Category: Tech History

Recollections of vintage computers and software

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Starting Up Windows 95

Before 1995, operating systems were not something the average person thought about. Sure there were hardcore geeks out there debating the merits of Windows vs OS/2, but the merits of such platforms had not...

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The First Browser War

The World Wide Web really started to take off in the mid-1990s, and if you wanted to use it, you needed a web browser. Early Internet users could make do with simple text-based terminal...

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The Rise of Microsoft Windows NT

Early versions of Microsoft Windows were pretty primitive by modern standards, but that’s only because Windows was meant to be an interim solution. It started out as a graphical interface that ran atop MS-DOS,...

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Early Versions of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows has been around for 30 years, and it’s still the dominant operating system for desktop PCs. Ever since the release of Windows 95, this venerable OS has dominated the desktop market, (especially...

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AOL and Other Online Services

In my early days of computing, I logged on to Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) to download files and participate in forum discussions. The BBSes I logged into were free, but they were hard to...

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The Computer Chronicles

Regular readers of this site will know that I’m big into tech history. I was fascinated by computers as a child and a teenager, and I spend a lot of time writing about vintage...

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NextStep: The Granddaddy of iOS

If you use any modern Apple product, you’re using a computer operating system invented in the late 1980s. Here’s the story of Steve Jobs’ NeXTSTEP operating system, and how a piece of software once...

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The Rise and Fall of OS/2

When IBM decided to get into the personal computer business, they knew they had to move quickly to get a foot in the door. Thus the makers of the original IBM PC worked outside...

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Old Computer Hardware I Don’t Miss

I’ve been a computer nerd for most of my life, and while it’s easy to get nostalgic about vintage computers, it’s also good to remember just how far we’ve come. A few months ago,...