I was actually emulating a guy I do telecom and data networks with. Me
and my old hippie roommate have begged the guy to let us write his
professional correspondence for him because folks don't take him
seriously when he contacts them about a job. He went to high school
and majored in football, it's really embarrassing to look at his Emails
and other attempts to communicate with others via the written word. :-(
Deer John, Ide liak 2 speek 2 U abowt thee data caballing 4 Ur stoar.
That is the funniest line I've read in weeks Who'd have thought that a
computer system would be out of date after only 13 years.
I have a question too. I'm thinking of upgrading to a color monitor . . . .
. . . . . . . .
I have some customers who are still running DOS, it just works. The only
problem is that it may not run on this super newfangled hardware that's
on the market these days. I have to dumpster dive and scavenge old boxes
wherever I can find them for the old parts. :-)
One reason is that DOS has no knowledge of USB devices (or hard drives
larger than 32Mb(?) ). Further, older machines don't HAVE USB ports
(although a USB card can often be added). Wouldn't matter if they did,
native DOS still can't access a USB port.
We have users of our DOS-version software of eleven years ago (when we came
out with a Windows version). It still works. Even in our shop, we have a
Compaq Portable II that runs DOS. We use it to monitor communication over a
serial port. For what it does, it does it well.
Nonsense. USB, OK, but I've booted DOS 6.22 on boxes with 20G HDDs,
Bingo! I still have floppies of w98 dos, dos 6.22, and w2k boot
floppies with its virtual dos, in case I run into crippled Windows
boxes. I no longer fess to knowing how, but I've got 'em jes the
I've tried it and it's a disaster sometimes. I have had apps that slow
down the CPU so the software would run but damn! It's easier to drag out
old parts than to try to spend all day getting a DOS business
application to function without GRONKING every 5 minutes. I just
straightened out a Blockbuster video store that used DOS based software
to run the applications. It runs serial at 38400 and 10/100 Ethernet
on the same cable with a splitter setup on each end. It runs on some
late model Lenovo ThinkCentre computers and uses com 1 to communicate
with the server and the Ethernet goes to the credit card pen pads. It's
loads of fun to spend hours on the phone with Indians I can barely
understand to get that nightmare running.
I'm not a programmer but it seems to me that the DOS software I have a
problem with was written for 16 bit machines back when my 386/20 was
considered blindingly fast. Something to do with different address
locations for memory, interrupts and timing. Like I wrote, I'm no
programmer. Within the last decade, Domino's moved away from DOS/Win98
communicating with dumb serial terminals to Ethernet IBM ThinkCentre
for terminals running Win2000 or XP then later to thin clients for
terminals and I think it's embedded XP. I like thin clients because
there is no fan to suck dust, cornmeal or flower into the darn things.
They're a lot more trouble free when used in place of PC based terminals
in the food service industry. Now if they would all ditch MS for Linux
or BSD, I think there would be less trouble. ^_^
I don't doubt that it is doing the job it was designed for, but to curse
"planned obsolescence" after 13 years is kind of over the top for
electronics. You can still buy CRT TV's too, but few are sold. WinXP and
W7 are far better in many respects than any of the former operating systems
so there is no reason to stop improving.
At work we have XP machines and have no intention of upgrading until they
start to fail in a few years, but they have been solid performers for what
we do. At that time W8 or W9 will be the choice.
Oh, good Lord. Any pretense you might have had to any hint of a shred of
credibility has been utterly destroyed by your recommendation of what is
arguably the worst OS that Monkeysoft has ever produced -- and they've had
some turkeys. I mean, really. Win2K??? Even Win95 would be a better choice
To the contrary, I had the misfortune of being required to use Win95 on the
job for several years -- which is why I never installed it on any of my own
machines. Apparently you've never used Win2K either at home or on the job,
though, or you wouldn't even think of suggesting that someone use it. I stand
by my statement: Even Win95 would be a better choice.
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