Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If there's one over-used buzzword currently making the rounds in the technology industry, it's 'post-PC world' - or the notion that desktops and laptops are a dying breed. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's printing and personal systems group, thinks this is a nonsensical notion - and he's right.
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RE[5]: Trickle down
by kwan_e on Fri 21st Sep 2012 05:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Trickle down"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

IBM had opened up the specifications for their BIOS


I think you'll find IBM had it opened for them by Compaq. Further proof the non-existence of Intellectual Property is directly good for society. Also does more for the economy than allowing any single entity to control ideas, and I daresay, would do a lot for the single entity if it learned how to let go and move on.

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RE[6]: Trickle down
by leech on Fri 21st Sep 2012 19:53 in reply to "RE[5]: Trickle down"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I think I basically said that ;) Pretty much the spec for creating expansion cards were there for manufacturer's to make, and then it was more or less reversed engineered to create their own BIOS to emulate the IBM PC. If the other makers (Apple, Atari, Commodore) had opened themselves up for clones, the computer landscape would probably be VERY different today.

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