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Dark May 2, 2009 17:02

thanks Buzzkill, indeed, double tile mode in Fa would be the ideal size for me, i'll certainlly have to look at the Ini file, ----- though at the moment I'm at home away from my desktop and thus couldn't even think about playing Angband on a laptop screen. the menue thing does seem a litle strange.

I am actually running Xp pete. while I understand the mac advantages, there are certain specifically tailored compatibility issues with my screen reader and some windows programs which unfortunately mean I'm stuck with windows.

Pete Mack May 2, 2009 20:51

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Originally Posted by Dark (Post 18498)
thanks Buzzkill, indeed, double tile mode in Fa would be the ideal size for me, i'll certainlly have to look at the Ini file, ----- though at the moment I'm at home away from my desktop and thus couldn't even think about playing Angband on a laptop screen. the menue thing does seem a litle strange.

I am actually running Xp pete. while I understand the mac advantages, there are certain specifically tailored compatibility issues with my screen reader and some windows programs which unfortunately mean I'm stuck with windows.

XP is a fine operating system. It's just that the Windows angband port doesn't take advantage of it's possibilities, presumably to remain backwards compatible with Windows 95, which is not any kind of an operating system.

buzzkill May 3, 2009 00:02

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Originally Posted by Pete Mack (Post 18504)
XP is a fine operating system. It's just that the Windows angband port doesn't take advantage of it's possibilities, presumably to remain backwards compatible with Windows 95, which is not any kind of an operating system.

Someone should do something about that. I mean, my God, I'm all for nostalgia, but there's no reason for anyone to be using Win95 (and therefore virtually no need to support it). Are we still supporting the C64. I mean, an XP desktop can be had for $100 or less. I just bought 2 of them.

I'm assuming that trashing Win95 support would throw Win98, Me, and such under the bus too?

Now, lets hear from the one person still using Win95.

Donald Jonker May 3, 2009 00:17

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Originally Posted by buzzkill (Post 18510)
Now, lets hear from the one person still using Win95.

Zaimoni still uses it (see the Gumband thread).:)

Pete Mack May 3, 2009 01:05

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Originally Posted by buzzkill (Post 18510)
I'm assuming that trashing Win95 support would throw Win98, Me, and such under the bus too?

Yes, although nobody ever used ME. (98 was the last metastable release of that "operating system." The ME joke was it was the same as Win98, but with a sleep(1) call thrown into every system call.)

The trouble is that the windows port still uses Windows API (aka Win32), which nobody remembers how to use. (Or wants to, for that matter.) It also is very early 90's in configuration; you need to edit the INI file to change just about anything.

Dark May 3, 2009 02:19

The other reason I use xp, ---- and particularly haven't upgraded to vista despite having bought a new desktop last august, is that there are a hole bunch of programs that just wouldn't work with vista, ----- particularly things that run in a doss style console window, ----- which i have a few of.

for some odd reason, Vista and console window applications just don't mix at all.

As far as the compatibility issue goes with Angband, it was actually the fact that I kept running into things which required things like the ms net framework or updated versions of direct X which persuaded me to stop using windows 98 and get a new xp machine in about 2003, and I probably won't switch to vista until I find something I can't do with xp which requires it, ----- and given that vista has lots of increased 3D capabilities, and 3D graphics = unplayable games for me, ----- I'm stil a frequent user of my Snes and Mega drive, I'm not sure when that will happen.

Pete Mack May 3, 2009 03:25

There's no reason on earth to install Vista. If you want a new OS, install Windows 7 beta. Inside Microsoft, the only things anybody use are Windows 7 Beta, Windows Server 2008, and XP for old laptops.

Dark May 3, 2009 16:34

Well, as I said, I probably won't bother with a new os until I find someting I wish to do which would require one, ---- thus far Xp serves all my program compatibility and gaming and random fun entertainment needs, ----- and all I need for uni work is a word prrocesser, E-mail client and net brouser occasionally.


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