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#1 Andrew

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:15 AM

So I was putzing around the internet the other night, feeling a bit nostalgic for the days of acoustic couplers and when 32MB of RAM was unheard of when I remembered a particular piece of software my parents bought when I was still knee-high: Microsoft Bob

For those of you fortunate enough to never have heard of MS Bob, your luck has just run out!

Microsoft Bob was M$'s attempt to create a "friendlier" look for Windows 3.1. Bob presented the user with a house and rooms instead of the Windows desktop and file manager. Want to write a letter? Click on the pad of paper in the living room. Balance your checkbook? Click the checkbook. Your host for this domicilic environment was a nice little pooch named Rover (who later got a job as the Windows XP search animation). Rover guided you through the labrynth that is Bob.

Sadly, Bob was the hugest bomb in M$ history and he had to be put to sleep.

But Bob lives on! Within a VMware terminal I installed Bob on a virtual Windows 3.11 machine. Yes, Bob lived again! Then, on a whim, I tried to install Bob on my XP machine. Bob worked! With no fiddling he sprang immediately to life! A paragon of backwards compatability that M$ apparently abandoned after Bob failed.

After about five minutes, though, I put Bob back to sleep. I remembered why Bob died to begin with... Bob sucked.

So, who else out there remembers Bob?

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 10 April 2007 - 08:17 AM.


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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:18 AM

You really have too much time on your hands!!!
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:51 AM

At our repair shop during those "good old days", we would help people understand how to avoid using Bob on their pre-setup systems.

Bob was fun and clever, but only for a little while, then it just became a bother.


Maybe if they had called it "Sue" or "Babs" it might have done better!


Nah!

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:09 AM

It may interest you to know that the department at M$ that developed Bob was headed by a young lady who later became Mrs. Bill Gates.

I'm just saying...

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:25 PM

M$ BOB. ah yes microsoft's attempt to dumb down a computer. then came Win95 which was a less blatant attempt to do the same thing

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 04:29 AM

Never heard of Microsoft Bob before but it must've been very interesting to have windows like that.
I guess bob failed because it wasn't convenient enough.

BTW:
Why is everyone using '$' for a 's' in microsoft?

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 08:17 AM

BTW:
Why is everyone using '$' for a 's' in microsoft?



My guess is that they are using an Apple computer,

and the "S" key isn't working.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 09:56 AM

I have MS BOB and yes it sucked... of all the thing MS did there was the stupidest thing. It was fun at first but after 5-10 minutes it just sucked. I'm keeping mine just for my collection. It's never even been opened.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 10:08 AM

More on M$ Bob
http://toastytech.com/guis/bob.html

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:44 PM

http://www.userfriendlypcrepair.com/documents/msbob.html

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 05:15 PM

BTW:
Why is everyone using '$' for a 's' in microsoft?


Its a anti-microsoft thing. It came around about the time M$ started to squeeze the competition in the Browser wars.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 05:30 PM


BTW:
Why is everyone using '$' for a 's' in microsoft?


Its a anti-microsoft thing. It came around about the time M$ started to squeeze the competition in the Browser wars.



Yeah, I remember those days.

Microsoft did a terrible thing -

instead of allowing us to pay $49 each for a copy of Netscape

they allowed us to use Internet Explorer for free!

It's no wonder folks continue to be upset.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:36 PM


BTW:
Why is everyone using '$' for a 's' in microsoft?


Its a anti-microsoft thing. It came around about the time M$ started to squeeze the competition in the Browser wars.



Yeah, I remember those days.

Microsoft did a terrible thing -

instead of allowing us to pay $49 each for a copy of Netscape

they allowed us to use Internet Explorer for free!

It's no wonder folks continue to be upset.

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Pay for Netscape???? I never did and I had from Version 2 to 7.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:52 PM

Pay for Netscape???? I never did and I had from Version 2 to 7.



Well, neither did I, but the Netscape folks sure wanted us to.


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Posted 11 April 2007 - 07:05 PM

And if I remember correctly, Netscape had major problems with copyright infringement, brought by the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, the creators of Mosaic (actually the students). UIUC holds the copyright.

BTW, I think I can still find a copy of M$ Bob. That is, if the floppy disks are still good.
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