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osOpinion: OS/2: What Windows Should've Been

Jun 23, 2000, 07:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Miller)

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"Over the past weeks, I have been thinking about how far we've come since the good ole' days of the early 80's and late 70's, when using our computers was time-consuming and frustrating, to say the least. (Have you ever tried to locate a program you previously saved on cassette tape? Yes, I said CASSETTE tape. Like the ones you play audio tapes on. That's to say nothing about loading it. If it was a fairly long program, you could take a coffee break, and it would still be loading when you got back.)"

"Approximately 5 years ago, I had the opportunity to buy OS/2 v. 2.1 at OfficeMax for the low price of $5. (Come to think of it, I should have kept the 25 disks that made up OS/2. Ah, the things we do in our foolish youth.) As I recall, when I loaded it up on my AMD 386DX/40 (Now THAT was the hottest thing going in its day!) w/4 MB RAM. As I recall, it had a similar look to the Windows 9x series, but with one little difference: It did NOT crash! Of course, having a relatively slow processor helped (Heat-wise)."

"Which then brings me to my point. Why have we as a computer industry accepted bloated and buggy software? Back in the day, you could run a word processor in 16K of RAM. That's 16,384 bytes of RAM, not 16MB as in 16,384K bytes of RAM. Not to mention the fact that the Amiga series did what Microsoft did, only a whole lot earlier and a whole lot better. That OS could do in 2MB of RAM, what Windows requires 16MB to do. Not shabby at all."

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