Lawrence Shadai

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  • @nick99nack said: 2020 will be the year of Linux on the desktop! Or, I'll keep using Windows 2000 until I can't anymore. It works well enough for me right now. I've been skeptical of the "THIS is the year for Linux on the desktop" …
  • To be honest, I resent being ordered in all caps to "DEAL WITH THE ISSUES". I started the two year process to switch from Windows to Linux in the mid-2000's. While this is not practical or possible for everyone, it worked out great for me. From w…
  • One clear thing I recall was that 1-2-3 for the PC could support a much bigger spreadsheet in RAM than the early Mac programs. 512k was pretty small next to 2,048k+ that a good PC could support. I also recall a number of developers complaining that …
  • It is easy to change what drives and directories things are expected to be found on via the settings menu. I used this program for years and I started off on twin 360k floppies, then RAMDisk (long story) then running it off of a 3.5" boot floppy bef…
  • I started phasing out Windows and phasing in Linux back in 2004. By 2008, when I had the 98se/2k drive on my then main computer die, I could live without it. No regrets. I understand if others stay with Windows, but I was able to pass.
  • 2004 vintage HP notebook /w 1.25 Gigs of RAM and a 1.4 GHz Celeron (PIII type core) and it is kept off the internet. I use it for legacy gaming and word processing. For that I use WordStar and JoeStar.
  • WordStar 4.0 Professional: I use it as an "editor on steroids". When I have a long day at the hospital it is a perfect choice to have on my Chromebook (via Linux VM and DOSBox) because I don't have F1-10 keys. Plus- with DOSBox throttled down plus k…
  • As far as Windows 7 goes, I liked it in spite of being anything but a fan of Microsoft. I tested 8, 8.1 and 10. The ads and constant changes, plus telemetry just turned me off bad. The adding of Telementry to 7 hurt it on my brother's laptop too. I …
  • DOSBox opens up a ton of DOS games, Stella for Linux opens up about 500 classic Atari 2600 games. I run them both on a system with a 2004 vintage Celeron and 1.25 Gigs RAM.
  • I use AppleWin for Apple ][ and Apple CP/M. atari800 for Linux works very well for me now. DOSBox runs halfway decent on my Chromebook- a miracle all things considered.
  • @SomeGuy said: "Oh boy, that thing was slow as hell..." My TI-99/4a would beg to differ. My first computer was a Sinclair ZX-81, the US version known as the Timex-Sinclair 1000 with 16k of RAM and a tape recorder for saving. Even with …
  • I swear I saw this features on "Computer Chronicles" !
  • Thanks for the Manual ! IIRC: 4.0 was the last version released for CP/M. I also think 4.0 Professional was the best version in terms of performance and features at the time of release.
  • Thanks so very much for hosting software like this ! I loved SO 5.2 ! Ran great on my X-20 Thinkpad and played a big role in my leaving the "Windows World" when I found out I could get it on Linux. Liked it better than MS Office.
  • Interesting to play with this, as someone who remembers CP/M-80. The problem is that I have no CP/M-86 software to try to run on it :P
  • The CP/M influence is strong with this one (but not a rip-off).
  • Thanks so much for preserving this ! I ran DR-DOS 6.0 in the early to late 1990's. It ran great and allowed my old 286 to do smooth task switching. Compatibility was pretty darn good. IIRC: There might have been some issues with CGA emulation on my…
  • I would remind anyone trying to run this of a few things. 1: MS-DOS 4.0 was so buggy that it taught a lot of people to never trust a "X.0" release. 2: It had so many issues, a lot of people stayed with 3.x until after the release of MS-DOS 5.0. So i…
  • Between lost dongles and other CP headaches back in the 1980's I developed an allergy to CP/DRM well before it was cool to. Kudos to everyone trying to work around it to save little bits of computer history.
  • One one level, this seemed like such an awesome idea, but the reviews at the time showed the reality didn't keep up with the idea.
  • I use WordStar 4.0 Professional on my Chromebook (via Linux VM and DOSBox). Great word processor and it runs fast. No need for wifi extends the battery.
  • I was aware of the tape drive option on the PC. As I kid I knew someone, who for a short time, used such a thing. But even then it was a very rare exception- the only one I ever saw in person in over 35 years !
  • I had made the lead from DR-DOS to Windows 95 in 1999. The bundled version of "Microsoft Works" that came with that Pentium II was a disappointment. But even worse was when I found out that other Microsoft word processors couldn't even read a "Works…
  • This is a walk down memory lane ! I remember in the early 1990's helping a friend test out one of these software packages. Consistently we found that it made things run slower and figured out it manipulated the swap file. We found we could do as wel…
  • Also, if the swap file is lost, some versions simply cannot seem to be recovered. I just started looking into how to resolve this. I used this program decades ago to view / edit large documents on a PC-XT clone.