Building a PC - then & now

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Wed Jan 13 17:01:37 CST 2016

Errrrr...Heathkit is long gone.

However, there are at least a few car guys that might have a thing or
two to say about the original post.


On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 5:54 PM, Ian S. King <isking at> wrote:
> 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.
> --
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