Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:41 UTC, submitted by MOS6510

The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, where the Comdex trade show was getting under way.

Apple had grabbed headlines a year earlier with the introduction of its graphical Macintosh. Now, after two years of delays, Microsoft was finally ready to debut the much-promised Microsoft Windows.

It became the blueprint for many of Microsoft's new product launches. Early versions suck, but get progressively better over the years.

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RE: Have it (almost)
by Doc Pain on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 02:28 UTC in reply to "Have it (almost)"
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I actually have an original box copy of Windows 1.03 at home.

Version 1.02 DT (german version) here, on 6 5.25" disks, still sealed. :-)

I also have a 5.25 drive sitting in the same closet. I wonder if I can get it running on a spare computer.

From my "museum experience" this shouldn't be a big problem. Make sure everything is clean (free of dust). Also make sure your mains voltage is stable.

This old technology seems to be much more reliable than our today's "modern" technology. I still have computer systems from the early 1980's here, with disks and printer, running a CP/M clone - fully functional. I tend to experience fewer reading troubles with those old diskettes and drives than with some new DVD equipment... just curious if it would be possible to use today's devices in 30 years... ;-)

Mandatory pointer to the GUI Gallery:

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