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We remember OS/2 for Mach 20, Microsoft’s best-selling software

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We go back to the year 1987. Date on which Microsoft decides to partner with the company Portable Computer Support Group to launch a revolutionary software model that improved upon the Mach 10 model that had emerged just a few years earlier.

The Mach 20 built on the idea of ​​the Mach 10, ditching its 4.7 MHz 8088 CPU and introducing an adapter capable of driving the Mach 20 card via a ribbon cable attached to an expansion slot. The Mach 20 worked with a 8MHz CPU80286with built-in mouse ports and retailing for $495.

The new model featured room for expansion, an empty socket for a 80287 floating point coprocessoras well as an expanded memory Mach20 Memory Plus with 3.5 megabytes of RAM, this being high-speed and non-blocking of the ISA bus on the main motherboard. The secondary board was Mach 20 Disk Pluswhich allows you to connect 5¼ or 3½ floppy drives.

What caused the success of Mach 20?

The key to the success of the Mach 20 over its predecessor (Mach 10) was not the hardware itself, but its new customized version of OS/2 software, which took advantage of the 80286 processor and expanded memory. Despite being a model adapted to Mach 20, they manipulated OS/2, but their performance was not as expected. Nonetheless, as many as eleven copies were sold, of which eight were returned.

The programmer Raymond Chen, in a recently published article about OS/2 for Mach 20 on the ‘Microsoft Developer Blog’says that this “could be the best-selling Microsoft software product of all time.”

Portable Computer Support Group was a company known for its disk caching software ‘Lightning’and now put its technology at the service of Mach 20.

The IBM PC had five expansion slots and it was in great demand, since it needed: one for the hard drive controller, one for the floppy drive controller, one for the video card, one for the mouse, and one for the printer’s parallel port. All this without counting the network card or RAM, although you could bet on the well-known multifunction cards.

Really, the success of the Mach 20 card was due to its cost, since it was of $495, a figure less than the 4,000 dollars that supposed to buy a new IBM PC AT. However, he would not allow new AT peripherals to be plugged into his modified XT, not to mention, Raymond assures, that his video card was still really weak.

Technology was advancing by leaps and bounds, but companies could not afford to make large financial outlays to acquire new computers, since they had to amortize them for at least seven years, following the instructions of their accounting departments.

For all these reasons, these new software updates began to emerge, such as OS2 for Mach 20, since they could be hidden more easily in the budget of companies. They were sold because there was no other choice.not because they were successful and efficient.

The origins of the Mach 20

It is interesting to know the sources from which the Mach 20 drank for its development, this being the launch in the mid-1980s of the expansion card for the IBM PC and PC XT; Mach 10.

Mach 10 occupied an expansion slot, he replaced his 4.77 MHz 8088 CPU with a 9.54MHz 8086 CPUgiving you twice the performance for less investment than an IBM PC AT.

Like other noteworthy elements, it had a special adapter which led via a ribbon cable to the Mach 10 card, plugged into the empty socket. Similarly, he highlighted his mouse port, without the need for an additional expansion slot. However, it did not achieve the expected sales success, and that is why Microsoft plunged into the launch of Mach 20.

As Raymond rightly points out, there are many technological products, such as the aforementioned OS/2 for Mach 20, which have succeeded due to market circumstances, not because of their excellent features.

Years later, for only 300 dollars, the Orchid Tiny Turbo 286 as an expansion card that renewed IBM PCs. Later, Intel would release the Inboard/386 to upgrade your IBM PC, PC XT, or PC AT with an 80386 processor.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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Windows Server 2008

When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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