Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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RE: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Tue 28th Aug 2012 12:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by kovacm"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

It's just a shame home computers are not really mentioned, apart from the Apple II and TRS-80.

The article says the IBM PC arrived and dominated. It did so only after a while, starting at work before invading homes. The first PCs cost a fortune.

No mention of the ZX81 which was pretty affordable by the masses.

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RE[2]: Comment by kovacm
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 13:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-07-06

Even worse transgression: no mention of the Commodore 64, the best-selling single computer model of all time, and which occupies a very large part in some of the linked diagrams http://jeremyreimer.com/postman/node/329 - it was basically the only thing really ever competing numerically with the IBM PC.
Still, I wonder how much the numbers used for those graphs are skewed for North American market - apparently ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum ), the Spectrum family sold 5+ million units not counting clones; considering that C=64 sold ~15 million, Speccy should be easily visible on the graph & much more than "Other".

Oh, and no mention of the Amiga, the sign of things to come WRT multimedia for the masses.

But what really surprises me is that you, MOS6510, didn't grumble about those two omissions ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Tue 28th Aug 2012 15:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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2011-05-12

I didn't want to come across as a fanboy, having already mentioned the C64 a few times in comments under other topics. The C64 does make a small appearance in the graph.

But if the topic is computers for the masses the C64 certainly should be mentioned as Jack Tramiel wanted to keep it relative low cost to allow more people to buy it. The ZX81 was affordable for the masses, the ZX Spectrum/C64/Amiga/Atari computers were bought by masses.

Maybe Linux should get a mention too, an operating system so cheap anyone can afford it and it runs on all kinds of hardware.

It kind of seems the writer just wanted to jump to the points he wanted to make about the more recent stuff.

But to be fair, it would make a very long article if he gave everything its credit.

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by kovacm on Wed 29th Aug 2012 09:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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2010-12-16

Even worse transgression: no mention of the Commodore 64...


that was my first though also ;) but I did not wan't to spoil article.

yes, author should definitely read: "THE HOME COMPUTER WARS" by Michael S. Tomczyk ;)

or, at least, could watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIcAyFVK0gE ;)

Edited 2012-08-29 09:13 UTC

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