The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
I used to use PCWrite[^] ...I would still use it if it was still around. Went looking for the source code to try and port it to newer operating systems but alas, it was nowhere to be found. You could apparently get the source code if you bought the full version.
He should have switched to Word 2.0 (for DOS), it was really good and didn't use as much memory as WordStar. This was back in the good old days when Microsoft could actually sometimes make better software than the competitors without having to buy another competitor.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
(Quite) a few years ago I was working for a large government department in the UK and was given the job of creating standard business templates for all users - letters, memos, agendas etc - all featuring the official logo, using the standard fonts and layouts etc.
Half of the people were using MS Word 6.0 on Windows 2000 and Windows 98, but the other half had yet to be upgraded and were mainly using Wordperfect on DOS 6.1 boxes. The people who specified the document standards were using the best printers, had full MSOffice with MS Publisher and specified a standard font that wasn't a standard Windows font (Garamond, which came with Publisher), specified logo positioning that 90% of the printers in use couldn't handle (within the non-printable areas on the page) and provided high res logos that the insisted must be used, which increased the document file sizes by a factor of at least 10, causing everything to grind to a halt as the file servers ran out of disk space. The number of different options I was required to provide also blew through the 64KB limit for Windows .ini files, so I had to have entries in the main ini file that pointed to subordinate ini files. Oh joy!
Writing the Wordperfect versions was also a nightmare - the WP macro language was shite.
I'm an optoholic - my glass is always half full of vodka.
On 15th May 1994 I got on a plane to Budapest. It was my first trip there. It was for work and there was a fair amount of alcohol consumed. Scrap that, there was a lot of alcohol consumed.
But we did work.
I went out with a delivery of the latest version of our software. The client, K&H, are still going but long ago switched off the software; actually probably only about 10 years since they migrated from the last version I put in.
The software was a retail banking system and I worked on the client side. The main backend was an IBM 3290 CICS system. I worked on the front office stuff which was all on the new fangled Windows platform.
To be precise, the front end bloatware ran on Windows 3.11 Workgroups with NT servers for the messaging. Each of the three messaging components needed it's own box as it ran at ~100% CPU irrespective of the workload; I sh*t yee not.
Everything was developed in VB3 and each and every form had a different style. The menus where all hard coded and yet the actually menu bars where created dynamically; fun stuff. Nobody trusted the inbuilt Date data type, so we had strings and lots of nasty code. Even one doofus-numbnut-brain-twok decided that a week was not seven days but 365/52 days as it made maturity of weekly interest fall on the correct anniversary. Somewhere in the pits of hell, I have some floppies with copies of the code base from that era; I will never look at them. Never!
Oh there was an Oracle DB there somewhere, but it did very little as everything went to the mainframe. I think it was one of those 'have to have an RDBMS for it to be serious.
But really, I never imagined that day that within a few year Budapest would be my real home and that I'd end up married to one of the locals.
Relaxing, after the most intense 6 months of development in my life, culminating with a ten consecutive days on a trade show stand in Dusseldorf for the product launch. Product went on to be the best seller the company had ever seen, and changed a £2M pa turnover company to a £5.6M pa company in the first year after we started selling it the following October. And it kept climbing from there, to peak at £12M pa and settle at around £10M.
I really, really, should have demanded a commision on each sale...
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
Yep. I was in a shop whose flagship product was built on VB5 and C++. Ah, those innocent days of youth... I was also just beginning to poke my nose into .NET and Java. Weird, I know, but I had just been dropped into a project which had a Java client pulling data from a .NET web service. Thems were fun days!
Several years ago when I briefly reentered the software field I reapplied at a company I used to work for where I had written a C++ application that handled their call center...major company, 350 agents, 5K calls/day and found that they were still using it. That was quite a thrill to learn that, but didn't get the job!
Along with Antimatter and Dark Matter they've discovered the existence of Doesn't Matter which appears to have no effect on the universe whatsoever!
Rich Tennant 5th Wave
Last Visit: 31-Dec-99 18:00 Last Update: 26-May-17 10:55