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    I still have an unopened box of WS 7 for DOS. Word processing is strange--WYSIWYL (what you see is what you like). Back in the CP/M days, I used WordStar a lot, starting with 0.90. And there were some very good word processors for CP/M--say, Spellbinder or Memowrite. But most of them were just fancy typewriter replacements. In particular, it took awhile for Wordstar to be able to handle proportional spacing (I have an old patch product that could almost do it right with WS 3.30).

    Then the "document composing" software came by and gave everyone a re-think. You had PageMaker (which was one reason that pubs people bought Macs) and Interleaf (a good reason for buying a Sun Workstation). Very complex, but the result was to die for.

    Word for Windows was pretty good, but I quit updating mine in 2000. Other packages such as AbiWord were just as good--and were free--and didn't carry the burden of registering each installation.

    My primary platform today is Ubuntu x64 and it works fine. For programs that require Windows, there are solutions that work just fine. The popular base is mobile, not desktop--it's a different world..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Orange View Post
    What's not to like with WP? If you were an incidental hack typist, like me for example, 'reveal codes' possibly could save you from some overtime.
    You are right!

    In fact, when I first used Word, I so missed "Reveal Codes" that I almost freaked out & gave up on Word (which is basically what I use now, and have since I wrote an 800+ pg book with Word in '96).

    But at first use, Word was frustrating in it's hidden formatting, and I started out by hating it for reformatting things on me, with no clear way out!

    Amazing what the human brain can get used to, and actually like, in the end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I used WordStar a lot, starting with 0.90. Word for Windows was pretty good, but I quit updating mine in 2000. Other packages such as AbiWord were just as good--and were free--and didn't carry the burden of registering each installation.
    AbiWord is great-I'm constantly amazed by the free offerings these days. I am beginning to use AbiWord & Libre Office, on my Linux box, and Windows 7 box, respectively. I personally can't stand this "move to the cloud" on MS Office (and even the foot dipping by all of the others, trying to compete-needlessly).

    Both of the freebies work great, and do more than is needed by almost any writer.

    Oh, and by the way -- So true -- It IS a different world...

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    LaTeX. Works everywhere. Beautiful results. Use whatever text editor you're the most productive with. Concentrate on content, not fiddling with the layout issues all the time. The best thing I ever did for documentation was to switch over from "wysiwyg" to LaTeX.

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    Heh, I remember doing a lot of documentation with Unix troff. You can produce some nice-looking stuff, but back in the day, it took many iterations (read "paper") to get things just right. LaTeX may be wonderful for original material, but most often, I have to work with something that originated with another party, most likely in Word.

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    IBM and Microsoft made a deal so that they can put Microsofts MS DOS on their computers in Boca Raton.

    And coincidentally I was born in Boca Raton, FL....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesypig View Post
    IBM and Microsoft made a deal so that they can put Microsofts MS DOS on their computers in Boca Raton.

    And coincidentally I was born in Boca Raton, FL....
    So, basically you're telling us that you are the result of a failed IBM/Microsoft deal???
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    So, basically you're telling us that you are the result of a failed IBM/Microsoft deal???
    And WHO would name their city "Rat Mouth" in the first place???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    In public media anyway, the term "MS-DOS" didn't seem to appear until shortly AFTER the release of IBM PC-DOS 1.0, when Microsoft decided it would license versions to other third party OEMs.
    I think Microsoft decided that before they made the deal with IBM, otherwise they wouldn't have given IBM a non-exclusive OEM-license in the first place (pretty sure IBM would have wanted an exclusive license, or even buy the whole product).
    I'm not sure if Microsoft knew about IBM PC clones beforehand, but at least Microsoft seemed to be aiming for a CP/M-like situation where multiple 8088/8086-based systems could run (a port of) the same OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    MS BASIC provided with the IBM PC was what allowed MS to expand like crazy.
    I think it's more about MS BASIC powering virtually every other microcomputer system as well, in the late 70s/early 80s, making MS BASIC more widespread than DOS initially, which was limited to x86-based computers.

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