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Why Did OS/2 Fail?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Too many people have speculated why OS/2 faded into the sunset while Windows reigned supreme. I want to explore some of the bigger theories and then offer up one of my own. The fact remains that OS/2 was the operating system that should and could but never would. I wanted OS/2 to work. I remember the Visual Basic class I took all the way back in the summer of 1994. I remember the instructor going around the class having us introduce ourselves. I remember saying how much I hate Windows (it was 3.1 at the time) because it was such a hacked and slashed together operating system, and that I really wished we would’ve gone the “OS/2 route”. In my mind, Windows 3.x was nothing more than a glorified version of DOS Shell, although I later learned that Windows was a real operating system; an operating system you add to pay twice for because you couldn’t run it by itself. All kidding aside, even in my late teenage years I stayed loyal to the OS/2 brand. I even ran it on my PC at home, albeit in dual boot mode because there was a lot of stuff that Windows 95 could run that OS/2 could not. I owned two versions of OS/2, “OS/2 for Windows” which was OS/2 version 2.1 without a standalone copy of Windows where you used your own copy. I also purchased OS/2 Warp 4 in 1996 when I was sick and tired of Windows 95 and the constant reboots.

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Beam-Out!!! for iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and Windows Phone

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The latest version of Beam-Out!!! has been released for iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and Windows Phone.  Please click the link below to see it in the App Store, Google Play, or Windows Phone Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beam-out!!!/id593765118?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grantster.beamout&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5ncmFudHN0ZXIuYmVhbW91dCJd

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=c1100fc9-829e-4e26-a726-b107511ec7f8

This is very important.  Please don’t leave negative feedback without contacting me first.  I would like to help make Beam-Out!!! a better game, but I can only do that if you are willing to help me.  I need to know what features would make the game better.  If you don’t understand how to play the game, then I can help out with that as well.  I plan on creating a YouTube video showing how to play it very soon.  I am new to video game creation, so I don’t know everything there is to know about it yet.  That is why I need your help.

Please feel free to leave comments below or email me at beamout@grantster.com.  As always, if you like the game, please tell your friends.  If you don’t like it, please tell me why.

Thanks!!

Beam-Out!!! Support

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

For support on Beam-Out!!! please email: beamout@grantster.com.

You can post help questions here, but they will not be checked nearly as often as the email address!

Thanks for your continued support!!

Grant

Beam-Out!!! – Something for Others to Criticize

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I have criticized other works (games, utilities, etc.) for most of my life.  According to the WordPress statistics, however, few people have actually read them.  Oh, well, I love to entertain myself.  I have published my first app.  It happens to be for Windows Phone.  Since Windows Phone has the minority share of all smart phones, few people will be able to use it.  That doesn’t bother me.  I have a Windows Phone, and I absolutely love it.  I will have the iOS version out, hopefully in a couple of weeks as long as I have no issues with the Apple certification process.  I will be working on the Android version over the next few weeks, and will hopefully have a version ready for it in the next month.

It will be a while before it shows up in the Windows Phone App Search, but here is the direct link for anyone interested in it.  I am a science fiction fan, so the idea was a natural for me.  Your goal is to beam people out of a variety of situations in a teleporter.  You should really try not to kill them.  I think it’s fun and challenging, but it’s my own program, and I’m pretty biased.  Try it for yourself and see.  It has a free trial with no time limitation.  It is $0.99 to buy.  Here is the direct link:

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=c1100fc9-829e-4e26-a726-b107511ec7f8

Thanks for viewing it.  Let me know what you think.  If anything, please let me know that it’s better (albeit slightly) than Atari 2600 Pac-Man or Atari 2600 Donkey Kong!!

Kildall, Norton, and …. Kurzweil?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The year was 1983 and I had my first experience ever with computers.  I saw the epitome of modern-day technology in our school library .  It was a TRS-80 with about 16k of RAM and a tape drive for storage.  I was in elementary school at the time and was just blown away.  I saw a girl several years older than me loading up a program (a rudimentary game) from the tape drive.  Wow, I thought to myself, I can do that.  I WILL do that!!  I can make programs too.  I rushed home that evening and tried to write my first computer program ever.  I had no idea what a programming language was.  I didn’t care.  I decided to create a “Hangman” game.  So, I pulled out my tape recorder and proceeded to say how my program was going to work.  I assumed everything because I had no idea how computers really worked.  I even assumed that I didn’t have to tell the computer what words to use, it should magically just pick a word at random and proceed to start the game.  I did, however, at least tell the computer to put the number of blanks at the bottom of screen equal to the number of letters in the word.  I was so excited that I could barely sleep.  I was going to school and going to play the new game that I created!!  In no time, I would write a game better than Pac-Man and become a millionaire before I even get into high school.

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I Wanna Be Like David Barnes

Monday, June 4th, 2012

David Barnes is one of those rare people that, if you ever met, you would never forget.  He has worked for IBM for a number of years, appeared in IBM commercials, and he was a self-described “OS/2 Evangelist”.  He now has some kind of lead position with IBM and their Web 2.0 initiatives.  Without this guy, there is no telling how far OS/2 would’ve gone.  OS/2 went far, but not by IBM’s standards.  If it was a smaller company, OS/2 would be considered a phenomenal success.

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Gary Kildall – He Made America

Friday, June 1st, 2012

We’ve just passed the Gary’s birthday, which was May 19th, 1942.  He would be 70 years old if he was still alive today.  While everyone, or at least most everyone, knows the names Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and, to a lesser extent, Larry Ellison, Gary is known by a relatively smaller audience.  Although he was a millionaire, he never had a fraction of the wealth of the aforementioned entrepreneurs.  I know that I have poked fun at Gary in the past, but that criticism is unfounded.  I was one of those who accused him of throwing away a fortune.  I realize now, after reading many accounts from credible sources, that Gary wasn’t entirely to blame for the fact that Intergalactic Digital Research wasn’t the company that Microsoft became.  Gary invented DOS.  Without him, we may not have seen any of the other people rise to prominence.  It seems like Gary’s lawyer may have had more to do with IBM’s failed negation than Gary himself.  What about the fact that Gary flew for hours in his plane while IBM waited on the ground to meet him?  It appears to be mostly folklore by people who love to make up stories.  Peter Norton, a person for whom I have a deep respect, was one of those people.  He even wrote it in one of his books.  One of my college professors even said that Gary lost the IBM business because he decided to go fishing that day.  I somehow missed that in all of the research that I’ve done on the subject.
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