thinking of the "ultimate" retro x86 PCs - what bits to seek/keep ?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Fri Jun 10 10:50:30 CDT 2016

>> Easy enough to have missed their short-term domination of the market if you
>> happened to have been on holiday.

On Fri, 10 Jun 2016, Liam Proven wrote:
> By the time I started work and so started using PCs, DOS 3.3 was
> current and PS/2s were proliferating.
> I apologise for my ignorance.

What's to apologize for?
Missing out on the short-lived reign of 720K was not hard to do.
To me, being in college was a lot like being on holiday.  My generation 
was part of the transition from "wine, women, and song" over to "drugs, 
sex, and rock&roll".  We knew that personal computers would be coming 
soon, but they weren't yet available.  We had boxes of cards, and 
occasional tapes, instead of floppy disks.

The remark about missing it if on holiday is a "humorous" idiom.
The time of the 720K 3.5" was short enough in IBM, that you could almost 
have missed it if you slept late that day :-)

I was involved in disk format conversion, so I was one of the few people 
to whom it was important.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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