Re: The best of times, the worst of times
Much of the problems came from the Intel - Microsoft constellation. The 68K had no segmentation, nor did the 6502. I worked in a company where we made a ship navigation system with moving maps where the console was a BBC Model B powered by a 2 MHz 6502. You could get most things done but you had to think carefully.
I know someone made a reprogrammable cell phone based on the Z80 in the early days of GSM. Much of the advantages of modern tech has been eaten up by sloppy programming.