Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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oh, the memories...
by niemau on Wed 5th Nov 2008 17:41 UTC
niemau
Member since:
2007-06-28

i was an OS dork even in those dark days... yet, i only had a 40 megabyte hard drive. i had windows 3.1 (on top of various versions of DOS), OS/2 2.1, and even very early linux distros that i got from various BBSes later in the mid-90s.

of course, there was only room for one at a time, if i wanted enough leftover space for all of my games, etc. my parents were strictly "if you want computer stuff, you have to save up and buy it yourself!" so i was always a little behind the times, hardware wise.

needless to say, there was lots of reformatting and reinstalling going on whenever i got bored. i remember being really excited to have installed windows... only to be disappointed that i didn't have any windows apps. same for OS/2.

i spent a lot of time running DOS and qmodem, trolling the BBSes for windows shareware!

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RE: oh, the memories...
by flanque on Thu 6th Nov 2008 01:04 in reply to "oh, the memories..."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Yeah, I can relate to your comments.

You're bringing back many fond (and some not so fond) memories.

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RE: oh, the memories...
by frood on Thu 6th Nov 2008 06:32 in reply to "oh, the memories..."
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

I remember installing Window 3.1 mainly because it was one of the few apps that supported my B&W Hercules graphics card at its highest resolution. I was really impressed with Write because of fonts.

However, I didn't have any applications either so it was just a toy really. My PC booted up into the ascii menu "MiniOffice" with StarOffice as my main WP and a handful of Hercules supporting games like Kings Quest 3 and Golden Axe (played using a CGA emulator).

Good times.

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RE: oh, the memories...
by valnar on Fri 7th Nov 2008 18:13 in reply to "oh, the memories..."
valnar Member since:
2006-01-17

Qmodem FTW! I miss the BBS days.

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RE[2]: oh, the memories...
by fretinator on Fri 7th Nov 2008 18:31 in reply to "RE: oh, the memories..."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

My favorite was RipTerm. It enabled a truly graphical BBS experience via the RIP protocol. I loved the graphical "Door" games. Unfortunately the GIF crap from Unisys combined with the rise of the Web killed the company. Only now is the the "Web 2.0" approaching the glory of those days.

P.s., I'm old!

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