Windows Rant

Karl Larsen klarsen1 at
Sun Jul 11 19:57:41 UTC 2010

On 07/11/2010 01:27 PM, A. Jorge Garcia wrote:
>> Please don't tell me it was for Lotus 1-2-3 or Wordperfect.
> Believe it or not, we did do a lot with BASIC, Lotus, WordStar and
> DBase in those days....  Well, before we had PCs, we had GIMIX (like an
> early Linux that ran UNIX apps on a mini computer) and dumb
> terminals....
> I remember getting Windows 2.0 on multiple floppy disks (the real
> floppy 5.25" disks with cardboard covers) for free at PC Expo in
> Manhattan in 1989?
> Anyone remember PCs before Windows and the Web??
> Anyone remember SneakerNet and PCs without hard drives or graphics???
     Heck Yes! In my storage is a computer I bought around 1960. It 
arrived and had 2 3.5 inch floppies and it had 16 Meg of RAM. A keyboard 
and small Black and White monitor rounded out the thing. It ran DOS and 
the Operating System was on a "Master" floppy in the left drive, and my 
programs went into the right floppy. I learned a good deal of Basic 
while using this machine.

     I decided to upgrade this computer and ordered a Hard Drive with a 
very fast access compared to a floppy :-)

     It arrived in a wooden Crate and the Hard Drive was suspended by 
springs in the center and cost like $250.00. It had a full 40 MB of 
space :-)

     I had this on the for-runner of the Internet which was just a bbs 
that sent data to a hill mounted repeater to another bbs. Great fun 
since we had no idea how nice the Internet would be.

73 Karl

> Regards,
> A. Jorge Garcia
> Teacher&  Professor
> Applied Mathematics, Physics&  Computer Science
> Baldwin Senior High School&  Nassau Community College


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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