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The technical history of the PC. Any good books?


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#26 Keatah ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2019 11:33 AM

Yes. I right in the middle of reading the 6th edition, published at the height of the 486 or right after it began falling out of favor.

 

It's interesting to note that they say Apple could have set the PC (as we know it today) market in motion. But they didn't because they didn't license their ROMs/BIOS in any substantial way. There's Franklin and Laser and Bell & Howell, but that's only 3.

 

Apple systems, while solidly built still didn't stand up to the metal construction of the 5100, 5150, and later models, either. Compaq had the right idea of talking with other manufacturers to see what they wanted in a system, and agreed to work together to simply make it easier instead of fighting 500 different standards. Another thing that Apple didn't do. And the failure of MCA and EISA are also explained and blamed on cost of mobo manufacturing and that the boards would outperform the peripherals that were attached. To what end? A waste of $200 extra? The market didn't like that.

 

There's so much more goodness interspersed in these "bibles" of DOS, Norton, Repair + Upgrading, and BIOS. I'll leave it up to you to conduct your own research into the history of the PC.






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