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MS-DOS

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jma
dl
sceptreofjudah
cherimullins
tpherndon
mobial
brianwisti
jeffself
abtin
codewritinfool
MarkofCain
b_eide
hexdump42
jorjun
pejrak
nowells
adamv
ndw
simonf
karlstolley
fdrake
ecrosstexas
floyd
pydanny
joalcorn
jtauber
mjhagen
patrick
joshontheweb
gg
mcrute
r1chardj0n3s
jancona
gklein
enki
nimasmi
bkonkle
mikl
doughellmann
stephen_mcd
ntoll
Bryan
whosaysni
bloodearnest
bitprophet
xhae
Ben
greyfade
otherchirps
larry
mfandreas
dfan
ashugg
macmichael01
morgs
gregmuellegger
juandg
shywolf9982
bocke
carljm
SeanOC
RossP
davisagli
honzakral
nathans
z3d
Da_Nuke
PaulM
daniellindsley
paltman
streetcleaner
eykd
charmless
tr00st
mwalling
whaley
collypops
NX172
westonruter
Raisapius
xyb
eddymul
CerealBoy
bkokash
Izual
jeffszusz
cstejerean
nsmgr8
brixtonasias
joe
ellisonleao
Indy
dmishe
williamcomartin
edv4rd0
roopesh90
jma - 37 years
dl - 25 years
sceptreofjudah - 10 years
cherimullins - 28 years
tpherndon - 15 years
mobial - 36 years
brianwisti - 12 years
jeffself - 14 years
abtin - 7 years
codewritinfool - 12 years
MarkofCain - 34 years
b_eide - 34 years
hexdump42 - 8 years
jorjun - 4 years
pejrak - 14 years
nowells - 33 years
adamv - 15 years
ndw - 33 years
simonf - 13 years
karlstolley - 7 years
fdrake - 8 years
ecrosstexas - 32 years
floyd - 32 years
pydanny - 20 years
joalcorn - 12 years
jtauber - 8 years
mjhagen - 4 years
patrick - 31 years
joshontheweb - 31 years
gg - 8 years
mcrute - 6 years
r1chardj0n3s - 7 years
jancona - 8 years
gklein - 31 years
enki - 31 years
nimasmi - 8 years
bkonkle - 8 years
mikl - 9 years
doughellmann - 6 years
stephen_mcd - 3 years
ntoll - 10 years
Bryan - 6 years
whosaysni - 30 years
bloodearnest - 10 years
bitprophet - 29 years
xhae - 7 years
Ben - 7 years
greyfade - 7 years
otherchirps - 6 years
larry - 28 years
mfandreas - 5 years
dfan - 6 years
ashugg - 28 years
macmichael01 - 28 years
morgs - 10 years
gregmuellegger - 6 years
juandg - 9 years
shywolf9982 - 4 years
bocke - 8 years
carljm - 5 years
SeanOC - 9 years
RossP - 7 years
davisagli - 4 years
honzakral - 4 years
nathans - 9 years
z3d - 5 years
Da_Nuke - 6 years
PaulM - 7 years
daniellindsley - 3 years
paltman - 3 years
streetcleaner - 5 years
eykd - 4 years
charmless - 6 years
tr00st - 25 years
mwalling - 5 years
whaley - 4 years
collypops - 9 years
NX172 - 24 years
westonruter - 4 years
Raisapius - 11 years
xyb - 5 years
eddymul - 24 years
CerealBoy - 7 years
bkokash - 24 years
Izual - 4 years
jeffszusz - 23 years
cstejerean - 4 years
nsmgr8 - 8 years
brixtonasias - 22 years
joe - 2 years
ellisonleao - 5 years
Indy - 9 years
dmishe - 21 years
williamcomartin - 9 years
edv4rd0 - 3 years
roopesh90 - 11 years
1982–
1983–1997
1983–2007
1983–1992
1983–2010
1983–
1984–1997
My first PC came with MS-DOS 2.0
1984–1995
1984–1990
1984–1995
1985–1988
Boring, and steady. Don't really have much to say. It was clearly designed for small office use and accountants. There was enough there to get Lotus 123 to run.
1985–
1985–1998
1985–1992
1985–
1986–1998
1986–
1986–2000
We'll just count Windows 2000 at the last time I used DOS specifically. Too complicated to figure out DOS vs. Windows 9x.
1986–
Does a command line window in Windows still count?
1986–1992
1987–2006
I think I first started on a girlfriend's dad's desktop getting an ancient computer game called 'Bushido' to play. Last time I touched MS-Dos was probably around December of 2006.
1987–1994
A good place to learn about being careful when writing assembly!
1987–
1987–
1988–1995
1988–1995
1988–1996
DOS was my first operating system. I learned to program hacking around in gorillas.bas and .bat files.
1988–1995
1988–
1988–1994
For games, of course.
1988–
1988–
I have early memories of playing Ultima 4 in DOS off a 5 1/4 inch floppy on my old IBM pc with a monochome screen.
1988–1993
1988–1995
At first, on its own, then along-side Windows 3.1
1988–1991
My first OS
1988–1999
1988–1995
1988–
1989–1991
Fond memories of playing Ultima VI from half a dozen 3.5 inch floppies and messing around with automation using batch files.
1989–1994
My first PC came with MS-DOS. I broke a lot of shit through that operating system (as context, I was born in 1983, so I was extra naive to say... deltree).
1989–1994
1989–1998
Managed to shoe-horn it onto an Acorn Archimedes via the PC-Emulator that came with it. My first ever "hack"
1989–
My first command was format a:, ruining a game just bought 5min ago.
1989–1998
1990–
Never owned my own MS-DOS-only PC, but used friends' systems a lot as a child. These days it's limited to a ~quarterly foray into some WinXP system's command prompt...
1990–1996
1990–1996
1990–1996
1991–
I am reluctant to put in an End Year because it makes me feel sad.
1991–2000
1991–1995
1991–1996
1991–1996
Yes, I started using DOS when I was three years old :) Ofcourse I wasn't able to enter commands, but my brother showed me how to start the games I could use at that time.
1991–1996
1991–
1991–1999
1991–
1992–1996
1992–1995
Some computers at school had only MS-DOS, back then
1992–2000
On our 286 :-)
1992–1995
1992–1995
1992–2000
1992–1998
1992–1996
1992–1999
1993–1999
1993–1995
Where it all started for me. Someone taught me how to "script" things with Batch files.
1993–1998
This was the OS I learned to use when I was a kid.
1993–1995
1994–1998
1994–2002
1994–1997
1994–1997
first computer had an ms-dos and windows 3.1 install
1994–1999
1994–1998
1994–
1995–2001
1995–1998
This was my first computer, I used MS-DOS and it's basic commands to browse through folders and play some games.
1995–1998
Lots of games only ran on MS-DOS on our Windows 3.11 machine, e.g. Descent II, Flight Unlimited, Mad Dog McCree.
1995–
3.3 onwards
1995–2005
Only whenever Windows decided not to work. I learned some of the basic commands at around the same time I started learning to read.
1995–
1995–
1995–1999
1996–2003
1996–1999
1996–
I think it was 1995. I was just a kid!
1997–
1997–1998
1997–2001
1998–2006
I learned the first MS-DOS commands in a very young age, back when I needed to boot in MS-DOS instead of Windows, to play same specific games. I continued to use MS-DOS commands and the environment when necessary, until Windows was not present at all in my machines.
1998–
2000–2008
2001–2003
2002–2012
Long Before I started with any programming/scripting language.
Don't remember the year, but it was DOS 2.11 I believe and then quickly upgraded to 5.0 a year or so later.

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