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Old computers

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Not to sound arrogant, but I can’t often take seriously the age-old user complaint that “my computer is slow.” To paraphrase the late Lloyd Bentsen, “I have worked with slow systems. I know what slow means. Your computer is not slow.” In the early 1990s I witnessed first-hand an IBM 8088 PC struggling valiantly to load a copy of Word Perfect 5.0 from a 1.44 Mb floppy disk. It literally took so long that I could have eaten lunch and probably taken a quick walk around the block. A far cry from waiting 20 or 30 seconds for Firefox to finally open.

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