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RE: COMP - Goodbye DOS

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I have more than 200 engineering applications that were written for DOS,
and nearly 50 that were written for Windows 3.X.  With only one
exception, they all run just fine under Windows 95, and most also run
under Windows NT.  The sole exception is STAAD3, but it never ran very
well in it's intended environment either.  

To run a DOS program in Windows 95, simply set it up with a shortcut,
then right click on the shortcut and carefully set the properties.
Generally use the defaults, except select "full-screen", "close on
exit", and under advanced, select "prevent MS-DOS programs from
detecting Windows".  If you want more specific instructions, just drop
me a note.  If there are several inquiries, I'll post a complete set of
instructions to the Listserv.

I agree that Windows 95 is not entirely stable, but it is much better
than any of it's predecessors.  If you are getting more than one or two
crashes per month, you need to scandisk, defrag, and look seriously for
hardware and software (DLL) conflicts.  If this is not acceptable, then
step up to it's big brother, Windows NT 4.0.  You can make Windows NT
crash, but you really have to work to do it!

Best Regards,

Stan Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas   

The more you run over a dead cat,
the flatter it gets!

>From: 	Mark Codispoti[SMTP:coldspot(--nospam--at)]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, September 09, 1997 10:03 AM
>To: 	seaoc(--nospam--at)
>Subject: 	Re: COMP - Goodbye DOS
>For those frustrated with operating system integration:
>There is still far too much engineering software that runs best under DOS.
>some software tools that run best under WIN 3.1.  And then there's WIN 95 in
>various flavors.  My work around, that has brought great satisfaction and
>relatively few problems, is three (3) PCs wired to a single keyboard, mouse,
>monitor by way of a electronically switch able box  (OmniView by Belkin).  I
>keep each application in the environment it was designed for and never have
>tweak to cross breed.  And when WIN95 does its crash thing, I give it the
>middle digit and switch to my old reliable DOS machine.  I never have to (get
>to?) stop working.  Well worth consideration if you, like I, cling to
>software.  And I'm sorry, but DOS on my 486-25 will always be more responsive
>than %$*!@ windows in whatever version.  This is true multitasking!
>Mark Codispoti
>Ecengrs(--nospam--at) wrote:
>> Bill Allen wrote:
>> << I''ve waited a long time to get DOS small in my rear view
>> << mirror.
>>  <<Regards,
>>  <<Bill
>> I've been using computers for structural analysis since punch card days,
>> I've seen, with a few exceptions, a steady improvement in operating
>> environments, from Mainframes to VAX to DOS PC's to PC's with Windows95
>> (Windows 3.1 was, in my opinion, one of the "exceptions").
>> I'm with Bill; DOS has served it's purpose. As soon as RISA converts their
>> stuff to Windows95 (are you reading this Bruce?) I'll be finished with
>> DOS/Win 3.1 for good.
>> Earl Conroy
>> EC Engineers