Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Nov 2011 22:32 UTC
Intel You may not realise it, but today one of the most important pieces of technology celebrates its 40th birthday. In November 15, 1971, a company called Intel released its Intel 4004 processor - the first single-chip microprocessor, and one of the most important milestones in computer history.
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RE[3]: Congratulations!
by bassbeast on Sun 20th Nov 2011 10:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Congratulations!"
bassbeast
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Sounds like close to your childhood as it was late 70s to mid 80s (my first album was Kiss Alive II on 8 track just to date myself). My first "PC" was an Altair that "fell off the back of a truck" my uncle was driving, followed by the VIC. Atari, GEM, Compaq, I think I played with just about every CPU and OS back then, man it was so much nicer when we had choice!

Of the ones you name there really are only two now, Intel and AMD. try buying a Via CPU in anything but ultra niche like carputers is nearly impossible, and SiS doesn't make chips. I had hopes that Nvidia would buy Via and get in the game (imagine how sweet a netbook with a combo Via/Nvidia APU would be) but that seems to be a no go.

But frankly other than bribing the officials I can't understand why Intel wasn't busted. I mean you had a major CEO admit that Intel bribes were like Cocaine and Dell admitted that during the price wars there were quarters where their ONLY "profits" were in the form of Intel kickbacks. Then finally you have the fact that in every benchmark there was the Athlon64 stomped netburst until Intel came along and rigged the compiler, what more proof do they need? What they did made MSFT under Gates look like choirboys!

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RE[4]: Congratulations!
by zima on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 23:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Congratulations!"
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2005-07-06

I think I played with just about every CPU and OS back then, man it was so much nicer when we had choice!

Not really, we didn't have it, in comparison ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?497962 ) & no, it wasn't nicer.

We have tons more choice now. If, for whatever reason, you don't exploit it, a least don't throw such myths around.
It's almost insulting to many millions who were simply excluded back then from the field of computing; which became immensely more approachable over the years, open for many more people (who typically don't have the opportunity to, apparently, steal their first expensive computer...)

There are ~2 billion PC users alone, while your "great times" most likely offered the experience (extremely limited, nvm much more expensive) most likely to at least an order of magnitude less.

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