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Windows 9 wherefore art thou?

30 September 2014

Anyone who's been using Microsoft's Windows operating system for the past almost three decades or so will know that they've made good and not-so-good versions.

The original Windows shell was more of a concept-car than a really useful piece of code and, to be honest, Digital Research's GEM was a much better environment at the time.

Windows 2 was only slightly better and would probably have been just as lame as Win1 except for the creation of the era of desktop publishing. It was the wonderful Pagemaker program, which sat atop Windows 2, that meant it actually gained a tiny foothold in the marketplace. If you wanted to run Pagemaker then you bought Windows 2 and lots of people wanted to run Pagemaker.

However, the real start of Windows success was Windows 3 and the improvements which accompanied the release of 3.1 really put the icing on the cake. Despite its fragility and the fact that it still effectively ran atop good old "DOS", it garnered huge support from the software development community and the Windows bandwagon was now really rolling.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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