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What did people do when Windows 95 came out?

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    Windows gives you choice, like you said, Apple gives you nothing. I bought a Macintosh many years ago, I've never been so bored in my life, it still brings a tear to my eye.
    The Commodore Amiga was the best system for a long time, but they lost the blue prints to their own chips, by the time they reverse engineered them, the world had passed them by.
    So then I bought a 486dx266 with Windows 3.11 and DOS, but I spent most of the time in DOS.

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    One thing about the changeover to Windows 95 was that overall speed really did not improve. You could guarantee that by the time your coffee was ready, your system would be too. It was still refreshing to open WordPerfect 5.2 for the speed of response, and the "reveal codes" feature showed exactly why your document was not behaving as expected when printed. MS Word never had that level of control over the document.

    What wasn't so nice was the number of viruses that were passed around on floppy disks* which were the main route of exchange of data and documents for many. Dr Solomon was our friend, and Microsoft has MSAV, but it never really promised the same protection or comfort as the third party offerings, and was quietly discontinued at about the same time Windows 95, and CD-ROMs and networks hit the streets, personal computing magazines, and offices. Shortly afterwards, there was the internet to feed our demand for free utilities, and updates against malware.

    *What I cannot understand about floppy disks was that they worked more-or-less reliably in those days - these days it is hard to find one in ten floppies that are either readable, or will take a full format - perhaps the viruses kept them viable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    The Commodore Amiga was the best system for a long time, but they lost the blue prints to their own chips, by the time they reverse engineered them, the world had passed them by.
    They had shoddy quality control too.
    Every one that my friends had, used to literally chew up floppy discs.
    You had to make a half a dozen backups of anything you wanted to use more than a few times.
    We never had one with a HDD though.

    The games were awesome.
    We used to have Stunt Car Racer and Populous parties (serial linked Amigas).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    The Commodore Amiga was the best system for a long time, but they lost the blue prints to their own chips, by the time they reverse engineered them, the world had passed them by.
    They had shoddy quality control too.
    Every one that my friends had, used to literally chew up floppy discs.
    You had to make a half a dozen backups of anything you wanted to use more than a few times.
    We never had one with a HDD though.

    The games were awesome.
    We used to have Stunt Car Racer and Populous parties (serial linked Amigas).
    I had the Amiga 2000 with a 50Mb hdd, boy that was an amazing machine, there wasn't much the Amiga couldn't do, they even made movies with it. It was way ahead of its time with 64,000 colors and midi music etc. I've got Prince of Persia on my iPad 3, it looks the same as the one I had on the old Amiga all those years ago.
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    I don't own any Apple products.

    They do seem to have a very effective reality distortion campaign.
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    Moving from 3.11 to 95 was COMPLETELY AWESOME in every way. That was a /massive/ update in functionality, stability and visual improvements and UI. It was probably the very best single OS upgrade of any kind in the entire chain of windows upgrades. 9x/nt to XP was second, also a very awesome upgrade.

    DOS to Win3.1 was hard. It just took a long LONG time for people to write the Windows applications. Lots of people actually bypassed Windows 3.1 for at least a year or two until there were Windows versions of nearly everything I needed to do. And Windows 3.x didn't REALLY go big till windows 3.11 came out.

    Going METRO remands me a lot of going BACKWARDS to the Windows 3.1 days and using full screen DOS apps actually. Been there, Done that, Not sorry to see that completely disappear. Not happy it's coming back at all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Moving from 3.11 to 95 was COMPLETELY AWESOME in every way.
    Windows 95 was launched at midnight and stores across the country were packed with people, some having waited in line to get it.

    Going METRO remands me a lot of going BACKWARDS to the Windows 3.1 days and using full screen DOS apps actually. Been there, Done that, Not sorry to see that completely disappear. Not happy it's coming back at all!
    Well, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't own any Apple products.

    They do seem to have a very effective reality distortion campaign.
    More like an effective brainwashing campaign....
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    I think the metro aspect of Windows kind of makes me think of full circle turnaround for Microsoft and going back to the roots of their design. It's been done kind of, but not exactly.
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    I remember the release of win95, people were lined up around the block at many stores to await the midnight release of the product.(I was not one of them) Took me a few weeks to eventually grab it, but I remember feeling that it was a vast improvement over 3.11. Took some getting used to, but one felt it was a step forward.
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