Ten worst software packages of all time.

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  1. Close_Hauled

    Close_Hauled Registered Member

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    Here are my nominations:

    1. WordStar word processor for CPM, where you had to know your printers escape sequences in order to turn features, formatting, and hilights on and off. Those were the the worst of the worst.

    2. Sinclair ZX81 BASIC. Efficient use of RAM, but cumbersome.

    3. Word Perfect for DOS. Evil, just evil.

    4. Microsoft Windows 1.0, 286, 386, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, NT 3.1, NT 3.50. Need I say more! Yes! NT 3.51, 95, 98, 2000, XP, and 2003.

    5. Digital Research GEM operating system. Ack!

    6. VI Text Editors for Unix. Just brutal. Why do people love it so much?!

    7. Edlin for DOS. Clunky, but I do miss it.

    8. 128K Macintosh disk copy. Screen memory was used. Screen would turn into bitmap of the floppy. Drive was SLOW and sounded funny. Drive swaps were torturous.

    9. Hewlett-Packard NewWave. It was just Windows 2.0! Aweful. Post Apple suit version was a bizzare workgroup collaboration tool.

    10. AutoCAD. I use to teach CAD, and when this came out, I did not know what people saw in it. Still don't.

    What are your nominations?

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  2. Pigman

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    Windows 95. 98 is not that great, and quite annoying at times, but not exactly nasty. 95, on the other hand, is simply a pain.
     
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    Probably just about any shareware that refuses to open so much as one day after the trial-period expiration, even to permit you to enter a newly-purchased reg code, so you have to uninstall, in some cases do a VERY thorough registry cleaning (or it'll still pick up the original date and even a fresh install won't open), and then download and install again just to put the code in.

    I can think of one "big-name" graphics utility like that, and if you don't register it and enter the code before the end of the trial period, you can kiss it (and possibly your reg fee) goodbye.
     
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    I like xp pro. I have had not one problem with it. I had xp home before xp pro and I didn't care for the home version.
     
  5. UNICRON

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    lol, I know alot of people who love it. I can't stand the modes. I'm an emacs guy myself.
     
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    Vic20 did some awful stuff,or maybe it was just Vic20
     
  7. Close_Hauled

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    Actually, I meant to stop at NT 3.50. NT 3.51, to me, meant the end of any possibility that Apple's OS could gain dominance. NT 3.51 was the first Windows OS to be good at networking, graphics, and multitasking. Apple focused too much on hardware and graphics, both of which they are outstanding at (Ever look at a Power Mac G5? Droooool). But they missed out on the practical edge that PCs have.
    I knew that you would appreciate that. I notice that they did not include it in Linux. Or did I not find it yet?

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  8. UNICRON

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    It is an installable package in every dist I have ever used. I isn't always installed by default though. There are also more recent decendents of vi like vim, vile and vmacs. I still prefer emacs. Joe is ok too, modelled after emacs but with less features.
     
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    OMG UNICRON! VI came back to haunt me! I accidently found it in Knoppix when I typed "info link". It brought the help file up in VI! Thank god I remembered to press Ctrl-Z, I never would have gotten out! Trapped in a VI hell forever!
     
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    lol I too have been stuck in VI with no way out! It never hurts to learn the basics of VI like exit WITHOUT saving the mangled mess you have made.
     
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