Re: Prisoner of cyberspace

Joachim Feise (
Tue, 12 May 1998 15:05:37 -0700

Joe Barrera wrote:
> > That was in Windoze 1. Version 2.x had overlapping windows.
> > But I guess there was no real need in Win2 for Alt-Tab, since you didn't
> have
> > enough memory to run more than 1 program at a time.
> That all depends on how much memory your machine has (obviously). My Windows
> 2.11 machine has 4MB and can run bunches of programs at once.

What programs are that? Clock and similar hi-tech tools? I meant *real*
programs, like desktop publishing stuff. I ran Ventura on GEM.
At that time, MS didn't know about swapping yet. Even Win3 did not swap on 286
machines. Not that it was not possible. AFAIK, Unix/Xenix implementations worked
fine on 286 with swapping. The guys who wrote Windows just didn't know how to do
it, they rather relied on the hardware paging in the 386.


Joachim Feise                  Microsoft Certified Solution Developer