operating systems

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_wco.com>
Date: Thu Jan 1 12:47:50 1998

On Wed, 31 Dec 1997, John Higginbotham wrote:

> It was nice to be able to run a program off one floppy, and never worrying
> about running out of memory, even if you only had 128k/256k. But, memory
> prices got cheaper, shoot, everything got cheaper, and now we need a
> supercomputer just to run a word processor like Word 97. I can understand
> utilizing more system resources for new and better (not to mention useful)
> features, but it looks to me like people these days are just throwing in
> options because they can.

That is one special aspect of this hobby. We can marvel at the technical
brilliance of machines made just 10 years ago that were a fraction of the
speed and had a fraction of the memory and storage of today's computers
yet provided the same functionality. This is a realization that only
those who lived through that era of computing or those who enjoy this
hobby can share.

Sam Alternate e-mail: dastar_at_siconic.com
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