[GTALUG] Netflix Recommendation - HCF
mwilson at vex.net
Mon Jan 15 13:06:47 EST 2018
On Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:08:47 -0500 (EST)
"D. Hugh Redelmeier via talk" <talk at gtalug.org> wrote:
> - the IBM PC was not a great technical step forward BUT it set a
> template around which everyone could standardize. The network
> - how much could you legally copy the PC?
I wound up getting a made in Canada XT(?) clone, the Exceltronics BEST.
It worked well, ran all the usual programs, and worked with all the
usual expansion cards I plugged in. I hotrodded it eventually with a
V20 and a memory upgrade to 768K, with the expected results.
The company was terrible to deal with. When I walked in off the
street, the salesmen were confabbing in a corner, so the one who
talked to me and got the business was the high-school intern who was
there for the Apple IIs. They never seemed to forgive me, never
fulfilled the software part of the deal, and I had to get a refund and
buy at one of the other stores along College.
When I went for the memory upgrade, had to go to Mississauga. The guy
gave me the decoding PAL and a stick of ceramic DRAMs with metal tops,
and gouges and scrapes and screwdriver dings. "These have been
through the wars", I said, and he took them and went back and brought a
stick of new plastic DRAMs. It took me a while to reflect that it
might not be the company's fault, that the guy might have got those old
chips at a swapfest, and figured that if he could fob them off on me,
he could keep the new ones for his own account.
But the machine worked just fine.
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