Famous & infamous computers of the 70's & 80's.

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Tue Dec 28 11:52:28 1999

> If you like the big thingys, the old PC (not AT) Keyboard was quite
> ok (I'm using some still today on Pentium class machines :), but the

Could you explain how you get around the incompatibilities of the pre-AT
keyboard circuit?

> > >Least Innovative initial release: IBM PC (only really new features were the
> > >price tag and the logo)
Coming into a world of 64K Z80 machines, the PC had an AVERAGE level of
innovation. Certainly not enough to be appropriate for a "new standard",
but hardly "least".

> > >Most infamous bug-box: TRS-80 (earned the nickname Trash-80 for all the
> > >service work needed)
> > Erm... *which* TRS-80. There were *dozens* of different models...

Although I don't AGREE with the original poster on this one, I must defend
his terminology. LATER models had sub-designations, and needed them. But
the original first model WAS simply called "TRS-80" (FSOT)
Later models, despite speculation by users that they would be called
"TRS-81" or "TRS-90", in an attempt by Tandy to piggy-back success were
then called "TRS-80 [something]", such as TRS-80 Model 3 (FSOT).
The name "TRS-80 Model One" never existed until the development of the
model 2.

OT_analogy: If you were to search through the old archives of the New York
Times for the earliest occurrences of the phrases "World War 1" and "World
War 2", which one do you think occurred first?

ON-Topic_analogy: The phrase "SINGLE-Density" never existed until the
marketing people started calling MFM "DOUBLE-Density".

Grumpy Ol' Fred        cisin_at_xenosoft.com
Received on Tue Dec 28 1999 - 11:52:28 GMT

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