Blowing Up Old Computers

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Wed Aug 7 09:15:01 2002

Rumor has it that Sellam Ismail may have mentioned these words:
>On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Eric Dittman wrote:
> > > Tandy M100, M102, M200. Olivetti M10. And whatever the Kyocera version
> > > was called. (OK, they contain an 8085 CPU, which was originally an Intel
> > > design, but I don't think that's the normal meaning of 'Wintel')
> >
> > These are Wintel, but they are MStel. The ROM was written by
> > Microsoft.
>But they don't run DOS and are 8085-based. Far enough removed that I
>would not call them "Wintel" at all.

I'd even say that the [not previously mentioned] Tandy 600 wouldn't be
Wintel... It runs an 8088 & uses an MS operating system called HH/OS (short
for HandHeld OS - which is a serious misnomer due to the weight of the
thing...) It had a flip-up 80x16 screen, and was the first laptop with a
built-in floppy drive. It was a Zenith OEM but shared a few characteristics
with the Tandy Model 100/102/200, like it's use of the same parallel port
cable & whatnot... Most notably absent was BASIC - that was an extra $139...

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   ---   sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
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disarmament should *not* be your first career choice.
Received on Wed Aug 07 2002 - 09:15:01 BST

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