Linked by Davon Shire on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 21:51 UTC
Editorial Amazing is the recent interest in full, live, operating systems that can fit on a 50 MB CD-ROM. It's totally astounding that they can cram so much onto such a tiny disk. But wait.. let's run back to the days of old.. back to say 1988.
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~snif~ memory lane
by KadyMae on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 22:58 UTC

Ah, 1988 ... I was a sophomore in high school.

We just got our 286 and had an amber monochrome monitor ... and I hated that stupid computer with a white hot passion because my dad, while a genius, can't teach worth a damn and nothing made sense.

Then in 1992 we got a 486 with 8 megs of ram and Windows 3.1 and at last computing wasn't 510% sucktacular!

And, on one level, while this article is making me nostalgic to the point I'm going to go home to night and bust out my LCIII and my 486/100 laptop and revel in their uberfast boot times, I'm also going to come face to face with all the things that System 7.1 and Windows 3.1 don't do, and weren't designed to do.

Yes, there's certainly code bloat, but we also expect things from our computers that we didn't really dream of in 1988 or 1991 ... MP3s, the internet (as we know it today), and DVD playback to name a few.