Famous quotes(4 drives on a PC) (was:: Merced - and the ol' Unix story (was Re: OT, but info needed: RAM uprade))

From: Hans Franke <Hans.Franke_at_mch20.sbs.de>
Date: Mon Jan 18 09:30:57 1999

> | *Why we are limited to 2 floppy drives in DOS

> The same reason there are absurd memory limitations, etc.

> Someone wasn't thinking very far ahead.

> ``Why would anyone *ever* need more than [amount] [thing]?''

> The problem was that the people doing the PC development
> weren't looking at micros as real computers. They saw
> them as little more than toys - they just happened to be
> toys you could sell to companies to put on the desktop.

Nice, and sounds good, but often (as here found) just a
modern, urban legend - the IBM twist was just a genius
thing to keep part storage and maintainance costs low -
with the twisted cable you _can't_ install a wrong drive
as add on, and you _don't_ need to check any jumper or
what ever (supposed the drive is factory jumpered to #1)

Solutions of that kind are common in all times and are
strictly production/maintanance related and _not_ short-
sighted - The developers _did_ see a need for more drives,
so they offered the possibility to add more than one controller
by default.

You just can't blame anything on one quote.


Ich denke, also bin ich, also gut
Received on Mon Jan 18 1999 - 09:30:57 GMT

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