On Mon, 2008-03-31 at 08:42 -0700, Les wrote:
Actually, Microsoft was a late comer to personal computers. I own
(still) an Altair 8800B, and owned a
Morrow Microdecision before that, both on CP/M. And prior to that I had
systems that ran various other OS's
that were a bit more limited, and one straight bootstrap system for
which you had to furnish an OS of your favorite
flavor. Microsoft did not create, or really enable personal computers
That was part of my point, too. Those of us who've used personal
computers before Windows ever existed, and systems other than DOS,
recognised it for the annoying crap that it was. And they're not the
groundbreakers that some would believe.
It took years for Microsoft to understand the notion of having, say, a
system way of printing. That the OS talked to the printer, and all
applications talked to the OS to print. Prior to that, you had a
plethora of (really bad) printer drivers for each application that
needed to print.
It took years for Microsoft, and those creating programs for their OS,
to realise the need for data portability between applications. i.e. We
don't need a gazillion picture types, we need to be able to open a
picture in a gazillion different programs, without conversion.
It took years for Microsoft to understand networking (I still think
they're far from it). It took years for Microsoft to start to
They're way behind the ball in any number of areas. There's places that
still use very old mainframes for that reason.
If you're talking "personal" computers, I think things like the Amiga
and the Mac did far more for trailblazing personal computing than the
IBM compatible ever did.
(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's
important to the thread.)
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