Using crap hardware (was: Importing binary files without removable storage nor non-bundled software (was: TKermitFTP

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Sun Jan 9 20:50:44 2005

> > My usual machine for internet access just croaked (bad checksum in
> > NTVDM.EXE), so, I'm using a Chembook notebook that has several
On Sat, 8 Jan 2005 wrote:
> I'm *amazed* how many people on this list still struggle on with Windows.
> I would have thought most people with the geeky proclivities that would
> lead them into playing with old computers would all be running one of the
> many free OSes.

guilty as charged. but with an explanation. . . .

The POS Chembook belongs to my employer. I am not authorized to modify
it. They think that it is still worth "thousands of dollars". When the
keyboard went bad, it was cheaper for me to replace the whole machine with
a used Dell Latitude CP than to get a replacement keyboard. I kept the
Dell MOSTLY matching the Chembook to use as an internet terminal with
the crappy MICROS~1 stuff that I "had to" keep on the machine.

For my own stuff, I have mostly 8088 and 286 machines (with lots of
different drives), and hardly any of them even have modems or serial
ports. With some of the other crap that is keeping me busy, I've been
getting rid of stuff, even most of XenoSoft.

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Sun Jan 09 2005 - 20:50:44 GMT

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