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I'm not so sure about the underwhelming part. The 8088 is a lot more powerful than the 8-bit systems that were popular when the IBM PC was introduced. Writing programs larger than 64KB is quite possible on an 8088, but requires nasty, non-standard bank switching hacks on 8-bit systems.
As far as I remember, the monochrome and Hercules adapters provided a much better picture than the systems that were basically designed to be connected to a color tv.
PC clones got built-in harddisks long before that was standard on other systems.
I have to admit that I never cared much for PCs until I could afford a 386. 32 bits and a MMU are the baseline requirement (for me) for a general purpose CPU. Unfortunately, many designs based on the mc68k architecture did leave out the MMU because it was an optional extra.
25th Anniversary of the Personal Computer" 4195
Anne & Lynn Wheeler Fun! -- but of course the salient difference is that the Lisp Machine was designed to be used that way (and only that way) from the get-go. I have...
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