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Comment: Re:technical people don't market their things well (Score 1) 366 366

And my point is obviously made by this very discussion....

anyway, I didn't say Intel invented little-endianess, just that in the 'early' days of the PC, most non-PC microprocessor applications were 680x0 processors (Mac, NeXT, Amiga, VMEbus systems, every laser printer, early set-top-boxes, many PDAs, ...... on and on). Technical people chose the processors for those machines, but Intel/Microsoft were the king of marketing to the consumer.

Comment: technical people don't market their things well (Score 2) 366 366

Tech folks get into specific discussions about the best solution to a problem. People just want to buy 'the best'.

If I had my way, we would not have Intel processors in machines and Windows would have ended at 3.1 when it was clear it was a poor solution. The market didn't work that way and I still have to live with bits in the wrong order and drives identified by their letter.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.

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