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From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Thu Feb 26 00:39:59 1998

Tony Duell wrote:

> Hmmm... It appears that _all_ the so-called 'desirable' computers (the
> Altair, the Apple ][, etc) are total kludges built to a price. I didn't
> realise the Altair was like that. Oh well, I'm glad I bought the Intellec
> rather than the Altair at that rally (hamfest) 11 years ago...

As far as I can figure, every computer ever built has been a kluge,
adapting available hardware (_knowing_ better stuff would be
available before the design was done, but you've got to draw the line
somewhere). Price-point kluges I admit having a problem with -- the
single-RAM-chip cut that made the TRS-80 upper-case only, ignoring the
parallel port capability thet the support chips in the CoCo had from
day one, made me want to go to Fort Worth with a strangling cord when
those decision-makers were signing my paychecks.
Ward Griffiths
Dylan:  How many years must some people exist, 
			before they're allowed to be free?
WDG3rd:  If they "must" exist until they're "allowed",
			they'll never be free.
Received on Thu Feb 26 1998 - 00:39:59 GMT

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