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From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Sun Nov 16 18:27:06 1997

Carl R. Friend wrote

> Age, also, alone, does not make a classic. I doubt that the standard
> run-of-the-mill '386 PeeCee will ever amount to anything except to,
> perhaps, archaeologists who dig one out of a landfill. There were too
> many of them made, and they were (are) regarded as "disposable". Look
> at the construction - modern machines aren't made to be repaired any
> more than a disposable cigarette lighter is made to be refilled. They
> burn out, you toss' em, and buy another one.

There are a few standouts in the genus. Notably to mind comes the NCR
PC line, specifically the PC-812 and the PC-916 from the late '80s.
Rugged construction and passive backplane -- the damned things just
wouldn't die. Built in West Germany, I assume by retired Mercedes and
Volkswagen technicians. Then NCR went to using mass-market OEM boards
and the next thing you know they're bought by AT&T.

And Zenith stands out, if only for their ability to always come up with
a chassis uglier than their previous record, with nobody else even
trying to compete. Yet their laptops generally looked good.
Ward Griffiths
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails 
of the last priest."  [Denis Diderot, "Dithyrambe sur la fete de rois"]
Received on Sun Nov 16 1997 - 18:27:06 GMT

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