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Old 11-08-2018, 07:40 PM   #1771
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wpeckham, are you into art ?
Not really. My son is an artist, and I taught Physics and Chemistry secondary field. The precautions and risk factors become more meaningful when you have the lives and health of 30 to 120 naive (indestructible / "know everything") teenagers on your hands every year. Even more when your own is one of them.

I took FAR more risks on my own than I was willing to watch the kids take!

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Old 11-09-2018, 07:54 AM   #1772
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Not really. My son is an artist, and I taught Physics and Chemistry secondary field. The precautions and risk factors become more meaningful when you have the lives and health of 30 to 120 naive (indestructible / "know everything") teenagers on your hands every year. Even more when your own is one of them.

I took FAR more risks on my own than I was willing to watch the kids take!
There is a psychological slip that happened. The word paint means flowers, nature, beauty etc., for me. So it is easy to
loose train of thought, get carried away and forget that paint can be toxic also.
 
Old 11-10-2018, 05:06 AM   #1773
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Wiped out the HD of the street found C2D, partitioned the HD as I want it and installed an old slacko on it. Really glad I got this done, feels good now. It is ready for use when I need it.
 
Old 11-10-2018, 06:39 AM   #1774
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This man is very inspiring, a retired neurologist and a programmer as well, contributes to scribus:
https://opensource.com/users/greg-p

compare him to me now, still dreaming about installing Free Dos on this C2D and then getting around to LFS.
Focus is vital in life, having too many interests, challenges and jumping around doesn't help. However, this has been
my life and I am trying to do my best.
 
Old 11-11-2018, 06:01 PM   #1775
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Wiped out the HD of the street found C2D, partitioned the HD as I want it and installed an old slacko on it. Really glad I got this done, feels good now. It is ready for use when I need it.
Added a more recent slacko on it, doesn't seem much different but for the firefox browser, Dillo is not available in the
packages. Plan to try LFS and other distros on this slowly.
All the 4 USB slots in the front don't work, next time I open this must replug the mobo connection for these.
Also, need to install on this the VirtualBox and eBooks reader software that also converts to different formats.

Freedos Install trial
Tried to install Freedos 1.2 on this PC, it didn't recognize the partitions eventho I had a primary DOS partition,
so unwilling to wipe out this HD, stopped the install. Tried the install on another C2D very old with just 512Mb Ram,
installer gave insufficient memory error and the install stopped. There were few other errors also. Appears it is
best to use FreeDos in VM. Use DosBox for most dosgames, this is safer.
 
Old 11-12-2018, 07:46 AM   #1776
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Happy Updates:

1. Pleased to share that the first medium sized oil painting I worked has dried ok now. It looks a lot better now also that it
is done.

2. Got FreeDOS 1.2 installed on an old P4 PC, it gives out a lot of warnings but does not bite as bad. Just the base is installed, not all the Utilities, games etc., Those remain on the CD are zipped and left for the user to install. Have to take my time to get familiar with all the programs there, at least the major kinds. Will progress with this slowly and steadily,
no rush for now. Even if I finish learning this in one or two weeks, this will be good.

Learn the list of software here:
http://www.freedos.org/software/

Gen Info.:
http://wiki.freedos.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Edited to add, good to know:
http://www.delorie.com/djgpp/

3. Overcome Arch Linux Fear
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/O...nux-85666.html

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Old 11-13-2018, 05:41 PM   #1777
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Tried FreeDOS today for long, these are my first impressions with it:
1. it is fat partition, so less safe online. I wouldn't go online with it.
2. It doesn't come with spreadsheet program.
3. Some of the stuffs it came with don't work (Don't wish to name those programs, don't recall now)
4. It says it has emulator but there are none on the CD
5. I went to all directories and tried all programs pretty much that were installed
6. dosbox is much better for gaming
7.the gui s it came with are pathetic
8. it boasts a lot, but offers very little
9. it is good for those into such IT stuffs
10. The games I tried are Bolitaire and Liquiwar, in Bolitaire
unable to figure out how to select a group of cards, in liquiwar
there are no instructions. The Tetris clone was ok.
11. I installed all the programs that were to install on CD, the FDIMPLES is super
helpful. Only approx. 1Gig is needed to install all in the FreeDos CD.
12. Perhaps with time I might learn to appreciate and use it better.

