We un-decked the halls this weekend and I decided to pull out some long forgotten bins under the stairs to make a bit more room for holiday decorations. One of the boxes was "old computer books" that I filled and put away under there when I moved in and hadn't looked in since.
I took possession of my home and moved here in October...of 1999 😬
Shall we explore what this time capsule has to offer?
The more thicc windows got the more thin the printed manual got.
It was even illustrated nicely and covered the applets like paint!
Wow look at these license terms...
"You may not...use this program outside of the US or Canada"
I wonder if BSA agents followed people who went on a trip to Mexico with their luggabe PCs to make sure they didn't open AutoCAD
Since this is a student edition I will probably have to go back to school to run this, or I'll get visited by a man in a dark suit and sunglasses
Well at least the license is concise and clear 🤷♂️
Behold..."Informix Error Messages"...aka the "DevOops Manual"
628 glorious pages of nothing but numeric error codes and their meanings
Ok now for something else out of the Old Computer Books bin...
I am a control systems/automation engineer by training so Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the computers I am supposed to be an expert in.
PLCs are at least as terrible as any other computer TBH.
Quarter century later and these damn PLC-5s and SLC-500s still come back to haunt me
This PLC stuff is from a time not long after Rockwell International bought ICOM software because their Allen Bradley division was so Bad at Software that most of their PLC users bought the 3rd party programming software from ICOM.
So in Rockwell tradition of the time, if you can beat them buy them.
Thus ICOM branding was still lurking around
This is a special copy of v1.8 provided as part of my Citrix Certified Administrator ™️ training.
It had sneak preview content providing Windows 2000 compatibility not yet available to the public!
Besides the installation media still in the box (!) The reference docs are on CD so the stack of printed material is small.
Bonus content: a full CD archive of csnweb.com so you don't have to wait for all the Flash™️ content to crawl its way into your browser over your 56k modem!
@msh autodesk way out ahead of the curve, releasing autocad 10 while floppies were still valid install media. what took microsoft and apple so heckin long to get to 10?
@djsundog all those silly point releases we know bigger is better amirite?
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@Lofenyy since I was a student I think it was "only" a couple hundred bucks at the University Bookstore, which adjusted for inflation... makes me weep.
But that was about the same as some of my more expensive textbooks so...
@msh It really puts the "business " in "business machine". Honestly, we should have called computers that from the start.
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