Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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Rear View Mirror
by westlake on Sat 27th Aug 2011 14:35 UTC
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The IBM PC was the natural upgrade path from CP/M for both user and developer.

That made the MS-DOS PC a viable commercial product before the cloning of the IBM PC BIOS.

Product based on the use of off-the-shelf hardware and an OS that sold for $40 retail list.

The IBM PC and PC clone begin to move in on the still-infant home and home office market.

With Sierra's King Quest, the light begins to dawn:

Your 16 bit office wokhorse is a viable platform for PC gaming ---

and there is a bonus:

The modular design of the PC makes upgrading video and sound easy and affordable.

The Microsoft operating system performs well on hardware that is mid-line at the time of release and entry level a year or two later. stocks 245 Windows 7 laptops, with the 64 bit Home Premium laptop starting at $300.

Top of the line at is an i7 HP "Silver" laptop with a 17" screen, 8 GB RAM, 1.5 TB HDD, Radeon HD 6850M Graphics, and Blu-Ray for $1600.

The Mac was - at least in the beginning - was notoriously resource intensive. It was a stylish machine that found a significant niche market. But nothing more than that.

Win 3 and Win 95 were transitional operating systems - with, let us say, a more populist focus - that preserved MS-DOS compatibility while introducing a generation of users to a graphical user interface at a price they could afford.

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