TI99: Anyone reading this with a TI-99/4A?

From: David Wollmann <dwollmann_at_ibmhelp.com>
Date: Sun May 3 14:30:47 1998

At 02:12 PM 5/3/98 -0400, you wrote:
[stuff about *nix and 8-bit machines snipped]
>I find the idea of not less than 32bits, 200mhz cpus and large memory
>being a must to be patently retrorevisionist to the history of what was
>done before those things were available.

I find that when I'm working on a "slower" machine I tend to be more
careful and precise because I know that if I make a mistake it could cost
me a whole day of production. This is especially true when I'm running a
large data file conversion. If I make a mistake on a big System/36 document
extraction, it might be as long as eight hours before I learn that I have
to start over (mostly because the process is a real hack and doesn't allow
me to do much error checking until it's finished).

I think bigger-better-faster systems can actually contribute to a loss of
productivity, because overall, users aren't as motivated to "do it right
the first time."

David Wollmann
Received on Sun May 03 1998 - 14:30:47 BST

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