Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 22nd Jun 2009 12:16 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Software moves on at a break-neck pace these days--version numbers clock up ever quicker as vendors try to market their apps as the latest and greatest. Software generally ages badly, falling into a state of looking grossly out of date, lacking new functionality that we've come to depend upon as well as compatibility problems. Dear OSNews readers, what old software (5+ years) do you still use, why, and what problems do you come across in sticking with it? Read More for my own contribution to the list
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16-bit Software
by timhiggison on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 02:45 UTC
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Bow to me. I still use Visual Basic 3.0 - yes you read that right, 3.0 - on a daily basis. Released in 1993, the last fully 16-bit VB development environment. Also we use Visual C++ 1.52 to write DLLs for VB3 code.

We use them because we have a large amount of legacy code written in VB3 and VC++1.52 and porting from 16-bit to 32-bit is prohibitively risky and expensive.

All I can say is thanks to Microsoft for continuing 16-bit emulation in even the latest versions of Windows!

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RE: 16-bit Software
by malxau on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 03:08 in reply to "16-bit Software"
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Unfortunately 16 bit support is reaching the end of the road. XP 64 bit edition dropped support for 16 bit apps; support for 16 bit apps only exists in Vista/Win7 32-bit editions. Note that there is no 32-bit version of Win7 server.

As PCs approach (and exceed) the 4Gb barrier, more OEMs will move to 64-bit editions, and 16 bit support will end with a slow transition.

Unless working in a virtualized environment is suitable for you, 16-bit support is not a good long term choice.

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RE[2]: 16-bit Software
by timhiggison on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 09:07 in reply to "RE: 16-bit Software"
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Believe me, I couldn't agree with you more. Considering 90% of our customer base (mechanics and car dealerships worldwide) are using Windows 95/98/2K and have no reason or want to upgrade, I think we'll be safe for a while.

Sometimes it's hard to remember that the whole world isn't on the cutting edge like us programmers :-)

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RE[2]: 16-bit Software
by neozeed on Fri 26th Jun 2009 13:27 in reply to "RE: 16-bit Software"
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Luckily in Windows 7, there is the 'seamless' Windows XP which can run win16 stuff..

I still use.... QuickC for Windows..

Becuase it's got a good help system, and it's SMALL, only 4 1.44 MB floppies!

I just wish the debugger ran properly, but for that I end up with Virtual PC, MS-DOS 5, Windows 3.0 ....

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