dave at horsfall.org
Sat Jun 16 16:36:48 AEST 2018
On Fri, 15 Jun 2018, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
>> E.g. Watson was talking about the multi-megabuck 704/709/7094 etc, and
>> I think that Olsen's quote was about the DEC-System 10...
> At the time, those were the only computers out there. The "personal
> computer" was the myth of the day. Go back and look at the prices IBM
> and DEC were charging for their gear. Even in the modern context, that
> hardware was more expensive than the rediculously inflated prices of
> housing in Vancouver.
Precisely, but idiots keep repeating those "quotes" (if they were repeated
accurately at all) in some sort of an effort to make the so-called
"experts" look silly; a form of reverse jealousy/snobbery or something?
It really pisses me off, and I'm sure that there's a medical term for
I came across a web site that had these populist quotes, alongside the
original *taken in context*, but I'm damned if I can find it now.
I mean, how many people could afford a 7094, FFS? The power bill, the air
conditioning, the team of technicians, the warehouse of spare parts...
Hell, I'll bet that my iPhone has more power than our System-360/50, but
it has nowhere near the sheer I/O throughput of a mainframe :-)
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