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Red State Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:58 AM
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Remember when DOS commands were all we had???
I was NOT enthused when Windows came along. Sitting smugly at my PC with 512K, I thought that if you couldn't manage DOS you had no business with a computer :) hahahaha!!!!!
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:59 AM
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1. Me too.
I still hate windows as I can't control it like I could DOS.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:00 AM
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2. I use shell commands and scripts in Windows all the time
I am a system administrator. Often shell commands are the easiest way to do things.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:03 AM
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6. No kidding, GUIs are for lightweights
j/k, they both have their advantages but if you're a good typist it really is faster
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:01 AM
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3. Yep. And I remember going to Kinko's long ago, sitting at a Mac
-- which I had never used -- and asking the clerk, "How do I get out to DOS?" :eyes: at self
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Red State Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:27 PM
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27. Hahaha! I knew just enough to be dangerous.
I have never used a Mac - the opportunity just has never presented itself.
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nostamj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:02 AM
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4. DOS?
i remember UNIX.... <creak creak>
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:04 AM
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8. Oh yeah? I remember punch cards!
so there! :P
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nostamj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:06 AM
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9. oh shut up and take your geritol!
;-) damn these elderly show-offs!
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:09 AM
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11. OK I will
right after my nap!! z-z-z *dreams of Eniac*
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artv28 Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:48 AM
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18. I remember before punched cards
we used to chisel data
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:28 AM
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21. Oh yeah? I remember a pencil and paper!
Beat THAT!
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:25 PM
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32. And no
calculators for physics. Just my trusty old slide ruler. Heee. I, too, am of the punch card generation. The computer to read/compile the programmes took up one whole floor of the engineering building at the University of Manitoba. Ah, memories. Carrying around a shoe box full of my programmes, then dropping it and trying to resort them. Those were the days, my friend.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:02 PM
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28. I programmed on punch cards as an undergraduate
I finished my Bachelor's in 1980. Now when I go to visit the university I see thousands of students who weren't even born when I graduated.
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:59 PM
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37. I was a punch card operator and a tape libraianian..so there put that
in your smoking jacket...I had an IBM computer with an 8" floppy...the program was inserted in the top..the data disk in the bottom...of course that was the NEW PC as opposed to the EXTREME machine I worked with in the insurance company!
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:03 AM
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5. ahh... the good old days....
when my sig line was....


Toto, I don't think we're in DOS anymore.....

:o
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Union Thug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:04 AM
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7. I hated it when they finally made it impossible
to run dos independent of WIndows.

But then again, I still think of the early 90's as the golden age of the Internet.
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:08 AM
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10. You can hack Windows 2000 with dos commands.
Oh yeah, it's real secure. NOT!
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:28 AM
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12. and if you knew how to type, it was faster than windows
Remember how fast you could shut down... copy files and all that good
stuff. I really miss a 100% keyboard interface, truth be told, it used
to be faster 10 years ago to make documents than it is today with all
this shifting back and forth to the mouse.

For the 4th time, i've again purchased "visio" diagramming tool, and
am unimpressed that micrsoft mucked it up when they bought it from
visio. It seems anything gets neear microsoft, it gets slower and
changes the focus on my whilst i type.

Like when a new browser is starting, and i'm typing in a URL and it
changes the focus to some other window... yea right, the only user
of the PC was dying to have the focus changed... than's bill you
technology moron.

I realize that somewhere in the gears, that a hacker can fix all the
problems, but why should the average user be punished for not be a
windows master geek.... Windows is just another case of american
market failure... no innovation, fat profits, gouging and monopolistc
practices, like upgrading every 2 years and forcing all customers to
buy new crapola.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:39 AM
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14. Microsoft is bloatware!
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:27 AM
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20. The new Visio is HORRIBLE.
Microsoft knows NOTHING, NOTHING about usability. It continues to blow my mind, the extremely basic usability principles they break. They are purveyors of the worst, most crappy software EVER in terms of ease of use. Honestly, I think that MSFT's attitude towards usability can be shown in the fact that not one, not ONE of their newsgroups focusses on usability -- and they have HUNDREDS of newsgroups. I also have yet to find ONE msft blog on MSDN that talks about proper design.

They stink so bad at usability that they smell like a three day old skunk that's been left out in the rain. And covered with dog poop!

Sorry, </ >
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msgadget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:36 AM
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13. It took me forever to give up DOS
programs even after I went to Windows. There's a bit too much remove, especially after XP...
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:39 AM
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15. Yes
I still don't like Windows.
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Done Donating Member (680 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:46 AM
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17. I use DOS all the time.
I still write in qbasic. Never did like the newer stuff as much.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:44 AM
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16. I remember DOS and having to punch in commands by hand.
Never could master the arcane gibberish necessary. I was convinced then that computers would remain the realm of nebbishy enthusiasts.

Shows you what I know! :eyes:
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:07 AM
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19. I tried XP Pro and went back to Win98SE
because I couldn't use a lot of the DOS apps I liked. I still find DOS Shell kind of handy sometimes. Maybe I will try setting XP up again sometime soon and partition my HD so that I can still use Win98 from time to time.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:48 PM
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30. &*$#@&** Teenagers!
I wanna go back too, but the kid's games have to be XP!!
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:29 AM
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22. I work for a company that did remote dial up servicing
of our customer's computers. We'd regularly dial in using a home grown remote management program... and the only thing we had to get around was DOS. I still remember all of those DOS commands... Ah, the good ol' days. OS/2 was the Big Thing to come along back them! :)
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:31 AM
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23. No. I'm not a Microsoft type n/t
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Dzimbowicz Donating Member (911 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:53 AM
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24. Yep, sure do.
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 11:55 AM by Dzimbowicz
I also remember having to write code in Assembler and JCL.

On Edit: The entire mainframe, which took up an entire room, originally had one meg of RAM, but was uprgraded to six meg. It also had thirty-five pound 250 meg removable hard drives.
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masaka___ Donating Member (181 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:23 PM
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25. Using Linux, now.
I wasn't very thrilled with Windows (or Microsoft's business practices) either.

The command line is still my favorite interface.
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Cadence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:39 PM
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26. Yep. I still remember my first batch file "program" that
I wrote.....oh and dialing in to bulletin boards before the internet.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:03 PM
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29. I remember when Windows first came out. I didn't "get" it at first.
I also remember my first computer game - a DOS-based, text-only game.

(And I thought I was pretty hot stuff at work when I got a 486.)
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:56 PM
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31. I got yhe first computer in my office.
I was later the envy of everyone because a later 'puter had 40 meg. I also remember Fortran cards, dialling up the university's mainframe to run an oh-so-simple mapping programme.

Don't remember that pencil thing though.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:40 PM
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33. "In MY day..."
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:48 PM
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34. My first computer was a Mac.
I think I started using it when I was two. Maybe younger.
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tyedyeto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:54 PM
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35. A commadore (sp?) 64 was my 1st...
ahhhhh....those were the days.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:57 PM
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36. I loved scripts and such... today, it's just 'wham, bam, thank you maam'.
:-(
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