10 Year Rule
mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Wed Aug 30 00:28:27 CDT 2006
>> If you must have an easy-to-state rule, I'd much prefer the form
>> given upthread that was something like "anything well outside the
>> current computing mainstream".
> I think that's completely unworkable.
> In the next room I have a machine. It has a GUI, a mouse, bitmapped
> display, networking, and so on. Sounds like something close to the
> modern mainstram, yes? Well, I think it's a classic computer by any
> reasonable standard. Or do people object to PERQs now ;-).
Oh, stop manufacturing bogeymen. I didn't say "outside the mainstream
in all respects". Nor do I mean that; I think "outside the mainstream
in any substantial regard" or even "outside the mainstream in several
minor ways" should suffice.
But I'm not going to try to logic-chop a detailed definition. If a
detailed definition is needed, we (TINW) have already failed. Besides,
it's not *my* definition that matters, but *Jay's*; if he wants to pick
up my suggestion in some form, great, but that's his call to make.
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