Jorpho wrote on 2020-12-24, 01:23:
There are lots of things that were very important at one time but have since been superseded and are no longer especially useful […]
radiounix wrote on 2020-12-23, 15:19:
286s get little love, but these late 286s are very important in my opinion
There are lots of things that were very important at one time but have since been superseded and are no longer especially useful.
OSkar000 wrote on 2020-12-22, 18:26:
And its a line of computers that I grew up with so its much nostalgia involved.
If there's nostalgia involved, then isn't it up to you to decide what software makes you feel nostalgic?
I'll shut up now.
All of this hardware is superseded, plainly obsolete. Some of it is just more fashionably obsolete because it can play Doom at a cinematic framerate. Other stuff is terribly unfashionable, really anything before a 386DX/40. Just a question of aesthetic experience you're after, which on an early 286 or XT machine, is primitive enough to be humbling . I think 286s get no respect because on one end, stuff from the mid 80s, they properly are kitted with Hercules or real EGA graphics, 84 key keyboards, stepper MFM drives and a 5 1/4" floppy drive, and on the later end, the discount store 286/12s and stuff don't really feel much different experientially from a faster and more compatible 386SX machine of the same year. One is basically a killer XT-style machine, the other a poor man's 386SX.
Personally, I would like to have a proper mid 80s 286 screamer with real EGA graphics and a stepper drive. It's not practical, but I think it's cool -- despite what people say about them being rare, they couldn't have been terribly so-- every back pages computer dealer had them advertised for under $2000 complete with color monitor and hard disk, and every parts dealer advertised an array of EGA cards and monitors.