the stigmata of IBM feces

From: Tony Duell <>
Date: Sat Feb 5 17:34:15 2005

> >I dislike the PC because of all thr totally stupid design decisions in it
> >(many of which seem to have been done to save a $0.10 IC and cause
> >headaches for users (not just hackers) for evermore). It appears that if
> >there were 2 ways of doing something, they picked the wrong one.
> If the CoCo didn't run such a kick-butt processor (6809) and a kick-butt OS
> (OS-9) I'd feel the same way about it...

Having gone trhough the schematics for the CoCo and the IBM PC, I can
assure you the former is much better than the latter!

OK, the CoCo's bit-banged serial port was a bit of a kludge, but remember
it was originally designed to link to a printer. It was therefore
primarily intended for output, and a bit-banging serial output is not
such a problem.

I didn't overly care for the CoCo 1/2 graphics modes, but they came from
the Motorola chipset, so as you said, you can't blame RatShack for that.

Received on Sat Feb 05 2005 - 17:34:15 GMT

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