[Coco] Fw: Re: The CoCo Crew Podcast -- Episode 35 is available!

Deny Wilson deny.wilson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 17:12:33 EDT 2018

That's probably a better explanation for what happened to the market. I can
place the blame on IBM, too. All I know is that there were more interesting
and better computers than the IBM clones of the time, and it's too bad most
of them never survived. The one that did wants to iOS-ify the desktop. Ugh.
I am an iPhone user, and even I think that's a horrible idea. Yes, I do
need my 14 windows open at the same time, and yes, my browser does need 2
windows and 30 tabs a piece...

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Salvador Garcia via Coco <
coco at maltedmedia.com> wrote:

>  Again, my apologies! Salvador
>    ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Salvador Garcia <
> salvadorgarciav at yahoo.com>To: Deny Wilson <deny.wilson at gmail.com>Sent:
> Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 4:00:57 PM CDTSubject: Re: [Coco] The CoCo Crew
> Podcast -- Episode 35 is available!
>   On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:36:19 PM CDT, Deny Wilson <
> deny.wilson at gmail.com> wrote:
> <snipped>I still curse the fact that
> Microsoft and Intel basically destroyed all the interesting computers from
> the 80's.
> <snipped>
> I have a different theory. I was in Mexico during the better part of the
> PC revolution (1984 - 95), so I can only share my perception.
> Personally, I blame IBM. This company was always the de facto standard for
> large corporations. Before 1981, Radio Shack and Apple were vying for
> control of the corporate world.. Both wooed schools, with Apple taking the
> lead.
> When IBM came out with their personal computer and the promises that
> accompanied it, many flocked to it. Corporations, large and small, went
> with the company that had decades in the business of taking care of
> business' computing needs. From one day to the next, IBM was competing and
> sweeping the floor with Radio Shack and Apple. Back then the IBM PC was
> expensive. I recall seeing prices going up to $3,000 (USD). Still, business
> saw these computer as the "safe buy", and hence the motto "Can't get fired
> by buying IBM" was born.
> Soon, other manufacturers started to make IBM compatible computer and thus
> the PC Clone market was born. The vendor figured out how to make IBM PC
> compatibles for a lower cost. While IBM was selling for $3,000, other began
> selling for $2,000. costs for components began to go down, so computers got
> more powerful while retaining a similar price tag.
> The the Intel 386 came out. Tech people were as eager for this processor
> to debut as movie goers are excited about the next Avenger movie.
> Since the IBM PC and clones were still expensive, they were limited to
> business use. This gave the Other Computers a second lease on life and many
> continued to be used well into the 90s. But by the mid to end 90s, prices
> on PC clones had come down enough that the price difference between a PC
> clone and Other Computer was negligible. Once the PC Clone was inexpensive
> enough more and more people migrated to this platform, reaching a turning
> point where many manufacturers of Other Computers folded.
> Currently, anyone that goes to buy a computer will be buying a
> Microsoft/Intel (WIn) machine. The few exceptions are Android and Apple.
> :-) Salvador
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