I think I still have a copy of DR-DOS somewhere.. I definitely have DOS5.1 on three floppies.. Like you my first PC was a direct result of us getting Compaq 386's at work. After hacking the system and installing FS4 on it <g> a purchase was inevitable but by the time I could afford one things had moved on. My first PC was a 486 DX4/100 from Dan Computers (I wonder what happened to them?) and it turned out to be the only PC I ever bought. Subsequent upgrades evolved into rebuilds and I'm still doing that now. Remember when 4Mb RAM cost 120 quid? <g> bones -----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 http://www.sli-institute.ac.uk/~bob/elliott803.htm (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 ... M.