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Re: Windows 98 and DOS Question

I don't remember any huge issues with running DOS programs in Windows 98's DOS 7.1. I think there were a couple of games where built-in copy protection couldn't calculate the checksum of a FAT32 partition or something like that, but this was not a difficult problem to solve (nudge nudge wink wink). …

Re: english, the planetary language

I don't mind the imperial measuring system on its own: after all, people used it for hundreds of years and somehow managed to build houses, bridges etc. Imperial screws, on the other hand, are a satanic invention. This is especially true for British products since Britain has (or had?) about a dozen …

Re: english, the planetary language

We're quite lucky that it's English that is the modern lingua franca. It's rather simple as far as languages go (its slightly tricky phonetics notwithstanding). If it was a language with non-rudimentary conjugation, declension etc., our life would be much more difficult. The truth is that English …

Re: english, the planetary language

We're quite lucky that it's English that is the modern lingua franca. It's rather simple as far as languages go (its slightly tricky phonetics notwithstanding). If it was a language with non-rudimentary conjugation, declension etc., our life would be much more difficult.

Re: Retro confessions. What are yours?

I have no nostalgia for the Atari ST. It was always an inferior platform with terrible sound, with mediocre games and mediocre ports of Amiga games. Maybe it was worse if you only wanted to play games, but it was a better machine for getting work done. Amiga with its crappy PAL/NTSC video modes and …

Re: Apple is getting off Intel CPU’s ?

AnandTech published their analysis of Apple's CPU microarchitecture and performance: https://www.anandtech.com/show/16226/apple-silicon-m1-a14-deep-dive TL;DR . A14 (the 5W iPhone chip) has CPU cores that are faster than any x86 core except Ryzen 5950X. M1, which obviously has more headroom, should …

Re: Apple is getting off Intel CPU’s ?

No, I actually think that's inexcusable in 2020. However, they only transitioned low-end models today — I'm pretty sure they will release a more powerful SoC (M1X? M2?) which will be used in their more powerful laptops and will come with more RAM.

Re: Retro confessions. What are yours?

Some people are probably going to hate me, but I think Amiga's failure was well deserved. Commodore wanted to make the system cheaper to use for a home user and made some technical decisions that really hurt it in the long run (like sticking to NTSC and PAL video modes). The OS was impressive for …

Re: MATROX mga-myst/2bn (PCI)

It is a very fast 2D video card, in DOS it's roughly on par/sometimes faster than GeForce 2MX400. It's 2D image quality is also great, at least in resolutions up to 1280x1024. It doesn't have great DOS compatibility though with artifacts in games such as Commander Keen series and Prehistorik/ …

Re: Apple is getting off Intel CPU’s ?

Bruninho wrote on 2020-08-05, 02:25: Yikes. I am still using a rMBP with a fourth gen i7... actually it isn't that bad. But it just gets hotter and the fans go crazy when I use VMware or some similarly heavy stuff. Apple uses notoriously bad thermal paste, you probably need to repaste it at this …

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