Don’t forget to double click the desktop icons to make them work.
Some very straightforward instructions for using Windows 95, clearly written for someone with very little knowledge of computers, and given their clarity and brevity, make for a model style guide when composing directions for less literate computer users.
Who knows exactly what opportunities US computer scientist and software developer, the late Gary Kildall, missed when he decided to go flying rather than meet with representatives of IBM, who were hoping to use the operating system he had developed, for a new line of their computers. Instead IBM approached Bill Gates, who supplied them with his DOS operating system.
The legend goes like this: One fateful day in the summer of 1980, three buttoned-down IBMers called on a band of hippie programmers at Digital Research Inc. located in Pacific Grove, Calif. They hoped to discuss licensing DRI’s industry-leading operating system, CP/M. Instead, DRI founder Gary Kildall blew off IBM to gallivant around in his airplane, and the frustrated IBMers turned to Gates for their operating system. This anecdote has been told so often that techies need only be reminded of “the day Gary Kildall went flying” to recall the rest. While he’s revered for his technical innovations, many believe Kildall made one of the biggest mistakes in the history of commerce.
Events didn’t in-fact quite unfold according to the “legend” however, but the story, in this context, still has a lot to say about how easy, how all too easy, it is not too fully grasp the significance of certain opportunities when they are presented to us.
Even ten years ago few people would have given much thought to preserving DOS (Disk Operating System), and other legacy Windows, games and applications, but Demu, a repository of such software, aims to archive as much of this early software as possible for ongoing use.
What use though are applications, designed to run on say MS-DOS 4, to anyone other than a hardened geek? Well, some of them still run on the most recent versions of Windows, so they’re not entirely redundant.
Say what you will about Windows Operating Systems, but as Andy, a Scottish tech enthusiast, recently discovered they have a surprisingly good level of backwards compatibility, when using virtual machine technology, he carried out a series of system upgrades, from the very first version right through to the latest, Windows 7.
Yes, everything is getting smaller, computing systems (or smartphones if you prefer) and operating systems along with them, and while I’m all for streamlining software, especially applications that are crucial to the functioning of a computer, just how far can an operating system be stripped back while maintaining its ability to support resource intensive software, such as say, Photoshop, rendering programs, and games?
Small, light, fast, and to the point, the new breed of operating system is purposeful, specific, and if I may coin a term, infodynamic. Not only this, but the empowerment of the mobile phone, the tablet, the car, the toaster, to reach the internet, understand its location and purpose, and so on, comes at the expense of the centralized personal computer. The generalist PC isn’t going to disappear, exactly, but the desktop OS will have to become as streamlined as a mobile OS, a tablet OS – hell, a Roomba OS. The era in which people had only one computer, one operating system in their life is ending. The Cadillac era of computing is ending.
Both E coli and the Linux networks are arranged in hierarchies, but with some notable differences in how they achieve operational efficiencies. The molecular networks in the bacteria are arranged in a pyramid, with a limited number of master regulatory genes at the top that control a broad base of specialized functions, which act independently. In contrast, the Linux operating system is organized more like an inverted pyramid, with many different top-level routines controlling few generic functions at the bottom of the network.
In this year Microsoft finally caught up with the whole graphical user interface craze and released Windows 1.0, its first GUI based operating system (although no one would dare to refer to it as one). The system featured 32×32 pixel icons and color graphics. The most interesting feature (which later was omitted) was the icon of the animated analog clock.
Way back in 1983, when big hair, even bigger shoulder pads were the norm and the goodnight Kiwi and his cat made the nightly trek up that transmitter mast, Bill Gates unveiled Windows 1.0 operating system for PCs.
The Goodnight Kiwi, by the way, used to be seen on New Zealand television when broadcasts ended for the day. Yes, television broadcasts actually used to cease overnight at one point in the past.
No wonder people managed to get so much done back in the day, limited TV, and no Windows operating systems to contend with…
An in-depth article that looks at the uptake of Linux powered operating systems and servers.
While Linux has enjoyed a moderate rate of adoption it hasn’t quite been at the levels predicted several years ago.
In 2004, IDC predicted that growing Linux adoption would push the operating system from three percent market share to seven percent by 2008, with sales of PCs running Linux to hit US$10 billion. Even those figures paled compared to the predictions of Siemens Business Systems, which in 2003 predicted that Linux would have captured 20 percent of the enterprise desktop market by 2008. It is now 2008, and Windows is still the dominant operating system; if anything, Mac OS X has supplanted Linux as the alternative desktop of choice.