Microsoft Windows vs. IBM 701

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Wed Oct 27 13:22:50 2004

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From: David Forbes

I was reading that 1961 BRL survey, and found the user reports
of the IBM 701 fascinating. They apparently had an average
uptime of about 2-4 hours. That doesn't seem like much by
today's standards, but then how often does Windows crash on you?

The amazing thing is how much they paid per calculation. $50,000
rental per month for a typical installation at 500 multiplies per
second is about 10,000 multiplies per dollar! We seem to get a
better price these days with a typical PC. It's about a trillion
multiplies per dollar, which is a factor of 100 million better.

--David Forbes, Tucson, AZ
Received on Wed Oct 27 2004 - 13:22:50 BST

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