We un-decked the halls this weekend and I decided to pull out some long forgotten bins under the stairs to make a bit more room for holiday decorations. One of the boxes was "old computer books" that I filled and put away under there when I moved in and hadn't looked in since.

I took possession of my home and moved here in October...of 1999 😬

Shall we explore what this time capsule has to offer?

Very well then...

Oh hey look I found the manual to go with my Windows 3.0 install floppies!

(Yes three point zero)

The more thicc windows got the more thin the printed manual got.

It was even illustrated nicely and covered the applets like paint!

What *is* a File Manager, really? :blobthinkingcool:

Before Widows became whimsical with its explorers and wizards it was all about business with all these Managers.

File Manager
Program Manager
Printer Manager

Let's see what else there is here...

Oh excellent found the manuals AND the box for the Autocad Release 10 Student Edition (for MSDOS) to go with those disks that were still kicking around too!

"READ THE LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY **BEFORE** OPENING..."

This is Pandora's Box of Magnetic Media.

Wow look at these license terms...

"You may not...use this program outside of the US or Canada"

I wonder if BSA agents followed people who went on a trip to Mexico with their luggabe PCs to make sure they didn't open AutoCAD

Since this is a student edition I will probably have to go back to school to run this, or I'll get visited by a man in a dark suit and sunglasses

Well at least the license is concise and clear 🤷‍♂️

The cover art is exceptionally good by computer manual standards. I'm diggin' this Airport in the Sky.

The Complete AutoCAD reference really *is* complete at least as of 1993. Probably still mostly valid today too

The Student Manual reads a lot like a textbook (for CAD in general not just how to use AutoCAD specifically) and indeed it was listed as the textbook in the syllabus for the course I took

OK let's look at some more Old Computer Books...

Check out the Tower of Database Power

The installation guides are slim and unassuming in order to lull you into a false sense of security.

Don't let that fool you. This is a bit more than `apt install informix`

Note the Order of Installation. Thou shalt not deviate from The Order lest you wind up in Sysop Purgatory

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Nice find! I just got rid of a ton of old 90s Informix and Sybase stuff over the summer.

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