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