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My Venerable 386
No small number of members have reminded me that my venerable 386
computer is not exactly with the times in 1997. I have regularly pointed
out, in reply, that it was only recently that I gave up my 1926 Underwood.
(There were compensations: On that grand old machine, we learned fast
touch-typing in a way that never leaves us--in my case, up to 100 wpm now on
any keyboard on a good day.)
Has the time come for me to similarly give up the 386--in computer
years, as I read my mail, now at least as ancient as the '26 Underwood--in
favor of something more up to date? And if so, what? If my journal should
suddenly find itself with a few new subscriptions--and thus with a few
additional dollars--would it be prudent to splurge on a new computer?
It hasn't escaped me that, on a discussion list with 270 computer
experts, one should be able to get at least a small amount of good
consumer-shopping advice. For example, the New York Times (12/2/97, p.
B12), praises the IBM Aptiva E16 ($999) as being superior to competing
machines in that price class. (Frugality is both a principle and a
necessity with a small journal such as ours.) Is that praise justified or
is it just journalistic hype for a big advertiser?
Charles Mueller, Editor
ANTITRUST LAW & ECONOMICS REVIEW