Historic Documents

July 26th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

All the old Linux crap is not, by the way, the oldest tech junk I found this week:

  • Two operator manuals for a Sinclair ZX81

  • An Amiga manual ca. Workbench 2.0

  • A guide to DR DOS v5

The Sinclair ZX81 stuff evokes no real tech nostalgia. I never did anything on a Sinclair that warranted thinking about it as an environment.

The Amiga manual … that hits some notes because it came with an Amiga 500+, and that machine was a pleasure to use. I was still using it into the Linux era. It was a sad day when the poor thing suddenly croaked and didn’t respond to the drop cure.

The DR DOS manual, though? A reasonable command line environment, and you could avail yourself of WordPerfect 5’s sweet, blue blankness without pilfering libraries from some SCO thing. And it ran well on an XT I tricked out with a whopping second 3.5″ floppy drive.


  1. Ed says:

    July 27th, 2007 at 6:23 pm (#)

    Amiga! :D Ooooooh……..Before my time :D But you can’t really go against the classics :D I still play SNES even though that’s kinda a few years older than I am :D so it fell to my older cousin to introduce me to it :D

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