[ros-general] ros chatter
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Tue Dec 23 19:29:16 CET 2003
Mark Grosberg wrote:
>There is more in Boca than just spam you know. In fact, the birthplace of the PC (not that it was a great architecture) is a 5 minute walk from my house.
(clears throat) *ahem*
That would be the birthplace of the IBM PC. You know the one - Intel
8088 microprocessor with 64k DRAM, choice of monochrome or CGA graphics,
optional 160 kilobyte single-sided 5.25" floppy disk drive. Having been
involved with microcomputers since before IBM's entry into the market, I
feel obligated to point out that there were personal computers before
the IBM PC (like the Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore's C-64 and CBM
series, Timex Sinclair, and so many others).
Actually it *was* a great architecture because it was so open and easy
to duplicate. We've enjoyed commodity "beige box" pricing on most of our
hardware for most of the last two decades because of it.
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