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#1 Old DOS Guy

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

Hello all,


My first post, as you would expect.  My handle "Old DOS Guy" relates to the fact that I started with the OLD DOS computers; actually, one of the first commonly available home computing platforms known as CP/M, "Control Program for Microcomputers" - around 1980, using the Intel 8080 based microcomputer, "Morrow Micro-Decision".  The O/S was developed by by Gary Kildall of Digital Research, Inc., and led to MS-DOS 3.1 and so on.


Each 5 1/2 inch paper floppy held a different program: Personal Pearl database, a spreadsheet program, WordStar word processor, MS Word's precursor.  MS Word still allows many original keystroke shorthand commands, such as Ctrl-B for "Bold Print."


Back then, you got a "Command Prompt" - "C:\ >" - that just stared at you until you figured out what to do.  The books were mainly insanely geekish and incomprehensible, talking about, for instance, "unambiguous file name" - now that meant nothing to me for years!


So, I taught myself batch file commands, then GW-Basic, than onto programming with other Basic type high level interpreters, ending up with work on MS Access using Visual Basic and Access Basic.


I picked up some other stuff along the way, but never actually took a college programming class, although I received some training at my work place and became the resident expert, of sorts, there.  When I ran into trouble, I consulted sites like this one (in later years, when the world awakened to technology), or worked with consultants.


So my presence here is mainly one of interest; I suspect that most regular posters at this site have surpassed me.  But I had a great ride.  At one time, I was teaching computer investigations to law enforcement with Mr. McAfee, who had the block on his newly acquired expertise, "Computer Viruses," which was just dawning as a real threat to the computer world.


My Thank you is because I had a question about WinZIP Quick Pick, which was promptly answered here by a Google search.  Thank you!


I am also impressed with the many excellent freeware downloands - several of which I have used for quite some time and can attest to being truly excellent and useful software!  Calibre, for instance, has opened a world of literally thousands of wonderful free public domain books from the Internet; and many utilities here are also bulletproof and useful.


Thank you for such a great site.  I won't be giving much advice here, if any, but I am impressed with this forum.


Cheers -

Old DOS Guy


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:36 PM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer


Thank You for the interesting read, It seems Your computer experience started a few years before mine. I did use CP/M briefly before moving on. Some of the first BBS systems I accessed were CP/M based.


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#3 Old DOS Guy

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:28 PM



You have a wonderful site. 


And it is better than my memory, 'cause I forgot that I actually started with the Tandy TRS-80, now unfairly called the "Trash 80," which was fed data from a reel on a standard tape cassette using whatever recorder/player that you had available, including Radio Shack's version.  TRS Basic was actually my first language.  But the was extremely limited computing; mainly simpler-than-Donkey Kong type games, a very simple word processor, and the like.


Yes, if you even know about CP/M, you are indeed a walking legacy!




Thanks for the reply.  Best wishes.

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