[LMB] OT: sort-of -- Internet/computer access for the poor

fred smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Sat Sep 24 19:29:41 BST 2011


On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 01:59:40PM -0400, Paula Lieberman wrote:
> The Motorola 68000 chip was essentially a single chip implementation of the 
> LSI 11....

First time I've heard that.

the 68k family DID have a similarly nice instruction set, though, so 
there may have been some inspiration from pdp-11/lsi-11/VAX
architectures.

> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: fred smith
> Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:59 PM
> To: lois-bujold
> Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: sort-of -- Internet/computer access for the poor
> 
> On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 12:16:47PM -0600, William A Wenrich wrote:
> >Paula Lieberman wrote:
> >
> ><snip>
> >
> >It wasn't making the profits it wanted (HP with the tablet disaster,
> >rocketed HP into a bottom of the barrel for outstanding incompetence in
> >marketing with AT&T, Wang, Honeywell, Morrow, Commodore, etc. in the
> >computer industry.  <snip>
> >
> >========================================================
> >
> >Don't forget Digital/DEC in your list. Before the IBM PC, before the MAC,
> >even before the Apple Lisa, DEC had the LSI-11 chip set that ran the 
> >PDP-11
> >operating system. With some slight tweaks (say change PIP to copy), they
> >could have repackaged it for consumer use. It was far more powerful than 
> >the
> >Intel 8086 chipset. However,  the LSI-11 was only built as a rack mount.
> >Management refused to put it in a commercial case because, "DEC doesn't 
> >make
> >toy computers."
> 
> That's where I learned assembly language first! man, was I spoiled.
> what a great, easy to use assembly language. I can't bear to even
> look at the disgusting excuse for assembly that PCs use. 
> 
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