At 10:23 AM 7/27/2011, you wrote:
>Bill Deg wrote:
> >First of all, find me an IBM computer with this error exactly, this
> >is an urban legend.
>I have seen plenty of 486 clones (not IBM) that exhibit this exact
>error. I support several packet sites (a lot fewer than I used to) that
>still use this class machine to store and forward messages. What we want
>on these sites are simple 486 clones with no floppy, solid state
>storage, and not even a keyboard on site. We have to make sure the
>machine we want to use can be started without a keyboard plugged in. In
>many cases there is a BIOS setting to bypass the keyboard, but even this
>setting is sometimes simply ignored.
>We then have to put a note over the keyboard port because I've wrecked
>several motherboards by plugging in a keyboard hot. This is not
>anecdotal evidence. This is my experience. It doesn't always happen, but
>it does happen.
>These are not genuine IBM machines. These are typically off brand cast
>off machines of dubious reputation.
I know there are people down on IBM because of what they did to the
market and their decisions to do this or that. When I worked at IBM
in 1987 as a college junior I was quite proud of the company that
launched the PS/2, OS/2, AS/400, and DOS 3.3 all in the 6 months I
worked there! Made an impression with me. I used to go on sales
calls and helped demonstrate all the neat little hardware features of
the PS/2 especially. Sure Microchannel did not take, but it was very
dominant in the corporate world for quite a while. I should know, by
the time I was 25 I had already worked at IBM, DuPont, ICI, Zeneca,
Independence Blue Cross...all offices full of IBM PS/2 model 50's,
70's, and 80's. The dominance lasted well into 1992-3.