Back In My Day

Webcomic Storyline: 

Help Desk, by Christopher B. Wright

Comic Transcript: 

CUSTOMER: I don't understand DRM, I don't understand patents, and I don't understand Intellectual Property. Whatever happened to the days when you guys sold computers and software?

ALEX: I don't know. I think I was ten.


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Did Microsoft (yes, I know this isn't "Microsoft" exactly, but the parody is obvious enough; spare me the hairsplitting) ever sell computers? I thought their hardware was limited to peripherals.

I don't think they ever sold entire computers...

... though I think at one point they did sell some components that went into a computer, when they were just starting out. Can't remember specifically, and I'm too lazy to look it up right this moment. :-)

Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

...sure they did!

The Softcard counts as a computer in my book, anyway.

Just because it required an Apple IIe as a "mandatory peripheral" to supply keyboard, storage, video output, and ...err.. RAM...

Well, computer-ish, anyway.

Does the XBOX count as a computer

Well they have shipped the Xbox and Xbox 360, which technically are computers.

As for the comic I think the customer is referring to the tech industry in general, not just Ubersoft. Yes I do realize that I am analyzing the dialog in a web comic.

Keep at it...

"Yes I do realize that I am analyzing the dialog in a web comic."

It's dirty work, but someone has to do it....