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  • Take a look at https://wwwpub.utdallas.edu/~liebowit/book/wordprocessor/word.html Word for DOS had good sales if not up to the level of WordPerfect but still good enough for second place after Multimate and DisplayWrite started to fade but before GU…
  • Windows 1, 2, and standard mode Windows 3 will discard and reload segments. That reload cycle won't involve any writes. With 256+ MB, making a relatively modest RAMDISK to hold all of the Windows 3 or earlier executables will reduce the loading time…
  • MS-DOS 1.x didn't have the Bios Parameter Block that was created for DOS 2.x and tells what type of disk it is. I haven't seen a disk imaging tool that permits modification of a DOS 1 style disk.
    in MS-DOS 1.25 Comment by menage May 14
  • Most of the games that were designed for fast Pentium IIIs were geared to use Win 98SE. I don't see any benefit to using 2000 instead of XP with a GB of RAM. A more limited system like a Pentium II stuck with 256 MB would be a prime client for 2…
  • Surprising seeing a clone make a cassette recording that could be read by a 5150. EACA clones only were able to read some of the complete library of cassettes available for the TRS-80 Model 1 being cloned. With only a 50 microsecond trigger window,…
  • Given the usual level chicanery in these demos, is there any evidence that it is not a demonstration program that displays a grid given a sham menu? Most demos of live spreadsheet programs included loaded data in the cells, to show off formatting op…
    in Multiplan 1.x Comment by menage April 28
  • Where do you find a reference to new versions of applications? As far as I have been able to find out, the Interface Manager offering was little more than a mock-up with the possibility of a demonstration of a multitasker sharing the menu design wit…
    in Multiplan 1.x Comment by menage April 28
  • PCJS goes all the way through Win95. Win Me is probably easy enough to implement on the platform but why? The excitement (and crashes) of Win Me require installing multiple programs on real hardware with buggy drivers.
  • Caught this some where else but http://boginjr.com/it/sw/dev/5150caxx/ has a simple DOS application to access the cassette port and load/save file there. Written in Turbo C and assembler so the memory consumption is a bit excessive. It also only han…
  • Don't have to go through the MS-DOS Executive, any shell replacement like Pubtech would work or starting from the command line with WIN TUTOR
  • I think the version listed with Enhanced Tools is the standard OEM first time install disk set.
    in MS-DOS 6.22 Comment by menage April 24
  • Emulators make the cassette port much easier to use than real hardware. No mussing to make sure volume control and the motherboard jumper work together. Give IBM credit, their implementation was a bit more forgiving of minor volume and speed differe…
  • You probably don't want to have Windows 98 and MS-DOS on the same partition. DOS's largest partition is 2 GB using 32kB sectors which is wasteful and a bit small for Win98. Have you considered making multiple VMs, one for DOS and a different one for…
  • From Cassette Basic, using cas1: isn't needed. It defaults to using the cassette. load "" would load the next BASIC file to start load "myprog" would list every file it finds and the file type until it finds a BASIC file named MYPROG which i…
  • The other side effect of the announcement of Jazz was Microsoft's encouragement of Andy Herzfeld to write what became Switcher so MS could have Excel and Word running on the same Mac at the same time. Once that happened, high priced integrated packa…
  • Windows was intended to be ported to other OSes. Had Atari chosen to pay for MS to port Windows to the 68000 for the ST, there would have had to been some new OS underlying Windows. Atari instead went for Digital Research which had code for the 6800…
  • What is wrong with Windows 3.1? The biggest problem was the unfortunate discovery of VXDs as the secret to performance. Running 32-bit code in Ring 0 requires skill and attention which many programmers couldn't provide. Windows as a Service shoul…
  • Updates can be deferred with Win10 Pro. And even better, Store Apps won't be automatically updated unless commanded to. Store Apps tended to need a lot more bandwidth than the OS patches. Took MS a long time to realize that most users do not have th…
  • The LibreOffice claim that only 20 million Linux users have LibreOffice rather puts a maximum on the percentage of active desktop Linux users. There is one Linux user with LibreOffice for every 50 Microsoft Office users with Windows. 2% is probably …
  • 433 could be Presario all-in-one or Contura Aero laptop, I think the desktop and server lines were still using Deskpro and SystemPro monikers. The 433 just meant the CPU was a 33 MHz 486 and all the product lines for a time included CPU speed in the…
  • If you add a user or switch to a long unused user account, you will likely get the full screen nag warning. If the results are anything like my old Vista VM, Windows 7 will start forgetting it was activated in about 6 months leading to the annoyi…
  • @Helva said: It's so sad that most of Windows 1.0 Alpha applications got removed since they released Windows 1.0 Premiere Edition. At least, some of these applications are still available on the page called ToastyTech's applications for Windows 1…
  • You can use the Toolboxes with later versions but check the disks. Much of the Toolbox contents were incorporated into the later versions. IIRC, the source code of the Wordstar inspired editor was in TP 5-7 and both the numeric and graphics informat…
  • ScanMan was perfect for its intended use. Scanning a picture in the paper or even scanning a Polaroid. Small size, minimal movement, much easier than going to the camera room placing the proper dot screen on the picture and then developing the resul…
  • If you can place Reflex and data files inside a virtual machine, Reflex can export to DBF format through the report generator. Importing DBF to a newer database should be easy. Not the first place I'd look to be sure. AFAIK, Borland never documen…
  • While it was for OEMs, the MS duplicated sets were easy to get. That was about the only way to acquire an upgrade. Fortunately, grey market OEM surplus boxes were quite cheap. Wound up having to pick up DOS 4.01 that way because my sales rep wasn't …
  • You will need to link to the libraries from the correct SDK. The icon format changed so using the icon editor from the SDK version being used might be simpler. Debugging is complex. With real hardware, it is necessary to install the debugging DLL…
  • There is one commercial program for the IBM PC that was delivered on disk but would save data to cassette: Avalon Hill's Galaxy. It implements motor on, write to cassette, followed by motor off; no human interaction needed beyond inserting the casse…
  • @win32 said: I don't think OS/2 ever replicated the Windows 2.x look, contradicting the comments made by that first guy. And I'm sure OS/2 ended up never being recommended in that (thankfully) hypothetical office environment... OS/2 1…
  • Don't expect to find actual copies of the last few advertised Palantir products. During the time between death of the major investor and the closure of Palantir, Palantir started development on a lot of software but didn't have the resources to publ…