PC cassette interface and ROM BASIC (was Re: OT, but info needed: RAM uprade)

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Tue Dec 29 18:47:42 1998

Tony Duell wrote:
> > The PC was introduced in 1981. IBM had no clue as to how popular it would
> > become, or who their customers would be. The cassette interface was there
> > to provide for a less expensive entry-level system. They soon discovered
> > that almost everyone that bought a PC bought a floppy disk controller and
> > drive.
> Has anyone ever seen an IBM PC without disk drives? I certainly never have.

Yup. Unimpressed me. Cost a bloody fortune and wasn't as good as a
Radio Shack Color Computer, let alone the TRS-80 Model 2 that'd been
around a couple of years. After I saw it _with_ disk drives, I wasn't
very impressed either. No 8088 box ever equalled a contemporary 6809
box, and was hard-pressed to rival a Z-80. (I can track down
documentation to the effect that the IBM PC was in large part a
reaction to the mainframe connectivity options of the TRS-80 Model 2
-- though it was a long while before IBM offered SNA/SDLC in its
"personal" computers).
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