DOS for Everyone

Using DOS coverDOS
The User-Friendly Reference

Naturally, this book showed up in our donation pile and of course we are not going to add this to our tech manual collection. Besides, as one of the dinosaur librarians on staff, I learned DOS back in the day so I can probably handle any DOS questions that might come our way.  (I am also the librarian that has been subjected to the phrase: “Mary might know about typewriters, she is old enough.”) Now, get off my lawn.



Using DOS back cover

Things you should do after backing up

Things you should do after backing up


  1. Ahh DOS, I love(d) DOS. A big problem with the floppys was their small size v. hard disks, as shown in the table on page 158. IBM tried to come out with a 2.88 MB floppy, but it didn’t go anywhere IIRC. Kind of sad. I used to make money saving people with my trusty DOS boot disk!

  2. A great book that explains the underlying things going on in any operating system is In the Beginning… Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson (yes, THAT Stephenson). It’s probably a better resource (because less topical, although it does have a lot of topicality to it) than a how-to book about a specific OS. And the description of LINUX as an encampment of hippies is quite amusing.

  3. I got a warm, fuzzy glow when I recalled write-protection once involved flicking the plastic thingy across.

    1. I remember when write-protection was sticking some tape over the notch. Or, before then, sticking tape over the hole in the cassette tape.

  4. LOL, I know about typewriters, too. Maybe someday people will keep them around the house for decoration, the way they used spinning wheels and butter churns for decoration back in the 1970s.

  5. You know, there’s a very slight case to be made for keeping this one. You’d be surprised how many assembly lines are still controlled by old DOS hardware that can’t be updated without ripping out most of the electronics and writing new control software from scratch, which means shutting down for weeks and spending huge amounts of money. There’s resources for teaching yourself the basics of DOS online, of course, but they tend to be aimed at gamers rather than people trying to run embedded systems.

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