and I go back a long way.
I was there when the first personal computers were made available for
sale. And when the first IBM PC's went on sale. I got my first system in
To date, I've had experience at
running everything from a Commodore VIC20 (which still resides in a box
in the barn) to a pair of IBM 390 mainframes. I hated MS-DOS along with
everyone else who had to use it at that time. It's ironic that I almost
bought a copy of DOS before Microsoft bought the rights to it. It was
being sold by the very small Seattle company that actually wrote it.
I successfully stayed away from Windows until version 3.0. That was the
turning point, as most of you know. It was the point where Windows
actually got good enough to use on a daily basis. We all hated the fact
that DOS would only do one thing at a time and Windows seemed to be a
way around that. It didn't look all that good on a 256-color screen, but
it was a start.
That's the basis of my experience. I've done some programming, here and
there. Mostly, though, I've performed as tech support and program
evaluation team for a close group of friends for many years. If it's
done anything, it's given me a gigantic amount of experience in
installing and running Windows software. It's never an easy job. In
every install there are the seeds of disaster. Experience means that I
have a better than average chance of figuring out what's gone wrong
before it kills my system, but I still end up reinstalling the OS about
once a month. Thank goodness for drive imagers!
That large body of experience also means that I'm a good software
tester. If I can't break it, then it's a pretty darn good program. And
if I can't run the day-to-day functions of a program without looking at
the manual, you'll know there's something wrong with the user interface.
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