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View Poll Results: What is your favorite OS
DOS! 4 3.31%
Windows 3.1/3.11 2 1.65%
Win95 a/b/c 0 0%
Win98/98se 8 6.61%
WinMe 1 0.83%
Windows NT4 0 0%
Windows 2000 14 11.57%
WinXP 66 54.55%
Linix/Unix 12 9.92%
Other 14 11.57%
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Old 08-06-02, 07:37 PM   #37
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DOS was the best! I never ever liked Win 3.1, Win95 was hopeless until OSR2 was released, then it became reasonably good, if a little slow, then 98 came out ad oh dear! Microsoft stabbed themselves in the foot!! 98SE was a 100% improvement, then WinMe, was just disgraceful... HOW do people use it? its soooooo unreliable! 2k was brilliant tho, and XP is def the right direction to go in, if a little slow occasioanally, but hey for games it kicks 98's ass
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Old 08-07-02, 05:20 AM   #38
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Man, you have enough gear in that box for THREE computers! You have enough drive space there to start storing the London Library on it! How's the weather in Portsmouth? ;-)
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Old 08-07-02, 05:36 AM   #39
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its actually very good today, nice and sunny

and nah my drives are full with divx movies and loadz of mp3s

oh yeah, my old 386 was running at 20MHz, i still have it, its sitting under the bed! was amazing at the time, got a scsi interface on board, and a built in tape streamer
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Old 08-07-02, 08:33 AM   #40
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Yup, I can remember running a 386 with a copy of DOS and Win 3.X on the teeny hard drives back then. MP3s and DIVX movies? Must have a high speed connection, or you like to sleep to the sound of a modem downloading big files at nite!

I am waiting for the sun to arrive so I can open the windows here, (and I don't even have to pay Bill to open THESE windows! ) and let the house air a bit. You should take your old 386 out of storage under the bed and put it into use as a backup for some of your files you would like to keep, but don't want access to immediately. If you have a SCSI interface and tape drive in the box, it will serve as a nice little backup box, or if you really want to get creative, you could probably run a little network and use it as a server and file storage and print server. There are Linux kernels around that will SMOKE on a 386 box, as long as you have some RAM in it and don't mind a command line interface to it. Tho I am sure there are a few GUI shells around that will run in 386 land. Have a happy! Don't break too many hard drives with all those MP3 files and movies!!!
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lol... i have a home network, and an internet server, which is also a print server i have a 576k connection, and about 6 comps at the mo on my network....

my net server is a pile of crap! this old P200, but im actually building a K62/380 system right now to replace it
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Old 08-08-02, 07:16 AM   #42
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Alrighty then! I guess the old 386 is just a boat anchor then, unless you can find a board to stuff the SCSI interface and tape drive onto, and use them. Sounds a nice network you have there. I have five on this one. My server is an AMD K6/2 350 with 196Mb of RAM and teeny drives ( A 5G and a 10G ) that I pulled out of a machine I was reconfiguring for my wife. . That's how I keep myself occupied here. I keep rebuilding the network and adding workstations to it, after I upgrade everything else. Things sorta trickle down the chain, but the server is in the middle of that.

My personal workstation is an Athlon 1.3Ghz CPU, 512Mb RAM, Tyan S2390B Motherboard, which supports my TNT2 card (yeah, low end Nvidia, but I don't often play too many games. Just Diablo2 and RTCW every so often. ) , a SBLive! card, the obligatory NIC (AON-325 10/100), and a 30G and 40G Western Digital hard drive. I have Win98SE on the 30, and Mandrake Linux 8.2 on the 40, and I use Linux for my day to day stuff.

My wife has my old 850Mhz Duron box, with 256Mb RAM, the same Nvidia card, a SB Awe64 PCI, 20G Western Digital hard drive, and she also has the flat bed scanner and printer attached to her machine. I just borrow the use of the printer now and again, thru the network.

