posted by Kroc on Thu 24th Aug 2006 20:26 UTC

"GEOS, Page 14"

Special Thanks

I would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their input on this article:

  • Brian Dougherty - founder, Berkely Softworks / Geoworks,
    for producing GEOS, reading this article & responding to my e-mails
  • Roland Lieger, creator of the Power64 emulator on the Mac platform,
    which was used to record the screenshots in this article
  • Google Video, for their hosting
  • Maurice Randall & Click Here Software Co. / CMD, for making GEOS available for free

A. Cited Sources and References:


    Biz Journal's Article/Interview about Brian Dougherty (article incorrectly states, for simplicity, that Berkeley Softworks was called 'Geoworks Corp.' at formation. The Geoworks name was not adopted until the 90s)
    Advert for Microsoft Windows 1.0 in 1986
    A brief history of the Macintosh
    The Wikipedia Article on GEOS (could do with some love)
    Chronology of the Commodore 64
    The Wikipedia Article on the Commodore 1541 5" Floppy Disk Drive
    Jim Brain discusses the hardware bug that resulted in the very slow disk access times of the C64
    The Wikipedia entry on Commodore Business Machines
    GUIdebook Gallery's GEOS timeline
    The Wikipedia article on Geoworks Ensemble, New Deal Inc. and Breadbox
    The geoworks website 1996 - 2004 (from the Wayback Machine at
    News from Breadbox LLC of the licensing of GEOS

External Sources

  1. Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide
    Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc. ISBN: 0-672-22056-3
  2. Personal contact with Brian Dougherty via e-mail
  3. 15 Years programming and usage experience on the Commodore 64

ii. About The Author

Kroc Camen started programming at the age of 7 on a Commodore 64 home computer. The first thing he typed into a computer was "Hello". It responded cheerfully with "Syntax Error". Ever since then he has been searching for emotion in computers in a variety of operating systems spanning a brief 15 years. From the OS you are about to see today, to all the versions of Windows, RISC OS, Amiga OS and recently Mac OS X. Yet one thing hasn't changed despite the difference in computing power over these years. Computers still have "Syntax Error"s. Is human emotion garbage - if garbage in, equals garbage out? The quality of an OS is down to the love and emotion put into it by the designers & programmers.

Kroc Camen.

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