• Subject: Re: System 34
  • From: nina jones <ddi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 18:40:03 -0600
  • Organization: Data Design Inc. http://www.datadesigninc.com

> My brother didn't like how S/32 DFU would roll the fields as you
> entered stuff, so he wrote (in assembler) his own generic replacement
> for DFU so he could maintain files in "full screen".  If you can call
> a 6 x 40 character display "full screen". :(

wasn't there a way to write 'full screen' programs on the 32?  it seems
like there was, but it was really hokey.  

> I'm still amazed when I think how SCP ran in just a 2K transient space
> on the S/32!  All the S/32's I ever used had just 16K of memory,
> though they ranged from about 5MB to a whopping 13MB of DASD.

it amazes me today to think how we got by with so little.  
 
> And two of them even had the line printer instead of dot matrix.  If I
> mismember correctly, one of the clients with a dot matrix had a 40cps
> uni-directional model instead of bi-directional.  Even compiles took
> forever to print.  You tried *real* hard to not go through extra
> edit/compile cycles!

i had one that was so long, i tried to time it to compile when i went to
lunch.  it was a huge program of about 600 lines.

nj
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