[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX Official Add-On Acceleration

  • From: "Paul Reynolds" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 13:49:05 -0000

I think I may still have a CPM 80/86 installation disk somewhere...  5 and a
quarter inch floppy. Not only that but I've also still got a copy of
Smartware Office suite that ran on it!

At my mothers house there is still an Acorn Electron somewhere complete with
tape deck for loading and the cassette of Revs (Geoff Crammond's first motor
racing game).

Cue group nostalgia...


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Brook
Sent: 05 November 2007 12:59
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: FSX Official Add-On Acceleration

> These days, hardware development is way ahead of software, I can
> remember when software drove hardware development, yes I am showing my
> age here.

I'm not sure that I agree that H/W dev is now way ahead of S/W.  This is
certainly true when it comes to the much neglected FS but the S/W developers
writing gaming S/W for the great unwashed masses are more than capable of
keeping up with H/W developments (S/W development is a LOT cheaper than H/W
development of the sort now needed) and the H/W developers are still finding
it difficult to stay one step ahead (as they always have done!).

> Do you remember when the DOS OS came on a 5 and a quarter inch
> floppy?? even the first Windows came on a few of the latest 3 and a
> half stiffies. I do.
> These days, it is a couple of DVDs or more uugh!
> Enough.
> FF

Ooooh, don't get me started down that road or I'll start reminiscing about
my 1967 experiences with an Elliot 803
(they were very proud of their 'portable' version which fitted in the back
of a Landrover), or of writing and debugging huge proggies in Fortran IV and
being able to visually read punched tape, or clandestinely getting a huge
Hewlett Packard 2116B mainframe to play Xmas Carols in 1970, or buying an
HP-35 calculator in 1972 and an HP-65 in 1974 (still got it!), or using a
DR-DOS OpSys on a 286, or laboriously writing in Cobol, Basic and Machine
Code or buying a Compaq 386 (for my Company) that cost GBP8000 in 1986, or
struggling with the really early versions of Windoze, or wasting a grand on
a RISC cored BBC Archimedes box of rubbish, or, or ...


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