OT, but info needed: RAM uprade

From: Jason Willgruber <roblwill_at_usaor.net>
Date: Sun Dec 27 20:04:15 1998

-----Original Message-----
From: David Wollmann <dwollmann_at_ibmhelp.com>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Sunday, December 27, 1998 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: OT, but info needed: RAM uprade

>On Sun, 27 Dec 1998, Jason Willgruber wrote:
>When IBM ELS were designing the original 5150, 16-bit cards would have
>the cost out of their US$4,000.00 retail target range, so they went with
>crippled 8088. A decision that, in hindsight, makes about as much sense as
>including a cassette drive and (what was it???) 16K RAM on the first model.
The tape drive was actually a useful idea, which should have been continued
all the way throughout the PS/2 line. It allowed whoever was using the
computer to actually make use of the ROM BASIC. The floppies aren't
available in ROM BASIC, and once a program is typed in, there's no way to
save it. The cassette drive worked in the same way that the cassette drive
in TRS-80's did. It acted as the storage device in ROM BASIC. In fact, I
don't even think the PC came with a cable to connect it to a tape deck. You
had to run down to RadioShack and pick up a TRS-80 cassette cable.

I think I actually have an entire 60-minute tape full of PC-BASIC programs
(somewhere). I think one of the not-so-smart things that IBM did was to
remove the cassette interface and to keep the now-useless ROM-BASIC in
                 -Jason Willgruber
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Received on Sun Dec 27 1998 - 20:04:15 GMT

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