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If you read that headline and didn't immediately flash on Packard Bell, you're either too young to know, or have successfully wiped the whole sordid episode from your memory--in which case, brava!

Before Microsoft made its customers its operating system beta testers, Packard Bell made its customers its quality controllers--and if that jargonish little phrase throws you, it just means that Packard Bell made it a matter of business to literally fix 'em up and ship 'em out. The first person to actually hit the power button and see if the dang thing worked? Oh, that would be you!


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Mar. 27th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)

Luckily, back in the day, I worked on a mainframe system with its own, cryptic, command-line language. Of course, that's also unfortunate since it was proprietary and not applicable anywhere else once I left. I didn't touch a PC on a regular basis until MS 3.x was out. And I had bought my friend's old Mac :)
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