PeeCee clones; was:PCW's 25 worst tech products
trixter at oldskool.org
Wed Jun 28 21:46:42 CDT 2006
J.C. Wren wrote:
> On 6/27/2006 at 7:11 PM Jim Leonard wrote:
>>>> I was *all over* IBM until PS/2. "I can't put my existing boards in
>>>> Why the hell not? Who made *that* stupid decision?
> What makes you think this was a "stupid decision"? The MCA bus was
> capable of *40MB/S*, which at the time was rather remarkable. ISA is
Yes, that is remarkable, but last I checked the PS/2 line doesn't have
*any* ISA slots which means people had to buy sound cards, joystick
adapters, SuperVGA boards, internal modems, etc. etc. all over again.
At 2X the price. That was a colossally bad move for the consumer
market, which ended up driving the market the most anyway.
> Everyone seems to think every damn card, bus, and system made should
> be backwards to the AND gate. Get over it, move in to the 90's. At the
> very least.
Hold on a second: PS/2 came out in 1987. For someone who bought their
XT for $3000+ just four years earlier, it did not sit well that all the
internal hardware (HD, HD adapter, etc.) had to be purchased all over again.
The reason EISA, VESA local bus, PCI, etc. were adopted is because the
new technology and old technology were on the same board. So users
could grow gradually, adapt as necessary.
I'm in the same proverbial boat today, actually: I want to upgrade my
ailing video card with one with a faster GPU (read carefully: faster
processor, not bus architecture) but all the cards that fit the bill are
PCI Express and I don't have a PCI Express slot on my motherboard. So
I'd have to upgrade the motherboard... and memory and CPU because the
new motherboard doesn't support what I have either. Just because I want
to get a better video card. So I'm understandably irritated.
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