I can't agree more than that. It's an old story now, but my father ran the original, retail, non-English copy of Windows 95
on a 386DX40 just fine. Fine, as in the sense of the day. It was a business machine only, but some degree of performance
were important for him. He used if for homebanking (anyone remember Videotex services ?) and software development.
Back then, he upgraded to 16MiB of RAM using expensive 4MiB 30pin SIMM sticks, which was a lot in '94-'95.
About the same time, I had got my 286 with 4MiB of RAM, running good old Windows 3.1.
As you may guess, the hard disks also weren't cutting edge. My HDD was an 80MB Conner, as far as I remember,
whereas his 386 got two drives and a QIC streamer. The HDDs were 125MB and 250MBs, afaik, the latter being used for data only.
Ironically, my PC's HDD hardly ever had anything to do. Good old 3.1 mainly lived in those 4MiB of RAM and didn't do any swapping in Standard Mode.
His PC was differently, though. Its HDDs always "were on the run" (busy) and doing their stuff from time to time ("tick-tick-tock-tohhck".
In contrast to the article, though, an installation of our Win95 on that PC didn't take up six hours.
Just about 30-45min from CD-ROM, for the standard components, if my memory serves me well. 😀
Edit: I perhaps already wrote that before, but that 386 was about the most stable platform i saw our copy of Win95 ever ran of.
It wasn't until the 486/586 time when I made contact with those infamous "blue screens" and machine hangs.
Perhaps because these new machines had PCI, ACPI and more and complicated chipsets which were too advanced for 95.
And as far as computer jokes go, Windows 9x and MS-Office really brought them to a new level.. 😉
Edit: If I had to rebuild our old 386DX40, I would install 32MiB of RAM (8x 4MiB SIMMs) along with
the right amount of cache, provided that the motherboard in question would have enough RAM slots..
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