Generic PC Found

When creating a desktop operating system install, we’ll often have a "computer specific” section, where we’ll install particular software for particular PCs.  For example, we would install fingerprint scanning software on those Lenovo laptops which had a fingerprint scanner built in.

But what if we’d detected a PC we don’t know about?

Throw up an error:
Generic PC Found

Like all good idiot proofing, we were countering the actions of idiots.  The two reasons which drove that were:

  1. The computer manufacturer, HP in this case, AKA the Integration Centre, would introduce a a new model without telling us SOE developers.
    The first we’d hear about it, was when an end user would ring up and say “my PC doesn’t play sound …”
  2. Our Desktop Support staff, WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, would install the desktop operating system image on a PC which wasn’t supported.
    And then complain to everyone but us, that the SOE build was broken.

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Leaving Geocities: “This website has won No Awards at all”


CTOS_Logo With Geocities shutting down, I had to move the CTOS Faq site.

CTOS, my friends, was an kick-ass operating system which was released in 1979, and was supported for 20 years.

It was a big thing in the business community.  But Unisys stopped supporting CTOS at the end of 1999.  I documented those reasons why Unisys did, in: Frank Brandenberg, the man who killed the CTOS operating system.

Now transferring off Geocities was fairly easy, as I still had my backups from ten years ago.  I lost very little data.  And for the missing data, there is the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

But there lies the problem.  The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine modify the html links in their pages to redirect to their archive copies (ie.… ).  Which means extra work in stripping those links out, carefully.

It’s been done, and you are invited to view a website design from 1999, the CTOS FAQ.

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