Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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Amstrad PCW
by chemical_scum on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 13:46 UTC
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2005-11-02

The Amstrad PCW was my first home computer. It was a great word processing system with a dedicated printer. It was also a useful little general purpose computer, as it could also run the full CP/M OS as well as the word processing software Locoscript that ran in a dedicated cut down CP/M.

This was great for me as CP/M was based on the DEC operating systems as Garry Kildall had also worked on the DEC operating systems before he left DEC and started Digital Research. My first computer at work was a PDP-11 running RT-11. the OS was so similar especially the useful and versatile PIP (Peripheral Interchange Program).

It was actually quite successful in Britain at the time but then IBM introduced the first PC and the market moved on.

Edited 2012-08-23 13:49 UTC

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RE: Amstrad PCW
by orfanum on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 14:00 in reply to "Amstrad PCW"
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2006-06-02

Yes, I wrote my MA stuff on one of those babies in 1993-1994; I recall that it had a fantastic clipboard that you could programme with up to 10 frequently used snippets, which I have never found bog standard anywhere since (and if someone wants to point out my tech myopia there, please let me know if this does exist somewhere else now!). I still have the disks somewhere and was tempted to hack a PCW 3" drive on a PC a la http://www.fvempel.nl/3pc.html even a little while back, just to retrieve all those hours of work.

For sheer productivity it did better than the PC Windows 3.11 machine I moved to for the start of my doctorate. Talk about no distractions!

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RE[2]: Amstrad PCW
by rjamorim on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 17:08 in reply to "RE: Amstrad PCW"
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2005-12-05

I recall that it had a fantastic clipboard that you could programme with up to 10 frequently used snippets, which I have never found bog standard anywhere since (and if someone wants to point out my tech myopia there, please let me know if this does exist somewhere else now!).


CLCL
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