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OS/2 and eComStation The Register is running a very interesting article by Dominic Connor, telling the insider story about OS/2 1.0/1.1 development in the old days. From the terrible management in IBM, to the hilarious coding practices of Microsoft, there's lots of stuff in here - and it's only part one. "The unholy alliance of IBM and Microsoft unleashed OS/2 25 years ago with a mission to replace Windows, Unix and DOS. Back then, I was a foot-soldier in that war: a contract bug hunter at Big Blue. Here's how I remember it."
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RE[3]: IBM North Harbour
by zima on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 12:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: IBM North Harbour"
zima
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2005-07-06

RISCOS invented the pointer which shows, by changing its inner colour, if "wait for 2nd click in double-click" is still active? ;) (I really like this one little gem; and come on, there must be more... ;> )

What I really wonder about "British fantasy computer design": why so many computers with rubber keyboards or even - the horror - in yoghurt-style cases? (Jupiter Ace)

Edited 2012-12-03 13:06 UTC

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RE[4]: IBM North Harbour
by henderson101 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:52 in reply to "RE[3]: IBM North Harbour"
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2006-05-30

Jupiter ACE case was almost a direct copy of the ZX80 case composition. Cheap to produce.

There are many out there who claim Brits invented the idea of "packaging" an app in to a directory and then treating that "bundle" as the app (as RISCOS did), except, Nextstep did the same and probably earlier - and that is where the Mac OS X bundles originate from.

There are some that claim that RISCOS invented the Dock, except, Next also did that at around the same time with their Dock and Shelf - and again, that is where OS X got the Dock from.

There are some that claim RISCOS improved the way file handling worked with their innovative drag and drop style functionality, except Mac OS classic did a lot of that too.

The problem with RISCOS was that it was evolving at the same time... and as we know from the old Picasso quote that Jobs popularised, nothing is so original as the aspects of a product you can "steal", build on and make your own. This being the real sense of the quote, rather than the literal "Bible reading" most antagonists choose.

RISCOS did bring us the ARM (as I doubt the ARM would otherwise exist), so it did do something worthwhile, I guess.

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