Originally Posted by MishelLngelo
I remember that "Original PC" with 8088, company that I worked at the time got me that one from IBM because I was running whole production of brake discs from a Timex Sinclair ZX 81 (with added 16k memory) , production planing, part number crossovers, parts lists etc. So they bought me that "real" computer but it ended at book keeping because there was no program for DOS that could do what I needed it for. That PC cost like a small car at that time and came in dozen of boxes so it took me 2 days to get it running. Ended up porting that program from ZX81 to a CPM computer because MS DOS could not run C+.
Yep. I think that thing was nothing more than custom IBM PC. I put it in storage 5 or 6 years ago and it was still running when it went in. I believe it started with PC DOS 3.X and it was upgraded to something newer. Everything went to MS-DOS from there aside from one PC that was running PC-MOS386 for some piece of equipment and software my Dad worked on.
Originally Posted by ozlay
my first desktop amd was the AMD K6-2 233 MHz was overclocked to about 333mhz first laptop AMD was a Mobile K6-2P 433 MHz my first AMD server cpu was a opteron 165
i had a via Cyrix3 somewhere in between there was cheaper then amd and intel at the time and was faster wish via would compete with amd and intel agian in the high end market
Originally Posted by Quasimojo
I tried Cyrix way back in the day too. You could get them for a fraction of the cost of Intel procs, so I thought, "Why not?" My question was answered rather quickly.
All the Cyrix's we ran were faster than the Intels and AMDs. That brief moment in time where there was some form of competition with more than 2 processor manufacturers. Though if not for IBM I would be somewhat doubtful we would have the 2 we do have.
Nostalgia time: We had two NEC machines that could run circles around anything else and were built like tanks. My favorite PC to this day is this gigantic black and polished aluminum NEC ordered in 97. It came with a CD burner and DVD drive. The top of the tower that held the disk drives could detach from the tower and was connected by a cable. The smaller box was about the size of a shoe box and had two line green led segment display showing temps, drive space, messages, and media details. It had a Matrox graphics card with TV out and had dual monitor support. Only drawbacks to that beast were that it was a NEC so nothing was really standard inside of it and it weighed 60 lbs. Did match the Rio PMP300 that I got the next year though.