Taken: AT 286 motherboard with mathco

M H Stein dm561 at torfree.net
Sun Oct 14 12:01:48 CDT 2007

>Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 08:53:06 -0600
>From: "e.stiebler" <emu at e-bbes.com>
>Subject: Re: Taken: AT 286 motherboard with mathco

>I think people worked/played more with the computer more back then.
>Meaning wrote utilities, improved stuff, changed something, and were
>proud if it.

Really??? Have you browsed the Internet lately and seen the amount of
software & mods out there, and the just wild and crazy things that people 
are doing with their PCs? Seems to me there are a heck of a lot  *more* 
people writing utilities, improving stuff etc. today, and far more complex
and sophisticated stuff at that (especially since there's so much more 
room for improvement ;-).

Perhaps the *percentage* of computer owners who dug into the hard/software
was higher then, but most of the time you *had to*, whereas today most of
it is done for fun and enjoyment, as well as pride of accomplishment.

And I think you're ignoring the business users of then and now; for them
and probably for most people computers are after all just a tool to do some 
specific task(s). Although many of us like Tony are interested in and enjoy
poking around in the innards of cameras, clocks, computers etc., most 
"normal" people just want to take pictures, know the time and send an
e-mail or two.


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