Yeah they were. Innovation was the name of the game and there were so many players involved. Now THAT was real free-market capitalism. The problem with capitalism is that results in oligopolies and/or duopolies like we have now.Articles like this confirm that the 70's, 80's and 90's were simply magical.
So glad I was able to live them!
I started with a computer that needed someone to create their own program with what is known as spaghetti code. When I heard computers had Windows a program that didn't need to be written, I bought my first programmed computer.I never actually used Windows 3.1 much. I was using OS/2 v2.0 pretty much all the way up to Win95. LOL
Yep, for some devices, OS/2 was a complete clusterfrack because any devices that were the least bit specialised didn't have drivers (fortunately my Panasonic KX--P1091 printer worked fine). Win95 was pretty sketchy with 8-bit programs which I thought was absurd since backwards-compatibility has always been a critical aspect of the PC.I started with a computer that needed someone to create their own program with what is known as spaghetti code. When I heard computers had Windows a program that didn't need to be written, I bought my first programmed computer.
I wanted to try OS2, and I even downloaded it, but while running it, I could not use everything that came with my computer, like the printer, scanner, Photoshop. I didn't want something that didn't have all of that. I had Dos 6.2 for games, but I could view photographs in Dos that was not degraded by a few colors. It was close to true colors.
I had Windows 95 upgrade, but I could not use Photoshop LE 2.5 in it, because it was an 8 bit program and Windows 95 was created to use 16 bit so they could have more colors. Some pictures made for Windows 95 would not run until I added a converter to show them with my 16 million colors.