Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 24 Apr 2019.
Not up to speed on how OSX does its automagic whatever, but Windows and Linux both have the ability to refer to drives by UUID, and both have people more commonly use the non-guaranteed dynamic assignments (C/D/etc for Windows, SDA/SDB/etc for Linux). Windows can also assign a persistent drive letter to a UUID rather than dynamically assigning: this happens when you manually assign a drive letter to a drive.
I can see them screwing things up for multiple computer users.
32 gigs... further proof they don't rewrite code, just add. How much of that 32g is flaming cr*p in a paper bag?
To think I complained with Windows 3.11 on 6 floppy disks and Windows 95 on 31!
You can't even fit windows 10 reliably on 32gb, how they say 16gb is minimum before is a joke
even for windows 7 32gb is nearly no good, there's me looking at a windows 7 embedded CCTV system right now with 500mb left after updates, needs to be at least 64gb on windows 10 (normal use pc 250gb)
No CD-ROM? Peasant
Also, credit where due: MS blocked this update BEFORE rendering thousands of systers non-bootable.
Nope, no credit at all for doing the very basics right.
I think it's finally time to move the desktop away from Windows.
I installed Windows 95 from floppy disk. It was awful, but it was 13 - not 31. Thankfully, my next OS was Windows 98 SE on CD-ROM.
Fun fact: the Windows 95 floppies used a custom format which boosted their storage capacity from 1,440kB to 1,680kB. Without that, it would have needed ~16 disks instead.
This seems kinda embarrassing. Even without overhauling the dated way Windows addresses drives surely a workaround should have been fairly trivial.
Apologies, I was confusing it with Office - I think it was Office 95? - can't remember.
I couldn't afford a CD-ROM drive until a year or so later.
Office 95 was 24 disks. Office 97 Professional was worse: 55 disks (up from 45 for the Standard Edition.)
Oh, and I'd forgotten about Windows 95 OSR 2.1 - which was 26 disks. No, I have no idea how Microsoft managed to double the operating system's size either.
I vividly remember something with 31 disks because I got to disk 29, which was corrupted, and had to stop and start again a few days later after finding a replacement.
God, wasn't that the worst?!
According to a random comment on an abandonware site I shan't be linking to, there were versions of Microsoft Office Professional Version 4.3 that came on 31 disks instead of 24 - at least, one guy claims to have a 31-disk version.
Why yes, I do have better things to be doing than researching how many floppy disks various Microsoft products shipped on. Why do you ask?
Just bill bit-tech by the hour for your unofficial job as PC Museum Guide
Just sayin', they're getting better.
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