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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BBC's constant dumbing down
by Laurence on Wed 5th Nov 2008 22:28 UTC
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Interesting article, however they'd have been better off not interview Agent Quang. His comments were neither on topic (as he mutters more about Windows 98 than 3.x) nor makes any sense to those of us who actually understand computers:

"Agent Quang's personal favourite operating system was Windows 98 because, by the end of its life, the software was so solid."

More solid than 2000? XP? Linux? OS X? Even MacOS 8 struck me as more stable than 98.
Personally I'd rate 98 as one of my all time least favourite OSs in terms of stability.

[Quang] said anyone running an ageing operating system might face problems as they try to find a web browser that could run on it and display the latest online innovations.

I'm sure online "innovations" would be the least of your worries when trying to run defunted OSs on modern hardware.

"We had a case a while ago a customer with a Windows 98 machine trying to view her website and the pictures were just not coming up," [Quang] said. "Eventually we had to install Netscape Navigator to get it working."

Surely installing an alternative to IE would be the first thing you'd do rather than an "if all else fails" solution?

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