[OT] Re: IE 4/Office 97 Security Hole

From: Max Eskin <kurtkilg_at_geocities.com>
Date: Wed Jan 20 18:20:51 1999

On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Tony Duell wrote:
> Current machines aren't like that at all. So I am wondering if there will
> be any '10 year old' machines in 2009 or whenever. I bet some of us are
> still discussing PDP11s and PDP8s and PERQs and CDCs and.... in that year :-)

If someone has an honest question about a 10-year-old computer, by all
means, let them ask. But, there isn't too much traffic on this list about
PC hardware, and that's not going to grow as the PC market share declines
(it can hardly increase). And the thing is, as you say, little can be done
for PC hardware. If it's dead, it's dead.

> Personally, I'd include the IBM PC (5150) and maybe the XT (5160),
> portable (5155) and AT (5170). Like it or not, they had a significant
> impact on computing. But I don't think I'll ever think of a generic
> PC-clone, no matter how old, as a 'classic'.

'Classic' carries some connotation of class or of being nostalgic, etc.
Hardly any PC clones do that. Also, a generic ISA machine is hardly a
collectible item, so, again, I doubt they will generate much traffic as
time goes on.
Received on Wed Jan 20 1999 - 18:20:51 GMT

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