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Old 02-17-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Do Industries have a CLUE?

When I was in a shop recently, I glanced upon an in-store computer system - the sort they use to check product prices/availability; the same sort they would have at the check-out; and I noticed that it was using a simple text-based interface that looked like DOS. This reminded me of a question that I would like to ask about.

Are there a lot of businesses that primarily use Command Line User Environments (CLUEs)?

Do banks, stores, universities, ISPs, accountancies, etc use CLUEs, for example?

(Googling hasn't helped so far, by the way).

Thanks in advance if you can provide some info on this.
And if it sounds like a kind of no-brain 'dumb' question; then, well, I can't stand computers; and in the scheme of things, I don't know a lot.
Old 02-17-2005, 05:09 PM   #2
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Yes, the funny thing is that even with new technologies (windows being a new technology) there are still old computers with all the data, and sometimes the transfer to new technologies would cost too much, so they just go for the cheaper option and LISTEN TO THIS:

They use a program like MS Visual Age (used to develop console like applications for Windows) to develop CLUEs that run on brand new P4 machines, but still look the same as the old terminal versions of the program they use. Such a waste of processing power. They should run SETI or FOLDING@home Anyway. Even teaching old people to work with the new interface would be painful, so this way, they kill two flies with one cannon ball. Cheaper and easier for old employees to pick up.
Old 02-17-2005, 05:15 PM   #3
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Interesting. Thanks. Are you just talking about shops, or all over the place?
Old 02-17-2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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On a related note :
When last year I had a job with a company , that builds testing-gear for aircraft-hydrolycs , I noticed the comps , used for operationg these machines were 700MHz Celerons , running.....
MSDOS 6.2...........

Got curious and did a little search around trhe 'net and found out , these old DOSs are still widely in use for embedded systems; Cash-registers , industrial process-control , that kind of stuff.
And their still being developped , just not so much for the desktop.

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