Linked by Michael Hill on Sun 25th Jul 2010 10:36 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "As a long-time fan of GeoWorks Ensemble (now Breadbox Ensemble), a DOS based graphical user interface and office suite popular in the 80s, I've run it under a variety of operating systems and emulators over the years. You see, Ensemble requires an underlying operating system to provide a DOS compatible file system, not unlike early versions of Windows that required DOS. [...] With the release of eComStation 2.0 I thought I'd revisit the challenge of getting Breadbox Ensemble running under OS/2 again [...] but to add a further twist, since I didn't want to do this on a dedicated machine, I chose to see if I could get things running under VirtualBox."
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by Kroc on Sun 25th Jul 2010 18:58 UTC in reply to "GEOS"
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The PlayStation was released in late 1995, the Nokia Communicator in late 1996, both at 33 MHz. That’s quite astounding. This thing was ridiculously ahead of its time. Arguably the very first “smart phone”—that is, a phone that equaled the power and capabilities of an older generation desktop computer.

Oh, wanted to add. I love that everything that’s becoming popular just now had already been done to death in the 90’s with 1/10th the technology. Internet on your TV and smartphones with full OSes.

Interface people, interface. It makes _all_ the difference.

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by sachindaluja on Sun 25th Jul 2010 22:26 in reply to "RE: GEOS"
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Interface people, interface. It makes _all_ the difference.

On the contrary, those devices - with only a fraction of computing power compared to today's technology - were simply too underpowered to produce acceptably usable interfaces. Today's devices seem to piggy-back on technologically superior hardware to be able to finally deliver such interfaces.

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by johjeff on Mon 26th Jul 2010 00:14 in reply to "RE[2]: GEOS"
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Did you ever use GEOS? Either on a Commodore 64/128, or the PC version? The mobile version? GEOS was extremely fast and feature rich considering the hardware it ran on.

It was mostly coded in a superset of assembler. The biggest problem was probably the lack of reasonably affordable touch screens, other than that, it was a fantastic OS on any device it ran on. Well, technically, it wasn't really an OS since it required DOS for it's bootstrap, but it was more of an operating system than Windows was at the time.

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