Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 13:12 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Recently, Serenity Systems released the second first release candidate of eComStation 2.0, the successor to IBM's os/2. Mensys, the online distributor of eComStation and other os/2-related products, was so kind as to provide OSNews with a review copy of this release candidate, and since my experience with os/2 and eCS is not much more than a few failed attempts at installing Warp 4, I was eager to try it out. Read on for a short history of os/2 and eCS and a review of the release candidate.
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Very Funny... do the math...
by MacGod on Fri 29th Jun 2007 14:11 UTC
MacGod
Member since:
2006-03-24

If I read this correctly, he states that he graduatec from H.S. 4 years ago... that would make him 21-22 today.

He states that his first experiences was with WARP 4... that would put him close to 11-14 years old. Yeah I can see failure from a 14 year old installing WARP 4.

:-)

I was 21 in 93 playing with WARP 2.1

Bill

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RE: Very Funny... do the math...
by MYOB on Fri 29th Jun 2007 14:57 in reply to "Very Funny... do the math..."
MYOB Member since:
2005-06-29

...I installed, and used Warp 3 when I was younger than that. Its also entirely possible that he attempted to install it many years later than when it came out.

Also, some people leave high school at 18/19 in Europe, I don't know about Holland in specific though.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm 22.5 years old, and graduated highschool at age 18 ;) . I indeed tried Warp 4 later, I don't know, say two or three years ago.

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RE: Very Funny... do the math...
by madcrow on Fri 29th Jun 2007 15:27 in reply to "Very Funny... do the math..."
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

Bah. I was installing OS/2 by like 10...

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RE: Very Funny... do the math...
by Simba on Fri 29th Jun 2007 16:23 in reply to "Very Funny... do the math..."
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

I was only 12 when I started playing with OS/2. I used it cause I was running a BBS, and Windows could not multitask DOS software worth a damn. So you had two options: either dedicate your computer entirely to the BBS and not use it for anything else, or run the BBS software under OS/2 or Desqview.

So yes, the fact that he was young would not have prohibited him from installing it. Even at 12, not only could I install it, but I also understood the difference between preemptive and cooperative multitasking, and why my DOS BBS software didn't work well running under something that only supported cooperative multitasking.

I begged my parents for a copy of OS/2 Warp 3 for christmas, and got it. And then I could run my BBS in the background while doing other things with my computer. But I learned to appreciate OS/2 for a lot of it's other qualities as well. Like the fact that it had a true desktop instead of the Program Manager that Windows had.

Edited 2007-06-29 16:27

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

In Germany, the reseller Escom sold PCs with OS/2 3.0 preinstalled and preconfigured. From the few people I know who bought such a system, it was a shock to them when they moved into the "Windows" world, because they seemed to loose lots of comfort and stability.

"I was only 12 when I started playing with OS/2. I used it cause I was running a BBS, and Windows could not multitask DOS software worth a damn. So you had two options: either dedicate your computer entirely to the BBS and not use it for anything else, or run the BBS software under OS/2 or Desqview."

Nice you mentioned Desqview! If I look upward to the storage facility above my head, I can see a Desqview/X package with manuals and disks. Next to it, there's still an original IBM OS/2 package with manual, discs and disks. :-)

And, yes, "Windows" wasn't very good at multitasking these times.

"But I learned to appreciate OS/2 for a lot of it's other qualities as well. Like the fact that it had a true desktop instead of the Program Manager that Windows had. "

While "Windows" just claimed to be object oriented, OS/2 really was. Furthermore, it had the famous REXX (NB: REXX != Kommissar Rex). =^_^=

In Germany, some banks still do use OS/2 for their automated cash dispensers. Our finance administration still uses OS/2 systems as terminal like nodes to an IBM mainframe system which is responsible for finance administration of the whole federal country. It worked for years, and it has to continue working this way, because anything else simply isn't affordable.

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RE: Very Funny... do the math...
by Hozz on Sat 30th Jun 2007 00:00 in reply to "Very Funny... do the math..."
Hozz Member since:
2007-03-19

at age 15 ('97), I had simultaneous installs of Win95 (bundled), DOS 6.22, Win 3.11, NT4.0 and OS/2 Warp 3.0 on one Olivetti machine (one of those groundbreaking "we'll include a SCART plug and this'll be the media center for the next generation" type thingies, in case anyone ever came across one of those), with multi-boot and all.
I only had a 420mb HD, so partitioning took some careful planning before installing it all. Applications, data, productivity? why? I did it because I could, and because I didn't know anyone else (at the time) who did the same. I felt like a computing god.

Anyway, I digress, the point is, many youngsters are far more apt at tech than you'd imagine. I mastered DOS at age 11 because I had to, noone was there to teach me.

I'm currently mastering Linux, and it's a whole new world to me. Gotta love it.

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