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    anyone remember DR-DOS or PC-DOS or MS-DOS 2.x & 3.x

    I remember creating config.sys, autoexec.bat, and other BATchfiles on my old ibm 5250, moving up to a 286, 386, 486... I think my longest config was close to 20 lines, autoexec was close to 50 lines --- lots of SET and CHOICE lines respectively.
    Now, after giving up Windows 98SE not too long ago, moved onto Windows 7 Pro, I can say: times have changed! what sayeth thou?
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    Ah! The days when your software wasn't overly complex and you had to squeeze every last drop of memory out of your system. I'm glad times have changed, now I can concentrate on being productive.

    cheers, Paul

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    DR-DOS was Digital Research DOS, then there was also IBM-DOS also known as IBM PC-DOS or just PC-DOS and several of the later versions weren't released to the public but used on their own machines. Some of the later versions for consumers were simply rebranded from MS-DOS. Some versions were coded for Apple's PowerPC computers.

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    Yes back to DOS 1.1 to 3.21
    Now I use Windows 8.1 and have 10
    8.1 works the best of all

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    Until 64-bit versions of Windows became prevalent I used to use the IBM PC-DOS "E" editor to write BATch files.
    Now I can't be bothered to learn Notepad++, PSPad, and the like, and just suffer the ghastliness of Notepad.
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    Come come BATcher, Notepad++ couldn't be easier! I get frustrated with Notepad 'cos it's too simple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Until 64-bit versions of Windows became prevalent I used to use the IBM PC-DOS "E" editor to write BATch files.
    Now I can't be bothered to learn Notepad++, PSPad, and the like, and just suffer the ghastliness of Notepad.
    I have been using metapad for some time now. http://liquidninja.com/metapad/download.html and other places for download.
    metapad also can print whole or selected portions of a text file, much easier than using notepad for printing.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 2014-11-09 at 08:58.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    https://drive.google.com/?urp=https:...nVoY0g4UkpFWlk

    if anyone is interested, the above link will take you to my itty bitty DOS&WfW311 directory, there are three zip files which will give you an idea of how much fun I had with config.sys, autoexec.bat, BATchfiles, configurations for a few of my earlier DOS-based programs. I used PC-Write 3.03 for creating and editing above files. Now, one can use metapad just as easily.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    If you didn't start with CPM, you're a newbie. And MS-DOS was stolen from Digital Research by a company in Seattle that adapted the 8-bit CPM to a version that would run on the new Intel 16-bit 8086 processors, and then sold it on to Microsoft.

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    I remember, my first purchased DOS was version 2.0. I think I stayed up most of the night reading the manual.

    That was about the time this infamous quote came out.
    "No one should ever need more than 640 K of RAM." or similar BTW for you youngun's Bill Gates said it. ;-)
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    I had OS2/ Warp 3 but never installed it.

    Remember the handy little programs from PC Magazine(?) like DIRMATCH?

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    Or DOS World and PC Novice? I never got to use GeoWorks though some folks swore about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    That was about the time this infamous quote came out.
    "No one should ever need more than 640 K of RAM." or similar BTW for you youngun's Bill Gates said it. ;-)
    In fact Bill Gates denies saying this, and it appears to be an Urban Myth that he did.

    Here's a fairly authoritative article about the matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Until 64-bit versions of Windows became prevalent I used to use the IBM PC-DOS "E" editor to write BATch files.
    Now I can't be bothered to learn Notepad++, PSPad, and the like, and just suffer the ghastliness of Notepad.
    EmEditor is widely considered the top text editor at present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    "No one should ever need more than 640 K of RAM." or similar BTW for you youngun's Bill Gates said it. ;-)
    I thought it was attributed to an IBM exec, but who knows.

    cheers, Paul

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