• Subject: RE: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft
  • From: Joel Fritz <JFritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:41:54 -0800

Mel and Bob--

I stand corrected.  I'm not sure about QDOS, though.  If it is pre '78...

This is an area that has endless potential for arguing.  If you consider the
RISC 400 a new machine and the pc's use of the intel procesors as
evolutionary, it would be possible to kill a few hours.  

Isn't it more fun thinking of it the other way?  What are facts compared
with vision? <g>


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mel Rothman [mailto:melrothman@home.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 10:40 AM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft
> 
> 
> My recollections:
> 
>   The IBM PC, based on Intel's 8088 microprocessor, running 
> Microsoft PC DOS,
> came in 1982.  PC hardware based on Intel's 8086, 80286, 
> 80386, 80486, Pentium
> whatever, etc., came later.  Windows 3.1 and all its 
> subsequent flavors, also
> came later.
> 
>   System/38 with the CPF operating system was announced in 
> 1978 and delivered in
> volume in 1980.  AS/400's architecture and operating system 
> are based on S/38.
> 
>   AS/400 with the OS/400 operating system was announced and 
> delivered in 1988 .
> 
> In my mind, the System/38 - AS/400 family came first.  
> 
> Considering that the architecture has survived, yea thrived, 
> for 22+ years,
> AS/400 can wear its "legacy" badge with honor and pride.  It 
> has given its
> customers amazing reliability, availability, serviceability, 
> productivity, and
> investment protection over the years.
> 
> Disclaimer: I have been an IBM employee for 31-years.  I am 
> an AS/400 bigot,
> currently working in the iSeries Custom Technology Center in 
> Rochester Minn. 
> The opinions expressed are my own.  I have nothing against 
> PCs.  Some of my best
> friends are PCs.  I own four of them and use one at work too!
> 
> 
> Mel Rothman
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Jeff Crosby wrote:
> > 
> > Joel Fritz wrote:
> > 
> > > It's something that's always puzzled me.  Which came 
> first, the 80x86 based
> > > pc or the AS/400?
> > >
> > > I'd argue that from the hardware point of view, the pc is 
> the legacy box.
> > > <g>
> > 
> > You know what?  You're absolutely right.  I had never 
> thought of that.
> > 
> > --
> > -Jeff
> > The opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily
> > the opinion of my company.  Unless I say so.
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