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Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 16 Mar 2019, 09:08
by Joe Glines
This is hilarious however I wish they had done it with Windows 3.11 instead

Re: Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 18 Apr 2019, 14:40
by jeeswg
With Windows 3.11, I liked to change it to Fluorescent mode.
A Look Back at Microsoft Windows 3.1 | Planet Botch

The icons looked great. Especially Sound Recorder.
Windows 3.11 Icons | Window95 | Computer icon, Folder icon, Design

There was also canyon.mid.
Windows 3.0 MIDI : Microsoft Windows : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

MIDI sounded better on old computers.
CANYON.MID played on IBM Aptiva PC using Sound Blaster 16 - YouTube
PASSPORT.MID played on IBM Aptiva PC using Sound Blaster 16 - YouTube

Re: Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 18 Apr 2019, 15:20
by jeeswg
Btw one crucial thing missing from the Windows 95 video. Audio.
Windows 95 Startup and Shutdown - YouTube

And here's the new Windows 95 startup sound:
nobody here - YouTube

Re: Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 18 Apr 2019, 16:04
by tank
Now google "the mother of all demos" and watch computers of 1968

Re: Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 20 Apr 2019, 20:22
by jeeswg
- Thanks for the link, tank.
- The video title, length, and presence of Doug Engelbart seemed encouraging, but I watched it, and they sold the technology really badly/unconvincingly.
- Half an hour on how you can store shopping lists!?
- They should have been more honest and clear about how it benefits them personally, or they should have been clearer re. how it could help businessmen/businesswomen or everyday users. When you go for the middle ground, you convince no-one.
- They explained the mouse very well. Ironically though, I generally don't use a mouse, I use an external keyboard, I use win+arrow keys to move, and win+numpad keys to jump to the centre of one of 9 screen areas. So, as much as I like the mouse, if any naysayers watching, doubted the mouse, they're not actually wrong.
- There was a bit of text editing (only copying/pasting paragraphs really), hyperlinks, mouse use, code editing (code folding), user logging, glossary lookup, videophone (but was it really part of the software), and a movable armchair.
- So, potentially interesting, but can equivalent functionality all be done efficiently and without a mouse, in a regular command prompt? It's hard to gauge what types of 'command prompt functionality' would be difficult to achieve at the time.
- Anyhow, I applauded the effort.

- I was thinking of doing some AHK demo videos, and it really makes it clear for me something I'd been thinking: the basic things seemed too basic, and the complex things seemed too esoteric, but perhaps both categories were the best things to focus on. Be it too simple or too complex, give a genuine use case. Aim for ordinary people, business uses, and programmers, don't fall somewhere in the middle, and convince no-one. 'Wow, here's something semi-neat-looking that no-one will ever want to do.'
- In this video, they mention that GUIs were called 'WIMPs':
GUI Programming Introduction - Computerphile - YouTube
WIMPs: windows, icons, mice + pull-down menus.
WIMPs: windows, icons, menus + pointers.
- The mouse becomes more attractive once you've imagined some of those concepts.
- Btw at the end of the video, the 'ARPA network' was briefly mentioned, now that really did lead to something ...
- Thanks for sharing! Any other videos ...?

- [EDIT:] The demos here are very effective, from 5 years earlier, 1963 cf. 1968.
Sketchpad (1963) 1 of 3 - Intro and Interview - YouTube

Re: Teens experience Windows 95

Posted: 18 May 2019, 11:33
by jeeswg
Nice summary of the new (at the time) UI features:
Start me up: Watch CNET's early coverage of Windows 95, back in 1995 - YouTube

[EDIT:] And a good summary for Windows 98.
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 98 (1998) - YouTube