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    Something for all you nostalgic OS fans

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    Banyarola,

    Thanks, very interesting. I'm sure all the MS bashers won't like it though.
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    RG, you are absolutely right...

    I'm happy to have the opportunity to aggravate them more then they already are...
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    I did not follow this route, although I did start with 3.1, then 95, then 98, the ME (hate to admit that 1), then XP, then Vista, now Win 7. I usually did the clean install route rather than the upgrade route. I would think that installing many other apps and security tools might have caused more compatibility issues to the upgrade route, but who knows. A very nostalgic look.
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    down memory lane.

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    I started with DOS....

    My first computer didn't have the OS installed and it ran on 5 1/4 floppy drive.

    When Hard Drives came around I bought a 40MB hard drive for 350.00.. I still have that Hard drive...

    Then, the INTERNET was on and I we used all the Government bulletin boards, like the SBA and National Geological site for email.
    They all had toll free numbers and had to configure the modem for each site..There were only three colors back then and because the modems were so slow you had the option of viewing the site in color or B&W..

    Email wasn't bad but sometimes it tool two days to get and email.. You could get a letter from the post office faster.

    I used Bluewave Mail Reader which was a great mail program but they never made it for windows.
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    Banyarola,

    Youngster! I started on PCs, we won't go into before that, with the venerable TRS-80 Model I, Basic in ROM...yes that is Radio Shack! 16Kb memory, cassette drive for storage. A great machine at $600, at least for that point in time. Want a floppy disk add 1 expansion unit $300, another 16Kb memory $300, 160Kb Floppy drive $300 {they seemed to be stuck on that number.
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    That's nothing RG:

    I started when a modem was a hollow log and interference was caused by bad weather or Indians...

    I traveled to Albany New York in a stage coach and crossed the Hudson river to New York City in a canoe! Without a paddle!

    So there!
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    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...
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    Banyarola,

    I bow to your superior experience.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Thank You..
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    Heck, My grandkids (and many of my much younger co-workers) think I started chiseling on rocks! And dragging my "mate" by the hair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    [...] And dragging my "mate" by the hair!
    No possibility of that with you, eh, Ted?!
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    No sir, I have been growing through my hair for many years (you know as the brain cell grows, so does the cranium)
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    I started with submitting punched cards to a service that ran the job in the early morning hours on the weekend. Turn around-time was one week. In those days programs were extremely simple and you made sure it would work before submitting the job. That was high school. College was much better - the turn around-time on the punched cards was about 4 hours during the day. Then you could afford to be a little sloppier in coding, but then the programs were also more complex.

    First personal computer was an Atari 800 with all of 8KB on it. And that was a big deal because the earlier model only had 4KB! I did get an attachment for it that served double-duty as a disk drive controller and as a CP/M machine. I had a lot of fun with that.

    First "PC" was DOS. I recall using Word for DOS and all the pain and effort I went through to incorporate pictures within my documents.

    Then I went to Windows 2.1, 3.0, 3.1 then jumped to NT 3.5, 3.5.1, 4 and Windows 2000. Then to XP, did a brief Vista stint (needed 64-bits) and then 7. I had Windows 98 on a new Gateway that I bought, but 98 lasted only a few days before I overwrote it with NT 4.

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