Linked by David Adams on Tue 30th Mar 2010 12:07 UTC
Windows "Windows XP became the most effective Microsoft Bob deployment tool ever developed. And if you go way back into your closet, dig out your copy of Windows XP, and can somehow channel the right spirits to mash your hands on the keyboard in exactly the right way, then out of your encryption program will come a copy of Microsoft Bob."
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Bob
by TaterSalad on Tue 30th Mar 2010 16:31 UTC
TaterSalad
Member since:
2005-07-06

I know Bob gets no love, but when I bought my first PC which was a Packard Bell, they had similar software to Bob on it. At first I kept it on there because I didn't know any better and it was a way to navigate to the system. Then when I started poking around more and installing games and needed the memory it soon came up. It also gave me a faster boot up time with it disabled. I wonder if it was the same code as Bob or if they just coded it themselves and took the Bob idea.

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RE: Bob
by Kroc on Tue 30th Mar 2010 16:44 in reply to "Bob"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Packard Bell Navigator?
http://toastytech.com/guis/pbnav35.html

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RE[2]: Bob
by Feanor on Tue 30th Mar 2010 18:24 in reply to "RE: Bob"
Feanor Member since:
2006-12-21

Wow, I used that program on my first computer back in '95. Thank you for reminding me of the name! I thought it was the coolest thing when I was a kid.

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RE[2]: Bob
by phoenix on Tue 30th Mar 2010 19:02 in reply to "RE: Bob"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Windows 3.1 had a lot of third-party shells available for it. My favourite was Xerox Tabworks. Instead of Program Manager with all the windows inside of another window, it used a tabbed notebook look. Each progman window was a tab. And there was a strip down the side where you could put your fave apps for quick access. Made things so much nicer and easier.

There was a Windows 9x version, but it didn't work nearly as well. This is the one thing I miss about Windows 3.1. ;)

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RE[2]: Bob
by allisonaaronb on Tue 30th Mar 2010 19:35 in reply to "RE: Bob"
allisonaaronb Member since:
2010-03-30

I remember that.

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RE[2]: Bob
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 30th Mar 2010 20:07 in reply to "RE: Bob"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

never had the full experience. Later they kept part of the navigator just for tech support. You were presented with a picture of a computer and a book shelf above it. The books were the computerized manuals of the computer and the computer was clickable to "diagnose" the computer if you were having problems.

I thought it was pretty funny that you could click on the mouse to "diagnose it". Yup, you clicked on the mouse picture with your mouse. It works. Andy yes, if you click on the monitor, it probably means the monitor is at least partially working.

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RE[2]: Bob
by TaterSalad on Wed 31st Mar 2010 16:58 in reply to "RE: Bob"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

I believe that is what it was called, screenshots look semi-familiar.

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