USING classic machines

From: dynasoar <>
Date: Fri Jun 27 08:04:01 1997

On Thu, 26 Jun 1997, DAVID L. ORMAND wrote:

> In fact, I'm wondering how widespread my idea is (shared by a
> few, apparently) that the smaller, simpler machines really are well
> suited for home use, and you don't need a high-end peecee for nearly
> everything you want to do.
Here, here! I am totally in empathy with you, David, on this. I use many
the machines in my collection daily for various tasks; keeping private
journal pages on the C-64's word processor, playing games on my PS2
Model 25, even surfing the 'Net and email on my XT in the kitchen!

In fact, there are not many tasks in computing that I have found to
REQUIRE a fast, modern PC with tons of memory and processor. Keep in mind
that practically *all* of the tasks done on today's machines are exactly
those that were done 15 years ago on the simpler machines.

What *has* changed IMHO are the skills that the average user now brings to
the interface. Click, point, drag, and drop require a lot less dexterity,
concentration, and skill than learning keyboard commands, or having to be
competent with an operating system in order to get it to do what you want
it to.

Kirk Scott
Received on Fri Jun 27 1997 - 08:04:01 BST

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