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[3]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Tue 28th Aug 2012 15:01 UTC 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[4]: Comment by kovacm
by zima on Thu 30th Aug 2012 04:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-07-06

I didn't want to come across as a fanboy, having already mentioned [something] a few times in comments under other topics.

When did that ever stop you before? ;P

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

TBH I find this particular series of articles somewhat devoid of much real content/insight... like the writer just wanted to publish something (but hey, gives a decent excuse to waste time in the comments)

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Thu 30th Aug 2012 05:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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2011-05-12

Ah, who cares about info or insight, I just enjoy having old computers being mentioned.

These days companies like Dell, HP, Acer, etc... have 25.000 different PC/laptop models EACH. It's hard to get nostalgic about any of them in a number of years.

When you mention a C64 or ZX Spectrum people's eyes light up. I can't imagine the same effect if in 10 years if I mention a Dell Optiplex 755.

But I guess these days it's the operating system that creates the memories and experiences, not the computer itself.

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