Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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oh, the memories...
by niemau on Wed 5th Nov 2008 17:41 UTC
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i was an OS dork even in those dark days... yet, i only had a 40 megabyte hard drive. i had windows 3.1 (on top of various versions of DOS), OS/2 2.1, and even very early linux distros that i got from various BBSes later in the mid-90s.

of course, there was only room for one at a time, if i wanted enough leftover space for all of my games, etc. my parents were strictly "if you want computer stuff, you have to save up and buy it yourself!" so i was always a little behind the times, hardware wise.

needless to say, there was lots of reformatting and reinstalling going on whenever i got bored. i remember being really excited to have installed windows... only to be disappointed that i didn't have any windows apps. same for OS/2.

i spent a lot of time running DOS and qmodem, trolling the BBSes for windows shareware!

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