Introduction to the Tenth Edition

“If automobiles had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.”

—Robert Cringely

This Book was so much easier to write 20 years ago. Computers were relatively new, and they were all pretty much the same. There were only two important differences—whether a computer was an Apple or a Wintel, that is, running Windows on an Intel processor. There were some variations in size, portability, and the customization enthusiasts could do by installing different drives and expansion boards inside PCs. Stuffing the newest-fangled components into my computer at PC Computing, the magazine where I ...

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