'Home' computer: Definition

From: Tony Duell <ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue Jul 1 18:46:33 1997

In message <33B8B786.6F47_at_ndirect.co.uk> classiccmp_at_u.washington.edu writes:
> Tony Duell wrote:
> > Yes, I can do any of those with a PC or many, many other machines. But the MK14
> > is small and portable. It doesn't need a monitor. It will start the program
> > instantly at switch-on. It is still useful today.
> O, come on......of course you can go to work everyday with a penny
> farthing (early bicycles with the very different sized wheels) but would
> you?

If I rode a bicycle, and had a penny-farthing, I might well use it, yes. Please
give me one _good_ reason not to.

While I can think of other things that would be a good as the MK-14 for (say)
I2C chip testing (a microcontroller board springs to mind), I can't think of
anything that would be _better_.

The origianl statement stands. I can't think of a single computer system (owned
by me or not) that can't be used for useful work in 1997. The fact that it's
old has nothing to do with it.

I can think of many applications that need fast machines with plenty of memory.
I'd not use (most) classic computers for those. But as I rarely need to do
such work, I see no reason _not_ to use a classic.

> enrico

Received on Tue Jul 01 1997 - 18:46:33 BST

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