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  • pylesm pylesm Aug 14, 2000 1:19 PM Flag

    Same thing 25 to 30 years ago

    Not quite 25 yr. ago was a very profitable outfit
    that provided time sharing (Tymshare - I believe it
    was a division of McDonnellDouglas)... there were
    others (IBM) ... and contrary to what you say, the model
    worked quite well then... and is beginning to work well
    again. At that time, I was working for a datacom co.
    that sold X.25 pads/switches that many co.'s were
    using to link to Tymshare apps. Today it should work
    even better because back then the "public data
    network" was not so public as it was usually an X.25 net
    that charged on a per usage basis. Now the net is free
    with the only charge coming from the ISP for net
    access.

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    • What all happen to them? Yes some of the big boys
      did make money. But many did not!

      How long
      ago did they get out of the business?

      If you
      also remember 25 years ago the industry did not have
      the different ranges of equipment as they do now.


      Everything was geared toward the large mainframe
      installations, and all equipment was very expensive.

      The
      market share was lost when the Midrange size system were
      announced.
      IBM system 3, Wang systems, HP-3000, Etc.


      What did a IBM 360 rent for a month?

      The
      market is not the same.

      Is Tymshare still in
      business?

      Why did this type go by the way side? The
      total cost!

      You also connot be comparing
      Infinium to a IBM or Mcdonnell-Douglas.

 

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