfriend at rcn.com> wrote:
>    Save for the original BIOS which was as closed an architecture
> or product as any.  It took a clean-room blind rever-engineeering
> to clone the blasted thing which was a tour-de-force -- first one
> team produced a spec from the existing one, sometimes by observation
> if not outright disassembly, and then a completely different team
> to produce something that obeyed the spec produced by the first
> team.  This torqued IBM off immensely, but due to the process they
> couldn't do anything about it.

A very good point, well made.

>    I view the PC as the beginning of the end for interesting computing.
> Yes, it ultimately resulted in insanely cheap (in all meanings of the
> word) hardware, but also in a monoculture that is one well-written
> virus away from a global freeze of bibilcal proportions.  Quite likely
> ARM may be the sole survivor.

Hmm! Interesting take, but I can't really disagree with you.

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