>> ... but on modern hardware we have enough to burn.
> Wasting anything just "because we can afford it" is generally
> a bad idea.

With which I absolutely agree.   But it seems only I wonder how
much farther ahead Windows/Linux might be, if their kernels and
drivers [as a MINIMUM!] HAD in fact been done in assembly code!

>> Most of us like this progress.   While I do enjoy tinkering
>> with my old hardware, it's not usable for things that most
>> people need to do today.
> No, you're wrong; it's not usable for bloated software of today,
> not for the things that most people do:
> #v+
> "Check out the results! For the functions that people use most often,
> the 1986 vintage Mac Plus beats the 2007 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+:  9
> tests to 8!   Out of the 17 tests, the antique Mac won 53% of the
> time! ...

Little surprise to me, after Lucho's 2008 comment that my own UIDE
"beat THEM, 2 months ago!", referring to Windows.   And UIDE still
doesn't use any interrupts, due to ancient "Brand I" chipsets that
UIDE had to support, despite those chipsets' "errata" [i.e. BUGS]!

> ... It can be stated that for the majority of simple office uses,
> the massive advances in technology in the past two decades have
> brought zero advance in productivity".
> #v-

With which I ALSO absolutely agree.   Now, I have a 1-GB AMD 3000+
system, with a 120-MB hard-disk plus other relatively "high speed"
items, in comparison to the 16K (yes, I said KILOBYTE!) mainframes
I began on in 1966.   GUESS what systems did far more USEFUL work!

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