I have a couple of low end machines for workstations around the house. A P200 and a P120! The P200 is running Mandrake, and the 120 runs OS/2 Warp 4. I know, but I had a guy GIVE me a copy, so I threw it onto a machine. I also have a few other copies of older stuff kicking about. Win95B, OS/2 Warp 3, WinNT 3.5 Workstation, and of course the ever popular DOS/Win 3.11 combo. I have a friend who is threatening to give me an old Mac of some sort, and it has a built in NIC, so I could probably throw it onto the network too, I suppose, but she keeps dancing around it. I'll wait. I keep collecting odd bits of machinery and run them to death, then recycle to bits I can, and REALLY recycle the bits I can't.

Good to see I'm not the only odd duck with a growing network in my house! Hmmm.... I wonder if you could consider a network a life-form? It has a brain, (More than one, it would seem. ) and the machines hooked in perform various functions, like listening and speaking (in a way), and I figure they must be intelligent, because every time I say that the network probably doesn't need an upgrade right now, it decides to break something so I'll get it a new toy!!

Gotta run off and eat or I'll starve to death, and then the network will take over the house in my place!

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Old 08-08-02, 07:22 AM   #43
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i only live with my parents!! we have systems everywhere tho! couldnt live without a home network.. makes things much easier, not just net access, but filesharing, and multiplayer UT when friends are round
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Old 09-03-02, 04:30 PM   #44
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WinXP sucks, crap interface, bloated middleware, activation, unstable, POS.
Win2K sucks, poor games compatibility, application errors.
WinME sucks, see 98 below.
Win98 sucks, unstable, unexpected BSODs.
Win95 sucks, no proper USB, or AGP, or ACPI, unstable.
WinNT4 sucks, no USB, AGP, no DIRECTX or FAT32.
Linux sucks, only a handful of games, and it would be easier to configure a machine based on a Quantum Mechanical Physical Hyperspeed Architecture over Linux.
DOS sucks, no GUI, poor memory management, have to load TSRs and device drivers.
Win3.1 sucks because it just does, some of the weirdest BSOD screens I have ever seen, plus it just sits on top of DOS.
MacOS sucks, cause people don't like Apples.
All other OSes not mentioned here suck as well.

BTW, do NOT take the above post as a flame or something, I am merely pointing out where each OS falls short and why we multiboot most of the time.
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Old 09-03-02, 04:57 PM   #45
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You know, I often wonder where all this instability mumbojumbo comes from concerning WindowsXP and Windows 2000. The PC I am on now is a WinXP machine that I do everything on..game, internet..whathaveyou. The machine beside that is a Windows 2000 box that runs nothing but Folding@Home. Both machines are powered and number crunching until this wonderful florida weather manages to knock out the power. I have never once come home from class to find either stalled, blue screened or otherwise incumbered. The only blue-screening/crash I ever had was trying to hook up a crappy external CD-R drive from IOMEGA that didn't have XP compatibility. That was my own fault. BTW, both machines are VIA/AMD boxes, so by all acounts I should be in PC blue-screen hell..but I'm not. Hmm..perphaps I'm just lucky..or incredibly good.
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Old 09-03-02, 06:27 PM   #46
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WinXP sucks, crap interface, bloated middleware, activation, unstable, POS.
Win2K sucks, poor games compatibility, application errors.
WinME sucks, see 98 below.
Win98 sucks, unstable, unexpected BSODs.
Win95 sucks, no proper USB, or AGP, or ACPI, unstable.
WinNT4 sucks, no USB, AGP, no DIRECTX or FAT32.
Linux sucks, only a handful of games, and it would be easier to configure a machine based on a Quantum Mechanical Physical Hyperspeed Architecture over Linux.
DOS sucks, no GUI, poor memory management, have to load TSRs and device drivers.
Win3.1 sucks because it just does, some of the weirdest BSOD screens I have ever seen, plus it just sits on top of DOS.
MacOS sucks, cause people don't like Apples.
All other OSes not mentioned here suck as well.

BTW, do NOT take the above post as a flame or something, I am merely pointing out where each OS falls short and why we multiboot most of the time.
Jesus christ, have you ever installed a win2k service pack in your life??!? All those issues were eradicated in sp1!

nt4... , for an os intended for low-end machines, you sure want a lot from it. And fat32? Gimme a break, what a POS as far as filesystems go.

And osx is unix... the way to go.
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uh... which version of mac os? i mean X an the ones below it are starkly different from one another . .
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