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Lurker's Laptop [message #5034] Fri, 16 February 2007 18:24 Go to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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lurker wrote on Fri, 16 February 2007 03:03

BTW, my 760 is on its last legs, not enough memory to adequately handle the current OS requirements, so it's stuck trying to work under NT, slowly killing the drive with infinite memory swapping. Sad

Try getting the hell OFF the Microsoft train, lurker; I can easily run a non-graphical Linux on a P75.
And nowadays, most PCMCIA cards are supported instantly, no tweaking required. I know this, I've had several...

For those of you innocent to the ways of the world, Microsoft is engaged with computer manufacturers in one of those not-quite-a conspiracy; new versions of MS, which MS DESPERATELY needs to sell you junkies, are hooked to high standards of hardware, because that's the only thing that will allow them to run reasonably with each version's bloat. On the other hand, do you have a REASON to upgrade to the newest MS? Or is it just that everyone else is doing it?

Windows95 still works fine for the retarded laptop I often write Tuck on (since Debian unaccountably demands the entirety of X for the dosemu package, and I WILL have my DOS text editor to write Tuck), and still interfaces with the rest of my LAN and through the firewall to the outside world, well enough.
(Yes, thank you, I know I can force dosemu to install via some 'dpkg --force' commands; I haven't researched it nor fiddled with it. The thing's only got a 1440Mb hard drive, which is a little small for two OSs plus all the data I like to have on hand; and I don't want to have it INOP while I fiddle with it, when it's working now)

Is anyone else using Linux or older versions of something on ancient hardware? The "working" laptop around here is 1997 vintage.

Lurker: what are you doing with this laptop? Is it a portable terminal for you? Or do you do Other Things on it?


Ellen
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Re: Lurker's Laptop [message #5073] Mon, 05 March 2007 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Josea  is currently offline Josea
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Ellen Hayes wrote on Fri, 16 February 2007 15:24

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and I WILL have my DOS text editor to write Tuck
...

Which DOS text editor do you use to write Tuck? Just curious.

-Josea
Re: Lurker's Laptop [message #5077] Wed, 07 March 2007 13:23 Go to previous message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Josea wrote on Mon, 05 March 2007 23:12

Which DOS text editor do you use to write Tuck?


An ancient one called "The Semware Editor Jr", also distributed under the name "QEdit". Shareware, though the slightly wimpy version works as minor-nagware. It worked well when my pirated-from-school copy of Wordstar 2000 stopped...

And now, as often happens, I have the commands for that particular software embedded in my fingers and spinal column; it is painful to use another editor.

The only bug I've found, is that once in a rare while, it will add a carriage return in a random place in a file. Changing merely one character anywhere in the file makes this bogus CR go away; it is not visible within the program itself but only when viewed with another program.

It does, however, handle with sanity many problems I've run into over the years, especially those caused by Microsoft and its fuck-the-standard-and-fuck-sanity-too files.

It also fits onto a 1.44 floppy with plenty of room for a DOS and at least 1Mb of files - which, since they are text, are about one million characters.

I don't use a spellchecker when writing, since at least half of the errors are of the sort that a spellchecker misses.


Ellen
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