1. No worries. Really appreciate what you’ve done with the site. I also see that you added mobile styles recently, which is handy.
  2. Post things you want to see. Upvote and comment on other people's posts that you like, to encourage them to post more. When you come across an interesting comment you like, post that link to your friends.

    A site like this can exist on interesting submissions for a little while, but community is what will give it staying power, and help it collect interesting submissions for a long time to come.

  3. Alas. This article is incomplete. I would be loathe to call the original api from 1985 win32. The original api was 16-bit. This was originally the windows api and later called win16. The 32-bit api came later with Windows NT. I’d also think to mention win32s which allowed some 32 but apps to run in 16 bit windows and win64 which is the 64 bit edition if of the api that you can still write applications against with the SDK. I fact you can write assembly code to write a very tiny app against the windows API since the API is what does the heavy lifting. I’d also note that MFC originally shipped as a 16 bit lib.

    Also. Notably missing. the windows template lib (WTL) from the COM era.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_API https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win32s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Foundation_Class_Lib...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_API https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win32s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Template_Library https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Template_Library

  4. All article links take you to the blog front page if you use uBlock Origin.
  5. Thanks! There's still some work to do on mobile but it is useable now. Thanks for being a member!
  6. Jason Scott of the Internet Archive says[1]:

    > Nobody should worry about Hobbes, I've got Hobbes handled.

    [1]: https://mastodon.archive.org/@textfiles/111728995296654678

  7. I feel like these sort of articles really undersell the strategic importance of 98sᴇ and 𝓂ℯ as vehicles for distribution of IE 5.0 and IE 5.5 (respectively). More so for OEMs than for retail users IMO. Win𝓂ℯ makes the corporate strategy even more obvious with a few UI elements re-written as HTAs, like the Help & Support Center.

    I had a computer with Win98ғᴇ, and getting IE 5.0/5.5 was difficult over 56k dialup when 20-something megabytes was huge and took hours. In fact IE5 was the first time I ever saw an installer exe that was just a downloader (“Active Setup”) to make the download size variable depending on selected components. I 'member exporting the downloaded files and burning a big CD with all of my favorite installers so I wouldn't have to download them all again the next time I did a clean install, which was a thing I did fairly often as a kid.

    Compare some historic browser stats:

    — March 1999, right at the time of IE 5.0's public release as a download or CD-ROM: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145820/http://www.websid... (IE4 56.83%, IE5 2.18%)

    — April 1999, still one month before the release of Win98sᴇ: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145751/http://www.websid... (IE4 51.35%, IE5 8.96%)

    — August 1999 with three months of Win98sᴇ bringing IE5 to every new PC by default: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145548/http://www.websid... (IE4 44.73%, IE5 24.86%)

    https://www.tech-insider.org/statistics/research/2000/0124.h... sez “Worldwide PC shipments surpassed 113.5 million units in 1999, an increase of 21.7 percent over 1998 shipments.”

  8. Get better Woz :(
  9. wasn't an issue, still had half a dozen tabs open with articles i hadn't read yet till it came back. :-)

    great site. thank you for the retro tech news.

  10. I’ve long wanted a site like this and so I’m really happy so many others have signed up and are contributing. I wanted something that was not technology specific and that mixed retro gaming and computing as these are worlds that overlap and feed each other.

    Thank you to everyone who has participated so far and helped build the site. I’m really grateful to all of you.

    Let’s build a fun, supportive and retro community together.

  11. This game became Zarch and when converted to other platforms was named Virus.
  12. Wild!
  13. I have one of these. Great little computers!

    Back in the 80's, I wanted one of these computers to write and carry around manufacturing related programs. Was too much money, so I settled on the PC-6. Pocket computer with 2K RAM, just enough!

    I would have done more with the Model 100!

    There is a 64 character driver floating around that I have lost track of. If you find it, it makes the display more dense, better.

  14. They aren't putting him back on the current leaderboard they're just putting him back where he was on legacy boards.
  15. windows me has a bad rep from a lot of people. i only had it on 1 computer but it never gave me trouble. it was in a rural location and the 56k modem struggled to get past 26k on bad phone lines.

    when it got infected win9x and it's ilk could be beaten into removing all the virus whereas when it was replaced with win2000 and xp it required a full reinstall.

    had to bring all the updates out on cd-rs but it worked great with that limitation. was so good to get that location onto broadband a few years later.

