Re: [ reactions ] Re: [NYT] Microsoft Is Set to Be Top Foe of Free Code

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From: Joachim Feise (
Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 18:07:01 PDT

Andy Armstrong wrote:
> Anyone remember the ACT Sirius (which was called something else in the
> US) and the DEC Rainbow. These were early IBM PC contemporaries.

Sure remember both. I only had access to a Rainbow, though. My brother was a
dealer for them back then. They fared miserably in the marketplace, at
least in Germany.

> Sirius was a particularly distinguished bit of kit because it
> * had a really neat hi res mono display
> * had an approximately CLV (constant linear velocity) floppy drive
> which
> according to popular legend could be made to play tunes
> * looked a hell of a lot better than those boxy first generation IBM
> PCs
> If I remember correctly the DEC Rainbow was a dual processor (Z80 /
> 8088) machine.

Yup. Nice at that time because there wasn't that much software for the
8088 yet. I ran lots of 8080 programs on it.


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