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November 12, 2014

Blast from the Past

Interesting retrospective on how Windows has changed over the years.


The Editorial Staff can still remember checking out a home PC (it was a metal box with a tiny, 4x4 screen) from the Naval Postgraduate School. When we got it home and turned it on, the software was so bare bones that both of us kind of shook our heads and thought, "This will never catch on with most people." :p

Posted by Cassandra at November 12, 2014 07:58 AM

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I remember having to type DOS commands just to get a program to open and run. Of course, those were the days that when you deleted something it truly was gone....forever. Which I found out to my chagrin when I deleted my entire word processing program - to include all written documents.
Yeah, a whole semester's worth of papers, notes, homework, etc.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 12, 2014 11:31 AM

Never under estimate the value of a novelty item.
In the early days of computers they had practical value in the science, business and academic fields. However, for everyday consumers, they were novelty items. When consumers started buying more computers the companies that made them started modifying their programs to accommodate our whims. but for the average American computers were first and foremost an expensive novelty toy. Something to brag about.
My first experience with computers was with a PET cassette drive computer,in the library on board the USS Saratoga. I used to play chess and an analog DOS Star Trek game. I was hooked.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at November 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Wow! Color monitor!

Posted by: spd rdr at November 12, 2014 05:53 PM