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    AutoCAD. Without that buggy-as-nuts program, my business would cease to function.

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    Me: FolderMatch. I use it for synching up my USB drive, and I've found it to be useful for tons of other stuff, as well as synching file backups on different drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    I'm sorry that you're too young to remember a time before Windows, or any OS for that matter, but there used to be a time we could boot a program straight off of a floppy w/o an OS..
    actually you still had the boot sector with MS [microsoft]-DOS on it. man i remember booting apples with MS-DOS. how ironic. apple originally booted off microsoft, now they are using intel chips. if you are a good bit older than i am [except you mention floppies and it was originally punchcards/paper and magnetic reels]... then you will recognize below:

    people give bill gates a lot of shit, but microsoft was formed in the fact they wrote the OS that the OG "personal computer" used, the altair 8800 [c.1975]... on punch paper no less. the bootstrap [OS] was written on the flight out to MITS in order to sell them Micro-Soft BASIC, which evolved into MS-DOS.

    IOW, the OS has always existed, it HAS to exist... but was originally called a bootstrap.

    what program couldnt i live w/o? sadly, probably outlook. other apps i can adapt w/o... i just figure outlook is the most used app in my machine, other than possibly my browser at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by procreate View Post
    actually you still had the boot sector with MS [microsoft]-DOS on it. man i remember booting apples with MS-DOS. how ironic. apple originally booted off microsoft, now they are using intel chips. if you are a good bit older than i am [except you mention floppies and it was originally punchcards/paper and magnetic reels]... then you will recognize below:

    people give bill gates a lot of shit, but microsoft was formed in the fact they wrote the OS that the OG "personal computer" used, the altair 8800 [c.1975]... on punch paper no less. the bootstrap [OS] was written on the flight out to MITS in order to sell them Micro-Soft BASIC, which evolved into MS-DOS.

    IOW, the OS has always existed, it HAS to exist... but was originally called a bootstrap.


    what program couldnt i live w/o? sadly, probably outlook. other apps i can adapt w/o... i just figure outlook is the most used app in my machine, other than possibly my browser at times.
    I remember the days before a drive of any sort. The venerable Tandy PC's from the early 80's had no HDD, the floppy was optional (no joke) and you bought huge books of software full of lines of code to enter to avoid the expense of drives and media. It had no DOS, no OS of any sort, just a prompt.

    I was playing with punchcard PC's in kindergarden, talk about a toy

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    mat,
    Your about 9 years older then I am, but I can remember the Tandy's when I was in 7th grade at Deltona jr high
    We were forced to take computers as a elective. It would take all of the class period to punch in some endless code, just to see a rocket take off on
    the screen, or to make some stick figure chase his dog around
    It wasen't untill I hit high school{another forced elective}, that we got to play around with the "newer"
    5.25 floppys so we could play good ol' Battlechess and that was cool
    because it "only" took 35mins to load
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    ah those were the days of typing code to play a game that you couldnt save... made all those little blips so special.

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    Anybody who ever had an early computer that used a cassette player for storage should get a kick out of running this Sinclair ZX emulator (http://www.spectaculator.com/). You can set it so that it will emulate the sounds they used to make...major trip down nostalgia lane for me there.

    And uhh I reckon PQ Partition Magic is the one program I'd be hard pressed to replace or do without.
    Last edited by Jon Gerow; 12-07-2006 at 10:35 AM.

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