!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Charles P. Hobbs <transit_at_lerctr.org>
Date: Sun Apr 9 13:24:27 2000

On Sun, 9 Apr 2000, George Rachor wrote:

> What I remember about the rainbow at the time (I didn't have one) was
> having to buy a formatted floppy as the OS as delivered wouldn't format a
> raw floppy. I remember that being a very silly decision which third party
> folks exploited by offering a formatting utility.

Oh, I remember tricks like that. Remember the Victor computers? You
couldn't even buy a copy of DBase II unless Victor sold it to you (in a
box that said "Victor Dbase II, by Ashton Tate" or something).

We won't get into the TI 99/4A and TI's decision to shut out third party
cartridge makers, etc. Or, in the early days of the Macintosh, the
difficulty in getting technical manuals for the machine (indeed, at first,
to find *any* books much more technical than "How to hold the mouse")...
Received on Sun Apr 09 2000 - 13:24:27 BST

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