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  1. #11


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I've been into computers since around 1974, when I did Fortran programing using a pencil to mark out cards that were run after hours at uni. Punch cards came some years later with NEC mainframes (whatever happened to NEC?). I've been using Microsoft since DOS and experienced the good times, the mediocre times and the bad times. I call things as I see them.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Bill Windows -
    Wow what a waste, a full operating system for less than half the price of most good games

    It's funny you should make that comparison, Bill, because that's exactly how I've always treated a new OS.
    It started when I first transitioned from the C64/Amiga I'd previously been running, to the IBM/MS/Intel world in 1994.
    I'd literally never used a PC before, apart from two short 'introduction' courses, and really did have NFI, so I started playing
    around, aided by a few 'beginner' books and a subscription to PC Format.
    I basically treated Win 3.1/3.11 and Windows 95 as 'adventure games' and that's how I learned to use a PC. I broke the OS
    many times, but learned a hell of a lot about it in the process.
    To this day I love to get 'under the hood' and see what's really going on in there. It made Windows 8 far less of a challenge to
    learn than it might otherwise have been.
    Wenda.
    Dam that's where I started the C64 then Amiga 500 onto the Amiga 2000, I think that's why its easier for us because we're really used to using the right mouse button.
    The biggest disappointment in my life was leaving the Amiga 2000 because Commodore lost the blueprints to their own machines and couldn't keep up.
    I reckon Windows 8 is an absolute steal when you count in some of the free apps in the store, I was paying $90 for some games nearly 10 years ago.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I've been into computers since around 1974, when I did Fortran programing using a pencil to mark out cards that were run after hours at uni. Punch cards came some years later with NEC mainframes (whatever happened to NEC?). I've been using Microsoft since DOS and experienced the good times, the mediocre times and the bad times. I call things as I see them.
    So I take it you're saying this is one of the good times.
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  4. #14


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    So I take it you're saying this is one of the good times.
    Mediocre.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hmmm.. It seems odd that the people that seem to dislike Windows 8 the most all like to brag about how they were using computers in the 50's or some such...

    There can't be a correlation.... I'm probably just imagining it...
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Hmmm.. It seems odd that the people that seem to dislike Windows 8 the most all like to brag about how they were using computers in the 50's or some such...

    There can't be a correlation.... I'm probably just imagining it...
    Not Really.
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  7. #17


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Hmmm.. It seems odd that the people that seem to dislike Windows 8 the most all like to brag about how they were using computers in the 50's or some such...

    There can't be a correlation.... I'm probably just imagining it...
    It works both ways, but you need to take off the rose tinted glasses to see the reality. Those who have actually lived through the entire technology revolution, probably have a reasonable case when it comes to offering opinions; afterall, they've grown up with immense change and are still trying out and learning new things every day.
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  8. #18


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Hmmm.. It seems odd that the people that seem to dislike Windows 8 the most all like to brag about how they were using computers in the 50's or some such...

    There can't be a correlation.... I'm probably just imagining it...
    Not me, Mystere.
    Fact is, I'm a bit of an OS nut, and since I have these old OSes and the software they used to run, it makes sense to me to keep them running if I can.
    Also, I have actually bought Windows 8 (Pro, then I added WMC) and like it very much. If I hated it, I'd hardly have bothered. I had no issues on installation (I tried both upgrade and standalone setups to compare them, both went without a hitch) and have had no problems since. None that were Windows' fault anyway.
    The reason some of the older OSes have been re-installed is due to my DP and CP becoming time-expired, and the fact that I have only one Win 8 product key, and don't want pirated or hacked versions of 8.
    Wenda.


    **Edit: Anyway, isn't that part of what being an enthusiast is all about? Preserving these old OSes in working condition can be fun, and also gives people who have NFI a glimpse of what it was like using 3.1 or 95 in a real environment. I could run most in VMs but that's not nearly as rewarding, or as much fun.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Hmmm.. It seems odd that the people that seem to dislike Windows 8 the most all like to brag about how they were using computers in the 50's or some such...

    There can't be a correlation.... I'm probably just imagining it...
    It works both ways, but you need to take off the rose tinted glasses to see the reality. Those who have actually lived through the entire technology revolution, probably have a reasonable case when it comes to offering opinions; afterall, they've grown up with immense change and are still trying out and learning new things every day.
    Mmm...ooo boi! I'm up very early this morning here in the Midwest U.S.. Mystere lives about 350 miles from me. I have a feeling I'm going to feel the ground rumble when he reads your post.....
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  10. #20


    I may as well jump in here too and chit chat.

    I purchased one of the very first IBM desk top 8086 PC's back in 1983, just about the time they introduced them. There was no Microsoft. No available store bought software. What a clunker. Like the old Model T Ford. A software company came along with the IBM salesman. He wrote the programs for our company's. Microsoft came along in the early 1990's.

    Another local/regional engineering/construction company went bankrupt in the late 1990's. Our then company acquired them and their assets including office equipment and personnel. I got one of their computers. It had only MS-DOS. Didn't even have a clock! By then there was quite a lot of commercially available software, actually quite good. One of the acquired company's accountants kept on using MS DOS ! Also one of that company's engineers shared an office with me. He persisted in using MS DOS ! I couldn't believe it. They wouldn't change ??? It was agonizing to see them even print something, typing in MS DOS each time.

    I bough a new Compaq Presario shortly thereafter and loaded it with all kinds of word processing and accounting/math software. But those characters just kept on plodding along the old way.

    I like Windows 8. Since I came from the old school I remember what it was like back then and how truly primitive the things were.
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