[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Dell Dimension XPS 466V

Neil Cherry ncherry at linuxha.com
Wed Jan 20 10:08:54 EST 2016

On 01/20/2016 08:58 AM, Ethan wrote:
>> We also had Macs at the time and they were clearly better. I could never really
>> understand why people were using Windows at the time. Our Macs were the color Macs
>> and were very expensive (I'm betting that was it) but they were reliable and the
>> environment was completely consistent. The Mac applications generally shared the
>> exact same key and mouse strokes so learning a new application was a breeze and the
>> mouse and the keyboard compliment each other. On Windows, trying to use the mouse and
>> keyboard in a consistent manner was impossible.
> It was all about DOS, and having actual software to run. The Macs had good desktop
> publishing, but calling BBSes on them wouldn't be good (full screen full color Ansi
> with the real PC character set!) By the i386, you had rocking sound cards, tons of
> games, tons of shareware freeware and a huge underground. PC had so much more software
> just a lot of it on the DOS side. High resolution of the Mac rocked but Mac OS 1 to 9
> .. File forks? I copied a file onto one from a PC that eas a SeaArc or SIT and the
> Alladin systems unarchiver can't see the file and... yea Mac OS was horrible.

Ah, yes, I do recall that. I was fortunate not to have owned a PC
until Linux was nearing 0.91. I had Windows for about a week (I used it
at work alot). I then loaded Linux on the machine. I still have the
machine in front of me (AT&T 6386SX/EL WGS). My previous machine was
a 3B1.

While I didn't own a PC, I built tons of them for other folks. I guess
I was a Unix snob. Once Linux arrived I was still trying to figure out
why folks wanted to use Windows. ;-)

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