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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: Which basic compiler to buy?
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 12:07:55 -0500
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> "Michel Catudal" wrote in
> message news:email@example.com...
> > Dave_S wrote:
> > >
> > > In the 90's Bill Gates had a standing offer that he could accomplish
> > > writing any office/database program in QB 7.0 professional that
> > > function as well as anything written in C or he would pay the
> > > challenger $10,000
> > >
> > The same moron who said that 640k of ram and 40M of hard disk is more
> > than most people would ever need.
> To be fair, IBM's hardware set the memory limit.
Sorta. Intel's hardware set the addressability limit. System hardware
and BIOS had to go somewhere in the address map. Note that the original
PCs shipped with 160K floppys.
BTW, though it wasn't advertised it was quite easy to use 704K of
memory in the original PCs. The 'A' segment wasn't used until the EGA
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