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.
Old DOS Guy