First post, by Jo22
I just realised the now famous Norton Commander was released about 30 years ago*.
It's astonishing how much time has passed since then and how technology evolved.
Back when Norton Commander was new, the NES was the new hot games console everyone wanted.
The first Amiga just came out, Tetris appeared and the Atari 2600 was still a popular console among video game players.
This was a time before the Web existed, before modems were popular and affordable. A time we watched back to the future.
In these early days of online services people were -if at all- connecting via acoustic couplers to mailbox systems (BBSes), Fidonet, the Usenet or now forever gone services like Quantum Link (Q-Link), GEnie, CompuServe or the Minitel/BTX/Videotex family.
In those days, kids dreamed of having their own walkman and robots were still a fascinating thing.
And of course there were no smartphones, so people had to send each other a message in a bottle, phone each other
using an ancient, analogue communications medium (do you remeber telephone boxes?) or met in real life face-to-face ..
Ok, there were already pagers, fax machines, car phones and -oh- you could send messages via earlier mentionend
online services. And there was CB radio, of course. But you know what I mean..
There still was a faint veil of magic and mystic surrounding technology of the day.
As for myself, I've been using this version since it was given to me by my father several years later
when I was a very young person.
It's glowing blue appearance accompanied me trough many nights and days when I was on my PC playing
games, reading text files or doing ASCII art.
Here's a photo of the original version and the manual from 1986.
Curious ? Read The History of Development of Norton Commander
But enough talking, enough about me.. What about you ?
What kind of memories of Norton Commander do you have ?
..or did you use the another program or a clone ?
And how did it affect your computing experience ?
Please post your memories! Everyone is welcome! 😀
And don't forget the cake, err.. the photos!
(*Eventhough the exact release day isn't known, the file date of NC 1.00 is said to be 05/15/1986. See the hyperlink above.)
(My copy was released a year later, but the day and month are the same. So May, 15th really is the birthday. Happy bday NC!)
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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel
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