Elminster wrote:Commie_User wrote:Not sure I agree. The first QL were a bit rubbish due to being rushed out before ready, but after the kinks were ironed out they weren't bad. My dad had one, I had Electron, and the Psion business software and demos were amazing, and they always seem to be bring gadgets out, he had a twin cumana 3.5 disk drive and a monitor. All at a fraction of the cost of an IBM PC.
Intersting. I remember IBMs advertising around the PC which centred on the library of available software for it, a bit like how, these days, just about anything you can think there's a mobile phone app for. ICL produced a machine based around parts of the QL, though, called the One Per Desk. Clearly their take was a bit more like where have got to today where most people's computing needs are taken care of with a web browser, a video player and an office suite and this combination is available on various different platforms - Windows, MacOS, Linux, ChomeOS, even tablets. Their idea seemed to be that the PISON suite of office applications plugs connectivity would be enough because custom software, specific to your business, would presumably run on the mainframe, perferably one of theirs.