[FoRK] One other anecdote re: self-reliance and OSes

Joseph S. Barrera III joe-ml at barrera.org
Wed Jun 25 03:00:42 PDT 2008

Jeff Bone wrote:

>  His ability / willingness to self-serve came to an abrupt halt when
>  he purchased an early Dell w/, IIRC, Windows 3.something on it.  From
>  that time on upgrading his OS meant buying a new box, and for routing
>  chores it meant an increasing amount of help from me, an ever-growing
>  burden with each rev of Win.

Routing as in networking?

Networking in Win 3.1/DOS was a nightmare. In NT it was difficult.
In 2000/XP networking chores have become very easy.

Actually, networking in 3.1 was an amazing feat. I may not be remembering
this correctly but I think Spyglass was one of the early companies that
provided a TCP stack for DOS. Some of their code was picked up
by Internet Explorer and they are still credited to this day.

Yep, I got that wrong. Well, go read

Luggables are cool and are one of my favorite class of collectibles.
Not everyone remembers how Compaq got its name.
One of my favorites luggables is the SX-64.


I mention it to my son when he wishes for a portable xbox.

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