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From: Jack Epperson <Jack.Epperson@alphamediausa.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 14:39:39 +0000
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Actually I have used Leading Edge as well as MultiMate, AmiPro, ed, edlin, vi, nvi and a few others that I cannot remember and WordStar through version 3. I had an NCR Dimension V with the NEC V20 chip replacing the 8080 and a 20M hard drive in a slot and dual 5.25 floppies. 640K definitely ought to be enough memory for anyone!



"Old engineers don’t die, they dielectric."



From: John Stortz [mailto:ka4flx@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2018 11:48 PM
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I have never heard anyone mention the Leading Edge Word Processor. Did anyone else use this?

It was included in the package with the Leading Edge computer my wife bought.

That was a rather powerful DOS program. For a couple years, I printed out all the daily program logs for our stations using this word processor. Making changes was so easy. Before that time, log forms had been printed on a mimeograph machine and program numbers, spots, & any other unique events were hand-written onto the daily form.


John S.


Faith is a higher resource than reason

*~Unknown Wise Guy~



On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 11:34 AM, Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com> wrote:

Ha!! :D

There actually was a time (early 90's) when I set up a RAM drive & special folder under DOS, on a 286 WIN3.1 system, so that I could run WordStar! (WS crashed because the 32 *MEG* partition of the HD was too large for it! LOL!) The RAM drive was 512K, and it was happy in its little sandbox. ;) Some clever BATCH programming would open the RAM drive, copy the WS files from the HD folder into it, then open WS. I could open/edit/save documents all day... then when I'd exit WS, the BATCH would copy everything from the RAM drive to the HD, and close out. It worked flawlessly for a number of years. :)

We did eventually transition to a better system, of course, but that was a nice "stop-gap" that allowed me to get a LOT of work done during the interim. :)

Currently, I have some GWBASIC programs running in "DOSBOX" windows under XP, to handle some specialized tasks! One involving a legacy piece of equipment, and another involving an Internet system. The Internet-involved system actually has TWO DOSBOX windows open, running different BASIC programs, working in tandem... and has been doing so flawlessly, for several years, now. :)

So... you may laugh, but SOMETIMES there actually *ARE* valid reasons to keep some legacy stuff going for... quite a while. ;) (Not candlepower, tho! Ha. ha.)


BTW, None of the above involve floppies. ;)



On Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 11:06 AM, Jack Epperson <Jack.Epperson@alphamediausa.com> wrote:


I have a Quad Core i7 at 3.6Ghz with 16G of RAM, 4G graphics on a 5T RAID 5 with my candle powered monitor and a 5.25 floppy so that I can still run my Wordstar 1.0. That is the software that I learned how to do word processing on and I have never seen anything since then that runs just like it! So If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! (or allow any upgrades, improvements or changes of any kind. Obsolescence is just a state of mind!) J




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