FreeDos Boots fast, so encouraged I made these notes earlier for learning it.
Read this ebook:
http://www.freedos.org/ebook/downloa...freedos-24.pdf
Learn the Utilities slowly.
Try a few programs in each group like calendar, browser, editor etc.,.
IRC client for FD
http://wiki.freedos.org/wiki/index.p...FreeDOS_-_mTCP
Read PDFs using FD
https://www.mail-archive.com/freedos.../msg06040.html
Net Radio using FD

GUI for FD
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGEM
http://www.bttr-software.de/freesoft/desktops.htm

Mount USB Flash drive via FD.
https://www.reddit.com/r/computers/c...ve_in_freedos/
https://superuser.com/questions/7404...k-from-freedos
http://freedos.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/USB
http://wiki.freedos.org/wiki/index.php/Howto
http://freedos.org/links/

Take Screenshots with FD

Use FD with C2D PC.
Make a backup of the FD partition and install on different PC, then boot this FD via grub.
Use it slowly, regularly and get comfortable with FreeDos.
https://www.lazybrowndog.net/freedos...x/?page_id=350
https://www.trishtech.com/2017/07/ho...ve-in-windows/

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_use_qemu
https://www.qemu.org/
 
Old Yesterday, 02:16 AM   #1778
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Forgot to add that I also tried minesweeper game clone, it loads slowly but otherwise is ok. In the GUI the mouse moved too fast. So takes time to get used to this.

If someone is into embedded software or legacy software, then FreeDOS might be good. It is also good for those into retro IT stuffs and retro IT programming.

Personally, I like retro IT that is a bit more useful to me in my present situation, this is just me. So CLI linux is my choice for this. Who knows, perhaps in future I might find a need, use for FreeDos. For now, for all those who work with and enjoy FreeDos my best wishes.
 
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Basically FreeDOS has two uses, for those that still need DOS, & for the inquisitive.

Most old DOS programs will run on it, you can find lots of old programs online.

When I was using it, I used it as a music player in the main, (on an ancient laptop that struggled with Linux), & for that it was good - booted & was playing in seconds.

I also had an office suite on it, but didn't use it much.

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Old Today, 08:07 AM   #1780
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This video really made my day, please view and share with others also:
Do all Pets go to Heaven?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltTqMezsciM

All thru my life I felt deep pulls of love that seemed so strange, many times I thought it was a woman. However, much
later on in life I realized my feelings of love and affection are for other non human living beings more. This I also
felt was abnormal love. However, as per video above caring for other non human living beings is normal and this is how
the Earth itself was designed. This is so good to know indeed, made me very happy.

These days for the past 3 weeks or so a very young pigeon comes to my balcony along with other adult pigeons. This baby
pigeon has a beak that is very soft and is unable to coo, still screams like a mouse. He (assuming this is a he) even flew
into my apt. sometimes via the back door window that I had opened up for ventilation. He checked out my apt. and then was uncomfortable after some time, so I helped him outsides. Later when he came indoors and begged, I gave him a few more small pieces of biscuits, few more seeds etc., Always after eating, he needed to be helped out as he couldn't fly high enough
to escape. Once he even came inside my bedroom, spent some time on the floor watching me, guess he was curious. Later on I helped him to fly away again. Now in a few more weeks or so, he will be an adult, more grown and more independent. The winter has also arriving here with a bang. Hope he grows up fully to adult hood and starts his own family.

If you like old computers, old software intensely, then reflect and see if you like non human living beings also, if you do then care for them where possible. This is a priceless experience. As I have mentioned here before I even chat with a person who helped rescue a beached whale and succeeded in that effort. There are lots of videos online about folks helping, rescuing other critters.

Take this test and see what you score, it is a very interesting test:
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
 
  


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