  16. Happy holidays! Thanks for this terrific site, I read it daily. Can't get enough of this retro goodness!
  17. Thenks to you for such a great resource, which was missing in this space.
  18. From the excellent Commodore books by Brian Bagnall:

    While the engineers were showing off the new PET models, John Feagans noticed Bill Gates step up to one of the demo computers. “He was looking over his shoulder,” recalls Seiler.

    “Gates walked up to our machine and played around with it.” What Feagans saw amazed him. Gates typed a simple command and the screen displayed the word MICROSOFT.

    “If you put WAIT 6502 and then a number, it would print MICROSOFT that many times,” says Seiler. Gates cleared the screen and walked away, unaware Feagans had observed his deed.

    Feagans soon realized Gates had snuck an Easter egg into Commodore BASIC. “There was another guy who did the first work on BASIC but Gates was working on it near the end. That’s how small the company was,” says Seiler.

    Gates used the hidden code to fingerprint this particular version of BASIC. “He put in something in the PET because he was real suspicious of people like me stealing his BASIC on paper tape,” says Seiler. If someone attempted to incorporate BASIC into a machine using Gates’ code, it would be easy to check if the code originated with Micro-Soft.

    Feagans felt perturbed because he had previously scanned through the code searching for hidden messages and found no discernable words. “It wasn’t in ASCII where you could see it. Gates had fiddled with a couple of bits with the ASCII character set, so it didn’t show up when you just looked at a raw binary dump,” says Seiler.

    Feagans vowed to hunt down the hidden message and remove it from Commodore’s code. “He was just so perturbed that he had put that in there,” says Seiler. “Feagans is kind of a perfectionist like that.”

  19. I always remember the 2.4 releases as 'multimedia' bound. Xawtv/Alevt and TVTime, XMMS with MP3 support thru PLF/packman or 'non-free' repos, Xine vs MPlayer battles, Wine being able to run Max Payne and Deus Ex at native speeds...
  20. I think FreeDOS should ship a complete build of GEM with all the tools as a suggested desktop. By far it's the most complete and usable one.
  21. More updates are still being planned for this - if anyone can help source bitmap font data from more relevant machines/video hardware (scope: IBM PC compatibles), it could fit right in. I already have some more in the pipeline.
  22. I will do my best to popularize the site but it's definitely the community that'll make it work. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to see all the people who have created accounts, posted stories, and commented here. It's incredible.

    I personally love retro computing and have wanted something like this for a while. I hope we can build this up into a positive, fun community who love retro computing and gaming. And I appreciate everyone's efforts so far.

    I've just made the source code available (see https://twostopbits.com/item?id=251) so that people can contribute directly the site. But the best contributions will be stories, votes and comments!

    Thank you and best wishes.

  23. Absolutely don't miss the companion documentation site¹, which describes the game in detail, along with background information about the hardware and the people who made the game.

    ¹: https://cosmodoc.org/

  24. Keep going. With the state of the world we need this site more than you know
  25. And here is a tool to browse and navigate it: https://github.com/rochus-keller/LisaPascal
  26. You can check out the source code of the OS and the 7/7 office applications, written in Pascal (and a bit of 68k assembler, of course) at the CHM: https://computerhistory.org/press-releases/chm-makes-apple-l.../
  27. I used to run it on my 286 with half of it on a 3.5" floppy and the other half of the files on a disc in my 5.25" drive. I didn't have a HDD to run it from at first.
  28. Kinda blazed over the Talkspot/WorldStream thing. Was actively involved in that and my boss had the "pleasure" having technical debates with Ken (a billionaire at the time). A lot of ex-Sierra folks were there and ended up working in Fintech with me. Some will still tell tales of how they coded some of those early games.
  29. Glad to see them enjoying themselves and enjoying their well deserved earnings. Sierra games were great, and have aged amazingly well. I still play through King's Quest 3 every couple of years.
  30. By definition, everything on this site is out of date :-)

    If there is a more complete, up to date account that covers the past and the intervening time available please share.

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