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os/2

in Milliways
OS/2 is something I have always enjoyed reading about. What went wrong? How did windows beat it? That was a pivotal moment when the pendulum COULD have swung the other way (but didn't). As anyone here ever messed with it? How good/bad was it? (just curious)

Re: FTP is dead (in Mozilla Firefox v90)

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Along these same lines.... A friend of mine just bought a new computer with office.....and was complaining that the office version is online only. Problem is - she lives in a remote area where broadband is NOT available Wow...whatever happened to the days when you bought software on a CD. You put …

Re: suggestions for windows XP

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I refuse to do phone activation, and not even sure that still works Call me paranoid, but don't tell me micro$oft doesn't record the phone number, and suddenly your phone number is "out there" I refused to check work email from home anymore because they implemented two-step authentication (as far as …

Re: What do you regret throwing out?

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I had two Sony 15 inch CRT monitors I threw out (although not both at once). I regret it...but then I don't. Haven't missed them (aside form the occasional fit of nostalgia). Maybe there is a time to let go of things....

visual c++ 5.0

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Just curious.... I have an old copy of visual C++ 5.0. I never really spent any time with it. Is there any point in doing so now? Being that this came from the 95/98 era, I am dubious that any programs developed with it would even run on a modern comuter But I could be wrong....

Re: suggestions for windows XP

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Well - I guess I had to see it for myself Reinstalled XP, complete with SP3 - "unable to connect to activation server" And THIS is why so many people protested the activation nonsense End of an era

format question

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I got a new SSD drive - and it is formatted ex-fat (nothing new, I have a smaller one with the same format) BUT there are a lot of small files and it is TREMENDOUSLY wasteful of space versus a magnetic drive formatted NTFS Is there really any good reason not to reformat the drive NTFS?

Re: fading away

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And something else I realized as changed - storage. CD and DVD now seems (almost) as archaic as floppies. I started creating backups on hard drives many years ago. First it was just mirroring what I had on DVD. But now - there's just no putting the genie back in the bottle - the drives have slowly …

Re: fading away

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Continuation - I never liked that XP activation concept - that's why I stuck with 98se for so long. It was the last OS you could install from a CD-ROM without having to connect to the internet for updates or activation or some other nonsense. I

Re: fading away

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Ah...floppies are still viable yes.....but only for small files! Most files...not even word processing documents...are not going to fit on a 1.44 Mb floppy anymore. I thought about the network idea And hard drives....better be sure your "newer" motherboard still has an IDE interface I have a 4 Gb …

fading away

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Just a (more or less) random thought Seems like older systems are becoming less and less viable. I already killed off DOS and 95 - oldest I now use is 98se. And it is fine for running older apps......but the problems arise getting files off the machine. Floppies are no longer viable, only some …

Re: Retro paradox?

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Since C64 was mentioned in a previous message, I'll mention something I have pondered over the years. I would argue that when the C64 came out, it could do more and was a better buy than the PCs of the era (XT). BUT then think about how primitive it really was. It couldn't even do something like …

Re: Retro paradox?

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Well...in the "old days" you DID have to know more about inner workings. Code WAS tighter because it HAD to be. But now....development time seems to be most important. Which is how we got to where we need a quad-core computer with 4 gigabytes of RAM to open a text file 😉

Re: Why DOS died...

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As hardware advanced, DOS took less and less advantage of it. The way I understand it, as far as DOS was concerned, a 386 or 486 was really nothing more than a fast 8088

Re: What do you regret throwing out?

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I'll turn my own question around and say what I DON'T regret throwing out - two tape drives - the kind that ran off the floppy controller. BAD technology - way too slow, and capacity was really not there. But - I suppose better than nothing

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