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Richard Erlacher
05/30/13 10:03
  05/30/13 10:05

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Denver, Co

#189836 - That's what I've said about Vista and Win7
Responding to: Erik Malund's previous message
I agree ... PC's have been reduced to "toys."

In fact, that's the direction in which PC's have moved over the past decade. XP was not as useful for my work as Win98SE, and, even when I routinely used Win98SE, I often had to resort to a fully loaded DOS 6.22 or earlier in order to get the really useful app's to work.

As I mentioned, I still use the DOS-based OrCAD schematic, simulation, and autorouting software, simply because it works so much better, and above all, faster, than the many-dozens-of-kilobucks "professional" tools sold by Cadence and Mentor.

Together with the pSPICE v5.1, I have a useful set of tools with which to develop circuits. No Windows-based tool suite to which I've been exposed, and I've had to buy most of 'em, comes within reach of what this suite can do, particularly in the timeframe within which it can do the job.

The ultra-poor way in which mouse-operations are implemented, often wasting multiple minutes per operation simply because they require so many levels of menus before the desired operation is accessible is a large part of that performance problem. Poor library anagement is another common flaw. Few windows tools have task/context specific single-keypress ways of getting around that.

I don't know how the software industry could have forgotten about the really excellent mouse and drop-down menu management techniques used in the DOS era, but they seem to have forgotten. They've also forgotten that the computer is supposed to make work easier and more efficient.

Now, computers are just another toy. Users are impressed by flashy displays and "kewl" graphics, and care little about performance and efficiency.


List of 31 messages in thread
At89s52 programming and interfacing      Abhisek Singh      05/05/13 12:25      
   What development board?      Kai Klaas      05/06/13 05:09      
      link      Abhisek Singh      05/10/13 12:15      
         don't know any, but ....      Erik Malund      05/10/13 14:01      
   It is a well known fact ...      Erik Malund      05/06/13 09:01      
      Drivers      J. Guy      05/06/13 10:50      
      that's one of the penatlies for using USB.      Richard Erlacher      05/06/13 13:53      
         Caught up in......      Michael Karas      05/06/13 20:59      
      CP2102      Joseph Hebert      05/08/13 10:41      
         FTDI chip clock      Oliver Sedlacek      05/09/13 04:20      
            FTDI      Joseph Hebert      05/09/13 09:48      
               multi-port parts      Jim Granville      05/09/13 14:08      
         FTDI Combined Driver      Maarten Brock      05/10/13 09:01      
            FTDI      Joseph Hebert      05/10/13 11:42      
   USB advantages 100 penalties 2 ...      Erik Malund      05/06/13 14:17      
      Do those work with the various ATMEL "programmers"?      Richard Erlacher      05/08/13 08:23      
         Not Awways the USB Converter's Fault        Michael Karas      05/26/13 17:18      
            Absolutely!!      Andy Neil      05/27/13 04:22      
            I wouldn't argue with that for a minute      Richard Erlacher      05/27/13 10:57      
               Board version        Jim Granville      05/27/13 14:25      
                  The Board In Question      Andy Neil      05/27/13 17:46      
         RE: "an old PC that has a real serial port"      Andy Neil      05/27/13 04:26      
            Well .... actually ... no ...       Richard Erlacher      05/27/13 10:46      
               Old apps on Windows 7 (or 8)      Oliver Sedlacek      05/30/13 02:36      
                  don't know what "old apps" yo refer to, but ...      Erik Malund      05/30/13 07:21      
                     That's what I've said about Vista and Win7      Richard Erlacher      05/30/13 10:03      
                     OrCAD 9      Oliver Sedlacek      05/31/13 01:49      
                        It's a windows version, and much less capable than v 1.0      Richard Erlacher      05/31/13 08:33      
      RE: "decent USB equipment works very well"      Andy Neil      05/27/13 04:29      
         this goes to the heart of the issue ...       Richard Erlacher      05/29/13 11:42      
   Terminal emulator      D.C. Van Warendorp      05/25/13 08:42      

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