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posted by Woods on Thursday May 15 2014, @02:02PM   Printer-friendly
from the they-never-make-them-like-they-used-to dept.

Ryan Reed reports that when most Game of Thrones fans imagine George R.R. Martin writing his epic fantasy novels, they probably picture the author working on a futuristic desktop (or possibly carving his words onto massive stones like the Ten Commandments). But the truth is that Martin works on an outdated DOS machine using '80s word processor WordStar 4.0, as he revealed during an interview on Conan. 'I actually like it,' says Martin. 'It does everything I want a word processing program to do, and it doesn't do anything else. I don't want any help. I hate some of these modern systems where you type a lower case letter and it becomes a capital letter. I don't want a capital. If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key.' 'I actually have two computers,' Martin continued. 'I have a computer I browse the Internet with and I get my email on, and I do my taxes on. And then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine, not connected to the Internet.'

 
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  • (Score: 2) by opinionated_science on Thursday May 15 2014, @02:11PM

    by opinionated_science (4031) on Thursday May 15 2014, @02:11PM (#43720)

    it is interesting that FOSS emulates so many older technologies. I love the fact that Javascript CPU emulations exists (no flame wars about JS security!!).

    I have seen WordStar on a really old creak IBM box at school, and I must confess, that if you only need to use the keyboard I can see why it was popular.

    A painful WYSIWYG though....;-)

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by WizardFusion on Thursday May 15 2014, @02:17PM

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 15 2014, @02:17PM (#43730) Journal

    If you look at TV/Film script layouts, there isn't much to them really. No need for WYSIWYG.

    As for using DOS and Wordstar, that's OLD. Like really old. I can remember back to Windows 3.0 and MS-DOS 3 (i think) days. So long ago.

    Now, get off my lawn.

    • (Score: 2) by bucc5062 on Thursday May 15 2014, @05:42PM

      by bucc5062 (699) on Thursday May 15 2014, @05:42PM (#43825)

      Oh you kids...CP/M and 8" floppies was the way to write code back in the day. 4K memory...Tight coding or it wouldn't run. I just loved that we did so much with so little. Keep your lawn, i'll stay on my pasture thank you very much :-)

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      • (Score: 1) by CoolHand on Friday May 16 2014, @04:14AM

        by CoolHand (438) on Friday May 16 2014, @04:14AM (#44103) Journal

        My first PC when I was a kid ran CP/M.. I had a D&D game on there(rogue-like) that I loved, and inspired me to hack into it to give myself ultimate power.. Yeah, I was pretty cool. So, here I am 25 years later still working with computers. CP/M (and Wordstar which I also ran on there) was powerful stuf.... :)

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