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Discussion in 'General Computing' started by VP9KS, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. VP9KS

    VP9KS Active Member

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    Here is a question. What was the first Graphic User Interface that you ever used? Mine was a Tandy product called DESKMATE V3.



    I got it with the first portable IBM computer that I ever owned, a Tandy 1400LT. It was a 4MHZ (yes I said MHZ:p) 8086 with a whopping 786K of ram. I souped it up by snatching the 8086 out and replacing it with a NEC V20, which was 20% faster and pin compatable. Yeah, baby, running with the big dogs now, don't ya know!:p:p:D:D

    It came with a set of five 3.5 inch floppies, because it had two 3.5 inch floppy drives installed, and no hard drive. 1 disk was ms-dos/gw-basic , 3 were the Deskmate GUI, and the 4th was Quicken 1.0. I also used Laplink 5 with it. I traveled all over Europe with it, as a NATO Tech rep, and it never failed me once.

    I still have the Deskmate / dos disks. Just for fun, I loaded it, using dos 6.22, onto an old Seagate ST3660 on the lab computer, and by golly it still works!

    So, what is your tall tale?:D:cool:

    Happy Trails,
    Paul
     
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  2. Federico Paolini

    Federico Paolini New Member

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    My first GUI experience was with GEM running on DOS 3.20 on an 8086 PC with an EGA card in 1986. A couple of years later I worked at school with Ventura, one of the first desktop publishing app and it ran on top of GEM. IMHO GEM were designed better than windows 3 that came out in 1989.
     
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  3. atanere

    atanere Moderator
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    My tall tales do not include GUI's! :eek::confused::D:D

    Did Windows 3.x even qualify as a GUI? I always viewed it more of an app... a launcher, not much different from Cairo Dock today. Win95 is probably my first thought of Windows as a GUI, although it is also touted as a full operating system (except it was still DOS under the hood, as I recall).
     
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  4. Federico Paolini

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    Well... Win 3.x qualifies itself as a GUI. It is an OS? No.
    It makes you interact with the hardware using windows, icons, buttons and other widgets and that's a GUI. Win 3.x had even its own apps. It's the same discussion we had about Win95 wether it was a GUI or an OS because it boots and runs on top of DOS.

    By the way, back on trail, I forgot to mention the GEOS on the C64 :p
     
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  5. VP9KS

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    Really Stan? do they start "This is no S###", or "Once upon a time"?:D:D

    You do know that the first is a sea story, and the second is a fairy tale, right?:p:p
     
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    Atari ST and Amiga500 OS's then GEOS on Pcs and win 3.1 and 3.11 and 3.0,
     

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