Re: About that 2MB of RAM
I was about 14 when we got our first machine - about £1500, I think, for an SX-25 with 2 gig of RAM. The cost of that compared with what we have today is almost mindboggling. The first word processor I used was Wordstar - 6, I think. I kept the discs when my dad finally took the computer to the tip, along with the Windows 3.1 floppies that came with it, and the 3.11 that we, err, acquired from the local shop we frequented. Wordstar did most of what I wanted, to be honest, and 6 did everything. Even now on the rare occasions I need a word processor I find myself wading through Word 2008 (on a Mac, so no ribbon) just trying to find the features that were already there in 6. On my Windows machine I'm still running Office XP from back when I ran Windows 2000.
I also got a second hand 286 with 640k of RAM and a 40 meg hard drive from my uncle, running DOS 4.0 or 4.1, which I've still got (unopened, shrink-wrapped) floppies for. You had to partition the drive into two 20 meg drives since DOS had a limit of roughly 30 meg per partition.
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