Quick update. There's a little game database utility called "OfflineList" for Win32 (last news update: 2007).
Databases with pictures etc. can be added optionally in the form of packages. Looks promising. Various platforms.
Found it while browsing http://retropc98.narod.ru
Kahenraz wrote on 2022-11-18, 08:54:
That's amazing. I'm quite allergic to any Windows prior to 3.1 (3.0 only makes me sneeze). So it's fun to learn of these kinds of things from a safe distance.
Understandable. Windows 3.0 was a great hit, but quickly surpassed by an improved version, nameley Windows 3.1.
While both look similar, Windows 3.1 is multiple times more complex. Even more than Windows 3.0a with Multimedia Extensions 1.0.
What's great about Windows 3.0 is its Real-Mode kernal, I think. It can make use of new features, such as EMS (for Windows applications) or new printer drivers,
while simultanously retaining compatibility with Windows 2.x drivers and real-mode applications. It's really neat for that, in contrast to being 808x PC compatible.
Windows 2.x on the other hand.. It was praised for it's Windows /386 version, which did multitask DOS program nicely, but that was long ago..
Nowadays, it seems to be the least interesting version. For several reasons.
One is the fact, that it isn't as iconic as version 1.0 - just like the IBM PC/AT Model 5170 has less fans than the IBM PC Model 5150 or PC/XT Model 5160.
Or the 80286 has less fans than the old 8088/8086. It's just not having that emotional value to many people.
Speaking of emulators, I think its kind of ironic that the Tandy 2000 with its 80186 CPU wasn't emulated by popular emulators such as 86Box/PCem so far, also.
Because that was the #1 PC used for Windows 1.0 development, albeit being merely a DOS compatible PC. Even Mr. Gates himself valued the Tandy 2000, AFAIK. (see ad).
As for Windows 2.x.. It was the first "real" Windows kind of. Real, since professional programs like PC Paintbrush, Page Maker, Ami Pro, Excel and Word were ported to it first time.
It also was the first Windows that was around in the late 80s, when hobbyists did start writing their first programs for Windows (Easel, Klotz etc).
Or when screensavers appeard, like Magic Screen Saver (a proto After Dark).
These programs were compiled against the "MS Windows API", not necessarily version 2 of it. Because, information wasn't always up to date (books, magazines etc).
Windows itself wasn't significant enough yet to be fully taken advantage of, also. Many early programs used a subset of features merely.
Unfortunately, many of these early shareware/freeware programs for Windows are gone by now.
Their files were replaced by updated versions when Windows 3.0 came out.
Places like hobbes, etc. don't have the old versions anymore; they were being replaced in 1990/1991 already,
when shareware CD-ROMs were sold and the first FTPs went online. Only hope left are late 80s personal backups or 5,25" companion diskettes sold with Windows books, I guess.
Here's more information about Windows /386:
https://gonnagan.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/win … ith-256-colors/
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