>> OS2 Warp?
Company I worked for did some killer comms stuff with OS/2 ... that shit ran faster and was more stable than anything we put out on Windows platforms. Still running at hundreds of airports.
Windows 3.x was shite. It brought task switching and GUI to the masses, but there was not getting around that it was shite. I don't complain too bitterly though- the very crapness of the OS is something that enabled me to land my first couple of jobs.
If you don't know why the AmigaOS failed, you're demonstrating a complete ignorance of the 90s personal computing market. It certainly wasn't for want of advanced OS or hardware.
Last edited by jgl; 05-11-2008 at 05:34 PM.
woa.. someone that heard of amiga lorraine... 8-P
ya real multi-tasking environment that died when commodore lost out to apple II...
gaz > give the C64 a break, the tape recorder was developed for the Vic16 and by the time C64 came into the stream it was 1541 that was doing the 2-3 minutes load of each programme.
But remember, those guys were going headon against the Apple IIA and Apple IIB/C... pretty much on part and much better graphics/sounds...
Last edited by freeier; 05-11-2008 at 05:47 PM.
Wow... c64 tape-loading games. I remember we'd press "play" on the tape recorder then go for a swim in the pool whilst waiting for it to load.
I went the Apple II - > Wintel route and was highly envious of the c64-> Amiga crowd. They ended up choosing the dead hardware platform, but AmigaOS was at least a decade ahead of its time.
Imho you can call Win ME crap since it was outdated at its time and buggy beyond reach. You could even call XP and 2000 crap since they came to the market in a time when it was obvious that every home computer might be connected to the internet, a hostile environment, and still have all kinds of services listening on open ports. WfW did what it promised, imho. You declare it to be shit without giving an example.
I do, however, remember that you usually could run every piece of software that worked under DOS X under DOS X+\delta, and under Windows as well. I remember that Microsoft even included special routines to make software that called unofficial/unsupported functions work on later OS versions. That was a tremendous effort, and it was something that distinguished Win/Dos from all other OSes these days.
It is a very cheap statement to call any piece of Microsoft software crap. Invented somewhere else before, buggy, deprecated, yada yada yada. But back then, there was a reason why Microsoft was attracting more and more users and developers, and that was not because it was a giant marketing machine (like today). That was because you - as a simple user - could rely that whatever mediocre task you wanted to use it for, it'd do.
Speaking of old...
this was my first computer in 1980something - the Osborne. 24 lbs but fit under a plane seat. Big 5" B&W display was 52 characters wide. Dual floppy drives, a 4 mhz CPU, 65 KB main memory!
The lid folded down to be a keyboard.
Para and serial ports, came with CP/M op sys, wordstar and supercalc.
I loved it as much as I now hate Vista.
oh yeah, the price then... $1795 US
Last edited by TigerSun; 05-11-2008 at 08:36 PM.