Windows Oddities: 25 Years of Microsoftian Weirdness

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88 Comments For This Post

  1. swildstrom Says:

    Actually, Apple was supposed to build common hardware reference platform (CHRP) Macs that could run NT, but Apple quickly abandoned CHRP. The only CHRP machine that ever really made it to market was the R/6000, and IBM wanted it to run AIX, not Windows.

  2. Esteban Says:

    I love ToastyTech GUI gallery. I just wish the guy would tone down his hatred for Internet Explorer. I mean, I'm no fan of IE either, but geez.

  3. JaredNewman Says:

    Windows 3.1 on the iPad. I was fortunate enough to snag iDOS before it got pulled, and installed Windows on it simply because it was possible. Played a game of Minesweeper for kicks.

  4. BDD Says:

    An interesting oddity to profile would have been Windows Neptune, which was supposed to be the consumer version of Windows 2000. Neptune was put together and tested prior to Whistler, and then cancelled after (I believe) two builds due to the “OS X threat” and MS’s need to add a few features (i.e. font smoothing, theming) that the 2000 engine didn’t support. One of the builds can be found “in the usual places.”

    The only differences I can find between 2000 and Neptune were preliminary login and multiple user interfaces that didn’t really work yet, but the experiment was fascinating nevertheless.

  5. Sally Says:

    Whistler was named after a ski resort. The red parts of the logo form a stylized skier.

  6. Dave Says:

    What was that Compaq all-in-one computer called? I remember that!

  7. Guest Says:

    I think is was simply called the Compaq Portable (because it had a handle to carry it with, still weighed 40 pounds!)…. Remember the Kaypro ? I think it ran CPM (control program for microprocessors).

  8. Windows® = major pain in the retina Says:

    Noticed how absolutely they failed at graphical design? I mean this stuff is seriously deficient in aesthetics. The colors, the fonts, the icons, everything seems to be DESIGNED to be consistently butt ugly from one version to the next.

    It’s no wonder that Steve Jobs said something to the effect that “Microsoft has no sense of design”. He was being charitable. It could have been so, so much better – and still could.

    In fact, I’ve grown to hate the whole GUI concept that Microsoft and Apple still tout as the epitome of design. Give me a list of programs that always run, that always retain their state, no file management, no hard drive letters, and NO UI, thanks.

  9. Shogo Says:

    That was in "Triumph of the Nerds" … Microsoft has no taste…. http://www.pbs.org/nerds/

  10. lukeimyourfather Says:

    @Esteban Yeah that guy at toastytech is really really into bashing Microsoft for everything, even nowadays that IE doesn't even represent a treat to openness like it did then.

    @Dave It was a presario model from the mid 90's not a Compaq Portable like the other user said

    @Windows Pain.. Well.. I'm going to be honest here, when Windows95 hit the market it really looked gorgeous, the backgrounds, the way you could customize the colours, a lot of people say that it was the only time when Windows looked better than Mac OS, and I agree, MAC OS at that time looked like shit, and to be honest it still looked outdated until they came out with OS X

  11. Brandon Backlin Says:

    @Windows Pain: Most of these are alpha/beta releases…

  12. Jibberjabber Says:

    Remember that Microsoft revived Windows for PowerPC with special versions running on PowerMac G5s for demoing/developing XBox 360 games?

  13. John Says:

    Wasn’t Windows 3.11 actually known as Windows for Workgroups?

  14. Shmi Skywalker Says:

    "Windows95 hit the market it really looked gorgeous". http://tinyurl.com/64acnen Heavens. What on earth are you smoking?

  15. Jeremy Says:

    Late to the party here, but man, I am in love with that gal in the BSoD shirt…

    I’ve been working with Windows since 3.1. It’s wild to see some of this behind the scenes stuff.

  16. Ninra Says:

    Actually, it was Motorola that wrote the original NT port for the Power PC platform. They even had systems running NT in a Motorola branded box. Motorola pulled out because they didn't want to damage the "corporate partnership" with Apple.

  17. swildstrom Says:

    That's true, but I don't think the Moto box ever actually shipped. I remember seeing it at Comdex in probably 94 or 95.

  18. nikeshoxtilbud Says:

    He was being charitable. It could have been so, so much better – and still could,Played a game of Minesweeper for kicks.

  19. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    Windows 95's look was copied from NeXT. Also, the "My Computer" hierarchy is from NeXT.

  20. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    Not really. The XBox runs PowerPC, so they used Power Macs as development workstations.

  21. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    That's when you should see early design directions, but instead you see pixels that look puked up.

  22. Dai Says:

    "Give me a list of programs that always run, that always retain their state, no file management, no hard drive letters, and NO UI, thanks"
    That would be OSX Lion in full screen mode. A little way to go with the elimination of file management, but that will be sorted when iCloud comes out if you use compatible apps

  23. RLord Says:

    I had a "tablet" PC that ran the PEN Windows OS that I carried around for a semester back in grad school (2000ish). Until someone stole it. But I had picked it up in the lab so it probably just wandered around campus some more. It had a HUGE wifi add-on that I used to no great advantage. Still, it was fun to sit in class and pretend to be taking notes with the chunky stylus while I was really surfing the net. Of course you had to use the stylus (no cap touch), it was about 2 inches thick, was only about a 7 inch screen and had about 12 or 13 colors it could display. I'll bet resolution was maybe 640 x 8something. Maybe less. Still, the OS had some interesting features that are still around today.

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