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On Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:43:46 -0400
Kracked_P_P---webmaster <> wrote:

I hated CP/M 

It was nearly indistinguishable from DOS, or DOS was nearly
indistinguishable from it, depending upon ones perspective.

The other rooms had old Apple [before Macs] and they had
CP/M OS options, ...

No, they didn't.  Early Apple PCs ran the MOS Technologies (later:
Mostek) 6502.  CP/M never ran on anything but the Intel 8080 and
Zilog Z80. (And only on the latter because it was a superset of the
former.) Eventually, Kildall realized the 8-bit processors' days were
numbered (duh) and created CP/M-86, but, by then, it was way, way too

The shame of Kildall's mistake was that going from the 8080 to the
8086 instruction set would have been a boringly trivial exercise,
since the 8086/8088 family was essentially an 8080 on steroids.

Those were the days of the early home PC market and the beginning
of a PC in every home idea.  Before them, most home computer
devices were toys.

People did some truly useful things with those "toys."  My "toy"
computer ran inventory and purchasing control for the company for
which I worked, at the time ;)

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