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Postby Boozybaz » Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:25 am

pro is better than home
i am using home @ the moment untill the format again
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Postby Freezmizer » Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:37 am

Better in what ways? More features, easier to use? Be specific. :)
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Postby Boozybaz » Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:50 am

well obviously cuz its a pro version and not home there is gonna be more/different options but 2 be honest i have only had it on a few days and i aint looked through the options really but as i do and as i spot things different from pro i will let you know

i gave you the XP pro no activation ISO why did'nt you burn it?? its off me it aint gonna be a dodgy ISO
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Postby Freezmizer » Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:54 am

I did burn it and a friend of mine installed it on her puter, works great. I just dont have a real need to switch yet because my copy of XP Home is "legit" and hasn't caused me any problems. But if I see any things about XP Pro I may consider changing over. :)
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Postby Boozybaz » Mon Mar 29, 2004 2:00 am

***** man just row the boat out and take a chance, you aint gonna know whats different till you try pro are you??

make sure you "upgrade" and not "fresh installation"
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Postby Grinch » Mon Mar 29, 2004 4:01 am

The pro version has more administrative options. Other than that it is just like the Home version
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Postby dogmeat » Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:52 am

I've used:

3.31
95
97 Alpha
98
NT
2000 Pro
ME
XP Home
XP Pro

My Dad worked for Microsoft, so I had access to a various releases of the different versions.

3.31: Good for it's time. It's time is past.
95: A leap forward in GUI, but buggy.
97 Alpha: Looked like 97, more bugs. So buggy that the final release was renamed Win98.
98: Still basically looks like 95, but improvements in performance.
NT: Still the same interface. Was good for network use.
2000 Pro: Yup, same interface. Great OS for computers with less than 800Mhz.
ME: A newer feel, but missing some functions I like. A bit unstable.
XP Home: The new look. Major drawback, all the security measures can be bypassed.
XP Pro: Best version of Windows released to date, if your computer is good enough to run it.
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Postby Boozybaz » Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:45 am

i 2nd that prae, XP pro is the best i have used, and actually upon his reccomendation if i rememebr correctly :?
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Postby Katcha » Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:48 pm

Well....from the begining

Some early form of basic (Vic20)
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Dos 3
Dos 3.2
Dos 3.3/Gem GUI
Dos 5/Win 3.1
Dos 6/Win3.1
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Win95
Win95 OSR2
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Win2k <- I'm still happy with this in 2004, my pc runs for weeks at a time :D

I did try Windows 2.0 but my PC at the time couldn't handle it. I've also fiddled with various flavours of Linux.
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Postby Boozybaz » Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:23 am

thats alot man
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Postby Katcha » Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:47 am

Boozybaz wrote:thats alot man


Yeah I'm showing my age. Got hooked on computers when the first home computers appeared.
A friend showed me his, he typed :-

10 Print "Hello"
20 goto 10

Then he typed 'run' and the screen filled with hello's. I was amazed that 2 simple lines did that. I went and bought my first computer next morning.
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Postby Boozybaz » Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:51 am

haha ROFL :lol: :lol:
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Postby battye » Sun Apr 04, 2004 11:08 am

Katcha wrote:
Boozybaz wrote:thats alot man


Yeah I'm showing my age. Got hooked on computers when the first home computers appeared.
A friend showed me his, he typed :-

10 Print "Hello"
20 goto 10

Then he typed 'run' and the screen filled with hello's. I was amazed that 2 simple lines did that. I went and bought my first computer next morning.


What OS was that?
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Postby Grinch » Sun Apr 04, 2004 11:21 am

Those are DOS commands. QBASIC programming language.
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Postby Katcha » Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:24 pm

grinch2171 wrote:Those are DOS commands. QBASIC programming language.


It's even earlier than DOS. QBASIC was a form of basic which runs on DOS.

The first home computers such as the Vic20 and the Spectrum all booted to a rom which ran BASIC. All the first programs on these were written in basic then they started getting better and used what was known as 'machine code' which still needed a 'BASIC loader' to prepare the computer to run the code. This was when the better games started appearing such as Manic Miner, Donkey Kong, Chuckie Egg etc. Some of the first games and apps took up to 10 minutes to load from magnetic tape and quite often needed to load the next level in from tape as the game progressed.

I remember typing lines and lines of basic listed in magazines into the computer to play a simple game, this was before 'cover cassettes' appeared. Of course it always failed at the first attempt which meant trawling the code for the errors (if you were lucky it told you the line number and type of error). Quite often it was a 'typo' in the magazine which meant trying to fix it yourself.

It was all great fun though, there was a sense of achievement when/if it finally ran.

Progs were fairly easy to copy though. If they were proteced I used apps called 'Scamp' and 'Tomcat' to copy them. If that failed a simple copy of the cassette on a dual deck tape player often did the trick.

BTW My Vic20 had a whopping 3 and a half kilobytes of ram available to use.
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