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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Historical note
by dprickett on Fri 29th Jun 2007 20:28 UTC
dprickett
Member since:
2005-11-11

One historical fact I discovered a few years ago was that OS/2 was the operating system underneath all ATM machines -- even today. Although Windows (TM) is making significant inroads, OS/2 is still the major system.

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RE: Historical note
by WiggetyWhack on Sat 30th Jun 2007 01:34 in reply to "Historical note"
WiggetyWhack Member since:
2007-06-30

Actually, that is complete horseshit, pardon my french. Older ATMs may use OS/2, but Diebold, who makes all of the ATMs, at least on the east coast, runs windows. Yes windows... you know why? For the VB support. Thats right. Their programmers are all VB retards. Explains their work on the voting machines.

How do I know this? My company was contracted over a 4 year span to help on various projects. The best gem of that period was definitely when we were contracted to code a prototype PDA<->ATM interface. At that time they were using NT4 embedded. It had to be done in VB, because their developers couldnt/wouldnt use anything else. On presentation day, the lead developer, who was going to demo the unit was freaking out, that his pda was going crazy then locking up. Long story short, his stylus had a bunch of ribbons on it, and they were dangling and hitting the screen.

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RE[2]: Historical note
by KenJackson on Sun 1st Jul 2007 05:18 in reply to "RE: Historical note"
KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

Diebold is the same company that made the horrible voting machines for Maryland that lost some votes and sometimes froze when the voter pressed the "Cast Ballot" button. And yes, they were running Windows.

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RE[2]: Historical note
by PJBonoVox on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 22:10 in reply to "RE: Historical note"
PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

Sorry to bring the tone down, but I must point out that 90% of the worlds 'ATM' machines aren't made in America or used by Americans, so your point about 'Diebold' is unlikely to be true.

Just saying, there's a whole world out there my American friend, don't forget that.

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