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 PostPost subject: Windows 3.11 Biting the Dust        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:18 am 
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Hi There

I got word in my RSS Reader that Windows 3.11 has now officially bitten the dust, they have now been taken off of the low-end machines, like Cash Registers and Train Schedule Monitors

Any comments on this story?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:42 am 
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Windows 3.11 always had marginal utility. Its only benifit over DOS in this area of applicatioin was the tight security. Yet in most applications the system could be locked via the interface (no keyboard and no quit buttons...)

Most Cash Registers in our area never went bellow NT 4...

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:47 am 
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Here, in Mexico, cars are always checked with computers running Windows 3.x because, the program that analyzes the smog that comes out from the cars is specially designed for it, and works wonderfully.
When the old PCs stop working they upgrade the computer but reload Windows 3.x onto it. I've seen p4 computers running with it.
This is because there's a special device that's able to tell how much Carbon Dioxide is coming out of the car, as well as an ability to identify some other gases.
hehehe, That software will maybe be here for 10 more years for sure.
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:44 am 
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It would seem that a virtual machine or a driver rewrite is in order.

The labratory hardware equipment I have encountered has all come with enough information to write your own driver. Or atleast included some kind of library that talked to a generic hardware driver or port.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:49 am 
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:51 am 
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Frozenport wrote:
It would seem that a virtual machine or a driver rewrite is in order.

The labratory hardware equipment I have encountered has all come with enough information to write your own driver. Or atleast included some kind of library that talked to a generic hardware driver or port.

If it works smoothly over Windows 3.x what would be the use of creating problems because of compatibility issues?
Win 3 works great there.
I've even seen some DOS machines at some places and they still use them.
Old oses are great too, and many times they might be even more reliable than the new ones.
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:28 pm 
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Chicago wrote:
If it works smoothly over Windows 3.x what would be the use of creating problems because of compatibility issues?

How the hell do I get paid?

Anywhich way, there are performance benifits from using a recompiled version... For example, you maybe able to more effectively interpret the data gathered. In your case you maybe able to send the car's reccords to a faraway database...

I don't know where you guys are from but I have yet to see a pure dos system in a work enviroment since I was a child.

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Cash registers here use NT4, 98SE, 2000 and XP... no Vista or DOS/Windows 98 and below


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:29 am 
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Almost everything here runs on XP embedded. There is some old IBM ATM`s with a 1990`s style IBM logo, they might be running OS/2 or Windows 3.11

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I doubt ATM's would be running Windows 3.x ...wow, insecure


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Round where I live ive even seen an atm with an XP blue screen of death for some reason. I think most where I am run XP embedded.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:33 am 
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I almost forgot.... The new s-trains here, is running Windows 3.11

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I've seen plenty of engine diagnostics software that absolutely will not run on NT.


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