Saturday, 7 July 2018

MS-DOS and Its Discontents

quote [ “Windowing and desktop environments are a solution looking for a problem,” said Robert Lefkowits, director of software services for Infocorp, in the fall of 1985. “Users aren’t really looking for any kind of windowing environment to solve problems. Users are not expressing a need or desire for it.” ]

Features a nice hardware intro on the Wintel principle.
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[by Paracetamol@8:26pmGMT]


Ankylosaur said @ 12:17am GMT on 8th Jul [Score:1 Insightful]
cb361 said @ 1:43am GMT on 8th Jul
In fact we should never have abandoned punched cards.
zarathustra said @ 2:06am GMT on 8th Jul [Score:1 Funny]
Fuckin reactionary. You probably think it should have been Miss Dos and later Mrs. Windows nee dos. .
knumbknutz said @ 12:07am GMT on 9th Jul
The downfall all started with television - it never should have been invented

Mr. Show - The Last Donut
Paracetamol said @ 7:03am GMT on 8th Jul
Here‘s the author himself talking in the comments:

Parents and their old software… oh, man. I struggled for years to find ways to let my dad keep using his WordPerfect 5.x for DOS. Our latest problem has come since he upgraded to Windows 10 and his trusty Outlook Express doesn’t work anymore. He doesn’t really understand *why* he can’t keep using what he’s always used, and I know he’s convinced that I’m just being stubborn in trying to force him to use all this new-fangled stuff. He’s at an age now where learning new things doesn’t come easily, and it kind of breaks my heart to subject him to this, but what can I do? Leave him with Windows XP and see how many viruses he can collect?

… and actually you still see complaints about Dosbox having trouble to emulate certain printer or networking hardware because that's what doctor's offices use to keep their trusty systems running.

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