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Yeah order of install matters. If you installed this before selecting and installing the "terminal services" component of WinNT it can only result in mass hysteria.

Hence the post it applied to the cover of this admin guide.

It was well into this century before it was commonplace to provide serious dependency checks it seems.

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As a student in this recourse I *did* get a nice THICC textbook-like spiral-bound ( :blobaww: ) admin guide!

This isn't just a better RDS terminal server. It supported stuff like "multi-VGA" for server side rendering so you could set up a bunch of thin clients that can deliver graphically intense apps better.

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Complete set of client reference cards, all still in the shrink wrap!

I wonder if that makes them more collectable :blobtonguewink:

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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!

Oooh! Aaah!

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!

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Well it is tomorrow here so let's pull something else out of the Old Computer Books Bin from Nineteen Ninety Nine...

Hey it's another boxed set! Things are gonna get meta. Frame.

Metaframe.

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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

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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

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Everything you wanted to know about SQL but we're afraid to ask

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Behold..."Informix Error Messages"...aka the "DevOops Manual"

628 glorious pages of nothing but numeric error codes and their meanings

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One you have installed this infobeast you have to feed and care for it, which is detailed in this weighty 2 volume tome

Informix is...chunky

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The installation guides are slim and unassuming in order to lull you into a false sense of security.

Don't let that fool you. This is a bit more than `apt install informix`

Note the Order of Installation. Thou shalt not deviate from The Order lest you wind up in Sysop Purgatory

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OK let's look at some more Old Computer Books...

Check out the Tower of Database Power

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The Complete AutoCAD reference really *is* complete at least as of 1993. Probably still mostly valid today too

The Student Manual reads a lot like a textbook (for CAD in general not just how to use AutoCAD specifically) and indeed it was listed as the textbook in the syllabus for the course I took

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The cover art is exceptionally good by computer manual standards. I'm diggin' this Airport in the Sky.

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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 🤷‍♂️

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"READ THE LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY **BEFORE** OPENING..."

This is Pandora's Box of Magnetic Media.

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Let's see what else there is here...

Oh excellent found the manuals AND the box for the Autocad Release 10 Student Edition (for MSDOS) to go with those disks that were still kicking around too!

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What *is* a File Manager, really? :blobthinkingcool:

Before Widows became whimsical with its explorers and wizards it was all about business with all these Managers.

File Manager
Program Manager
Printer Manager

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The more thicc windows got the more thin the printed manual got.

It was even illustrated nicely and covered the applets like paint!

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