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trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Aug 3 02:10:51 CDT 2006
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> My own experience stretches back a bit further (I have socks that are older
> than you) and today's hardware is nothing short of miraculous in terms of
> cost and reliability.
I can see where the guy is coming from, though. Modern hardware is very
reliable, but the software is just terrible. Drivers in particular. I
have a 3D program that displays perfectly on one machine, and resets the
display every time you render on another. I have a Linux box that keeps
forgetting what it's IP address is, DHCP or not, and the catalyst for
that behavior was a new router (!?). It's crazy.
One of my favorite hobbyist experiences was working on my 386/40 -- I
had a finely-tuned DOS setup, had QEMM to manage the memory, and
everything was properly aligned and non-conflicting in terms of IRQ and
DMA assignments. It Just Worked(tm).
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