This HP salesman is actually doing a good job selling a device with software well integrated to a touch screen.
And Gary follows up asking "do you foresee the touchscreen replacing the keyboard?" and he's kind of smug about how no one is going to re-write their software to interact with a touchscreen.
(I type, with an onscreen keyboard.)
And now the HP sales guy is going off on voice controlled computers, and everyone else just kind of side eyes him.
I'm really enjoying #computerchronicles
@ajroach42 What do you want to know? First real micro OS. MSDOS borrowed a lot of ideas from it.
Did it work well? Was it frustrating to use?
@ajroach42 Worked great. Ran a BBS on one for years. The MSDOS file tree is better than CP/M, but it looks and feels like MSDOS for the most part.
@Ricardus I know that CP/M was available on many different hardware architectures.
I'm assuming software would need to be cross compiled between systems, and there wasn't some kind of early VM?
@ajroach42 Gary Kildall and Digital Research (his company) also made a better, multi-tasking MSDOS clone that SHOULD have been what PC's shipped with in the 80s instead of MSDOS. The world would probably be a better place if it had happened. We would have traded Bill Gates for Gary, but Gary was a hippie and environmentalist type and probably a better guy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skri1h3Zjrw
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