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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 But the truth is that Martin works on an outdated DOS machine using '80s word processor WordStar 4.0, as he revealed during an interview on Conan.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: 3, Insightful) by zafiro17 on Thursday May 15 2014, @03:39PM

    by zafiro17 (234) on Thursday May 15 2014, @03:39PM (#43790) Homepage

    Holy crap - that's an awesome find! Thanks for posting the link. This is why I still read sites like this one: for the awesome tips from other users. I unfortunately don't see a download link anywhere - they must still be developing it. Wonder what kind of keyboard that is in the image? Looks almost like an old IBM Selectric typewriter keyboard, which is interesting. Can anybody ID it?

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  • (Score: 1) by Zinho on Thursday May 15 2014, @04:46PM

    by Zinho (759) on Thursday May 15 2014, @04:46PM (#43811)

    To download the program you need to register with the developer as an alpha tester []. According to the page i just linked he's pretty much accepting anyone, but he'd prefer people who intend to use it actively rather than people who are just curious and want to toy with it a bit.

    From your enthusiastic response I'd guess you're the right type, so go give it a try =)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 15 2014, @06:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 15 2014, @06:42PM (#43863)

      And now the big question: which license?