Karlsweldt wrote:Heh, you could be my father.
Maybe more of a 'grandfather' type. Recently notched my life's mile-stone a 72nd time!
A lot of those processors of years gone by are no longer remembered.. or found. Salvaged for the gold content.
Today, AMD and Intel are the primary source of CPU types. But go back maybe 25 years, you had a wide field of manufacturers for CPU types. This included Motorola, NEC, Via, Cyrix and such forgotten names. Way back in 1971, a "fast" processor ran at around 400 MHz!!!!!!!!!!! And system memory may have been only around 256 KB. When the ancient XT system was popular, the 8088 CPU was top dog, running at around 4.7 MHz. But NEC developed a CPU that ran at 15 MHz and was a "drop-in" type.. the NEC V20. Ah, such blazing fast speed!!! Yet we still relied on floppy drives for all programming and file storage. A hard drive was a luxury unaffordable by most. If you had a 10 meg hard drive, you were very well-to-do!! As to DOS versions, there was constant upgrading as the processor speed and peripherals improved. Mr. Gates is well known to be the "father" of OS programming. But he once worked for IBM®, and suggested a better way to create an operating system for computers.. that got him fired! He went on to create the Microsoft® empire. But in the early years, there was a warning on IBM® manufactured computers that forbid any Microsoft® software from being installed!!
Sorry if I am an 'old fogey'.
Don't worry, it's interesting to see someone with real experience from the older computing days! The oldest computer I have is the C64 with a huge Commodore 1541 5.25" floppy drive, probably too new-school for your taste, with its color graphics and 3 channels of digital sounds with analog filters. Such a great retro machine.
Computing was different back then, I understand very well how the older generation might miss the golden days of putting a floppy floppy disk in the drive and wait a long time before the program loads. Might as well make a cup of coffee in the meantime. Or at least if you had those tape loaders, man that thing is really testing your patience!
Kind of ironic that the good old 5.25" floppy disks were less fragile than the 3.5" 1.44MB disks. Just walking home from school with a 3.5" 1.44MB in your pocket could very well lead to a CRC read error when you got back home to play some games.
I have a 20MB XT hard drive somewhere, but it's knackered. It was found in an Amiga 2000 that I bought off someone's hand. Those old disks are like jet engines when they're starting up. Much more interesting than booting up a modern hard drive. I imagine that drive being insanely expensive back in the mid/late 80s.
And wow, I didn't know that early IBM computers had that "Don't install Microsoft software" warning on it. That's very old-school!
Anyways, old computers are very interesting, and I'm glad to have it as a hobby. Better not use this thread any further for this discussion, as it's rather inrelevant to the topic.