Building a PC - then & now

Ian S. King isking at
Wed Jan 13 16:54:04 CST 2016

Can't build a TV?  Heathkit.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM, ben <bfranchuk at> wrote:

> On 1/13/2016 3:29 PM, Murray McCullough wrote:
>> I was reading in a dated magazine article on the "freedom to build(a
>> PC)": Well you can't build phone; can't build a car; can't build a
>> refrigerator; can't build a TV. Do we have the freedom to build a
>> computer? We did in the earliest days of the PC- the 8-bit era. Heck,
>> that's all one could do! It was limited and is to this day. AMD vs
>> INTEL control what we can do. Has anything really changed?
>> Happy computing.
>> Murray  :)
>> I still think you can build a Car, but VW parts are not as common
> as it was once.
> Ben.
> PS: BUILD A PDP-K, a nice 18 bit that never was.

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
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