On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 11:12 AM, Ray Davison <ray...@charter.net> wrote: > A small side trip about real work in real DOS. > > Since Win2K, my desktops have had a 2G, FAT16 primary at the front of the > first HDD, carrying DOS and a boot manager, and two Win partitions, both > logicals. Every other partition is a logical. Using that layout I am now > running FreeDOS 1.1 and Win7-64 - and yes Win7-64 are on logicals.
I've multi-booted with FreeDOS as one of the OSes. > My DOS accounting program was abandoned by it's creator in 1995 and I am > still using it. I have looked at many other accounting programs since then > and have been unimpressed by most and appalled by some. A big thing I like > about doing accounting under DOS is that I am not doing accounting in a > window, my PC becomes an accounting machine. It takes the entire screen, > the text is big and bold, and it is fast. And three years of data files fit > on a floppy. The question is whether you need DOS itself to do that. I run Win10 and Linux. I have an assortment of old DOS apps that I run using DOSBox, which was designed to let folks run old DOS games on machines that aren't PCs. Under Windows, I use vDOSPlus, which is a fork of DOSBox specifically intended for character mode business apps, and drops the specialized graphics and sound support games required. Under Linux, I use DOSBox itself. For that matter, I have an assortment of old DOS stuff up on my Android tablet, using an Android port of DOSBox. (And I have a 23" 1920x1080 monitor, and don't *want* stuff full screen.) Most folks just want to run old DOS applications, and you don't need DOS itself to do so. > And I am still using WordPerfect 6.2B for DOS. Similar to accounting, my PC > becomes a word processor. I have kept rather current versions of MS Office, > but use them mostly to work other peoples files. > > A couple decades ago, Bill Macrone of PC Magazine said if you want to multi > task use multiple machines. If I want to access a bank on-line while doing > accounting I have a Win laptop sitting at my elbow. > > So I am just hopping to keep the current stuff running. Your setup seems to suit you, and should continue to work. > Ray ______ Dennis ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Check out the vibrant tech community on one of the world's most engaging tech sites, Slashdot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user