Text mode toys

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Mon Oct 10 18:04:37 UTC 2005

On 2005-10-10, Eamonn Sullivan <eamonn.sullivan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/10/05, Grant Edwards <grante at visi.com> wrote:
>> On 2005-10-09, John Richard Moser <nigelenki at comcast.net> wrote:
>> > This is just a hypothetical, but what kinds of things can
>> > feasibly be done without X?
>> Anything that doesn't require graphics. I'm assuming by
>> "without X" you mean without bitmapped graphics -- otherwise
>> you can always run another bit-mapped graphics windowing
>> system.
>> > Most of "Anything" is possible of course but truly to what
>> > degree can we take things, just to inspire some thought?
>> >
>> > Considering that Midnight Commander acts like Norton Total
>> > Commander, and that we can do a few other nice things like
>> > with MP3Blaster, I'd think that it'd be possible to make a
>> > text mode interface similar to the GUI interfaces.
>> Sure, It's been done.  Back in around '87 or'88, there was a
>> text-mode, windowing, multi-tasking DOS extension that was used
>> by quite a few people at one place I worked.  I don't remember
>> what it was called.
> I believe you're thinking of DESQview by Quarterdeck. Gosh, that
> brings back memories.

Yes!  That was it.  I never used it, but somebody demo'd it for
me and it looked like a pretty slick hack for it's time.

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