Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:41 UTC, submitted by MOS6510

The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, where the Comdex trade show was getting under way.

Apple had grabbed headlines a year earlier with the introduction of its graphical Macintosh. Now, after two years of delays, Microsoft was finally ready to debut the much-promised Microsoft Windows.

It became the blueprint for many of Microsoft's new product launches. Early versions suck, but get progressively better over the years.

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RE[2]: Have it (almost)
by unclefester on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 10:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Have it (almost)"
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This old technology seems to be much more reliable than our today's "modern" technology. I still have computer systems from the early 1980's here, with disks and printer, running a CP/M clone - fully functional. I tend to experience fewer reading troubles with those old diskettes and drives than with some new DVD equipment... just curious if it would be possible to use today's devices in 30 years... ;-)

Thirty years ago hardware was vastly more expensive than modern hardware. People expected that very expensive hardware to last a long time so it had to be made well. Now a DVD burners costs <$20 so people have developed much lower expectations regarding quality. eg My laptop can't handle CDs or DVDs with very minor scratches and is often reluctant to eject discs.

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