You mean there was something BEFORE Windows?

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John Gray wrote:Just looking up on my study shelf I can see the 3½" thick package containing PC DOS 6.3.
I miss the manuals (also for mainframes) very much. I'm a reader, and would devour those manuals on the bus/train to and from work. Or while eating my sandwiches at lunchtime.
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ChrisGreaves wrote:...
I miss the manuals (also for mainframes) very much. I'm a reader, and would devour those manuals on the bus/train to and from work. Or while eating my sandwiches at lunchtime.
I used to work on an operating system called VMS (later renamed to OpenVMS) in the 1980's, and I'd get all the source code listings on microfiche whenever there was a new release. I really enjoyed reading those, and they were invaluable when I was trying to fix a problem.
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All this talk about MS/DOS brings to mind UNIX. Doesn't it predate MS/DOS? In fact, wasn't the genesis of DOS in UNIX?
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According to the Wikipedia article for Unix, Unix is from 1972 (although precursors were developed in the 1960s), so it certainly predates MS-DOS.
However, MS-DOS started as a clone of Digital Research's operating system CP/M. Both CP/M and MS-DOS were specifically designed for Intel processors, while Unix runs on almost any hardware.
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I learned a bit about CP/M 2.2 for file handling on my disk-based Amstrad CPCs. When I was sent on a DOS course for work, I was amazed that they were so similar.
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Rudi wrote:... it would be called DOS in a Window, because ...
Windows 23 will be unrecognisable from Windows today, it will be all cloud or Vaporware, with a Vapour Operating System causing those of us who still care about computing to demand "Vos is Dos?"

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Chris said:
those of us who still care about computing to demand "Vos is Dos?
:rofl: :laugh: You DO occassionaly come out with a good one! :clapping:
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ChrisGreaves wrote:Windows 23 will be unrecognisable from Windows today, it will be all cloud or Vaporware, with a Vapour Operating System causing those of us who still care about computing to demand "Vos is Dos?"
I agree, this deserves the Quote of the Week seal!! :clapping:
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Rudi wrote:I agree, this deserves the Quote of the Week seal!! :clapping:
If not the Seal of the Week. Clapping.
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That gets the seal of approval:
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Chris will be ecstatic!
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viking33 wrote:Chris said:
Glad you liked it, Bob.
I was thinking of you!

P.S. occasionally?!!??? :grrrrr:
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Rudi wrote:Chris will be ecstatic!
Actually, no.
Happiness in the knowledge that I'm brilliant and my sense of modesty are but two of my many redeeming attributes.
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So, as Hans put it earlier... Your lips are sealed!
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Rudi wrote:So, as Hans put it earlier... Your lips are sealed!
Absolutely.
Nowadays it's a battle when walking up Bay Street between opening my lips enough to mutter-along-with-Roberto to the Spanish language podcasts and the lip-balm (wax to you) which is supposed to stop my lips from looking like a dessicated clay-pan.
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Claude wrote:To be honest, I preferred CP/M to MSDOS.
From page 332 of Charles Petzold’s “CODE” Microsoft Press ISBN 0-7356-0505-X
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viking33 wrote:For you youngsters out there who didn't know ...
From page 376 of Charles Petzold’s “CODE” Microsoft Press ISBN 0-7356-0505-X
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Leif wrote:
viking33 wrote:For you youngsters out there who didn't know there was an OS before Windows....
And according to the otherwise referenced Frequently Asked Questions: Windows 10 - Microsoft Community, "Company officials decided to choose 10 because they believe this release is a 'Perfect 10' and to also signify this is the last major release of Windows."

So, what is going to come after Windows?
The MAC! :evilgrin:
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Skitterbug wrote:
Leif wrote:
viking33 wrote:For you youngsters out there who didn't know there was an OS before Windows....
And according to the otherwise referenced Frequently Asked Questions: Windows 10 - Microsoft Community, "Company officials decided to choose 10 because they believe this release is a 'Perfect 10' and to also signify this is the last major release of Windows."

So, what is going to come after Windows?
The MAC! :evilgrin:
Hi Skitterbug,
Since Bowlie seems to have dropped out of sight,(?) you have to pick up the slack and be the MAC resident expert. Though I don't recall many questions about those watchamacallits? :grin: :evilgrin:
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viking33 wrote:[
Hi Skitterbug,
Since Bowlie seems to have dropped out of sight,(?) you have to pick up the slack and be the MAC resident expert. Though I don't recall many questions about those watchamacallits? :grin: :evilgrin:
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