IRC logs of #boinc for Sunday, 2011-10-09

00:01 <RomW> Well it stuck out in my mind as a first attempt for a unified graphics API for games, since it used the Windows GDI and everybody was jumping on the Windows bandwagon at the time it made some since.  IIRC, OpenGL was only being supported on Workstation class machines at the time

00:01 <RomW> I think Windows NT 3.5 was the first version of Windows to support OpenGL

00:01 <efc> yeah it was high end stuff, like on SGI and a few others

00:02 <efc> SGI Realizm, sweeet

00:02 <PovAddict> wasn't WinG some super-fast *2D* thing?

00:03 <efc> i remember those $2000 workstation cars.. market segment doesn't really exist anymore

00:03 <efc> yeah, thats what i remember

00:03 <RomW> Most games of that era were 2D

00:03 <PovAddict> I certainly remember a game of that area that included WinG somewhere in the CD, even a test app for it :P

00:03 * PovAddict has been peeking at the data files of games since forever

00:04 <RomW> lol

00:04 <RomW> I'm sure I have the SDK somewhere in a box

00:04 <PovAddict> I was good at breaking the computer too

00:04 <RomW> as well as my 30 different copies of NT 3.51 in every language

00:05 <PovAddict> in Win9x, shortcuts to DOS apps (.pif) had a checkbox to run them in "DOS mode"

00:05 <PovAddict> which meant that launching the shortcut would reboot the system into DOS, run the app, then reboot back into Windows

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00:06 <PovAddict> that worked by taking a backup of autoexec.bat and rewriting the original to run that one app and reboot

00:06 <PovAddict> I once ran an app like that, then immediately noticed I had its command line args wrong, so I opened the ctrl-alt-del task manager thing and killed the process that was doing the reboot (!)

00:06 <PovAddict> fixed the command line args and ran it again

00:07 <PovAddict> welp, turns out autoexec had already been modified, so doing it again made it overwrite the backup with the modified file

00:07 <RomW> ouch

00:08 <PovAddict> naturally my dad needed the computer right about then

00:08 <PovAddict> and it wouldn't boot into Windows (only into that dos app)

00:09 <PovAddict> I didn't have much experience with DOS at that level so it took me the whole following day with a DOS floppy to fix it :P

00:10 <PovAddict> that's the way to learn

00:10 <efc> CDROMs and sound cards were a pain back then, DOS needed them set up in config/autoexec, can't remember i f'95 needed them there too

00:10 <PovAddict> breaking things and having to fix them :P

00:10 <PovAddict> that was many years ago, maybe I was like 12...

00:11 <PovAddict> in a more recent event, the first thing I did with my iPod touch was attempt to jailbreak it and leave it unusable

00:11 <RomW> yeah, you needed to load real-mode drivers for interrupt based apps in autoexec.bat and config.sys

00:11 <RomW> even for Win9x

00:12 <RomW> Although Windows apps themselves could use the enhanced mode drivers if they just stuck with the Win16/Win32 API set

00:13 <RomW> @Pov, ouch

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12:34 <desti> http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-change-and-the-end-of-australia-20111003

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