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If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby LarryD » Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:40 pm

1.44 mb :-)
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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby EmeryB » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:37 am

You've said it, Melek. Microsoft's support isn't all that amazing on the forums so I don't think people would miss them terribly if they vanished altogether. lol
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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby PFMcFarland » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:03 am

I recently spent over two hours on the phone with a Microsoft "tech support" representative, and in the end I was the one who figured out what the problem was, and fixed it. They still only know how to tell you what the script in their manual says, and it's usually as wrong as the online service.

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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby Brian » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:22 pm

I called Microsoft Support once for a technical problem. The FORTRAN-80 compiler was setting the high-order bit of the common block name but ASM-80 did not, making it impossible to share memory between them. They told me that problem was fixed in FORTRAN-80 3.44, which I bought. The Microsoft support engineer wanted to know how I figured what was wrong- I HEX dumped the object files.

That was in 1982.
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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby Brazile » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:42 am

What an odd bug. Hard to imagine offhand what they might have been doing that would lead to it.

Then again, in the 80s, I generally stuck to FORTRAN 77, usually the VAX/VMS implementation, and never ran into a compiler bug. Then I escaped to a job where I could return to C and Unix and never looked back.
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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby jamesmck » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:01 am

alexvaras wrote:3-1/4

I have a banker's box full of these, with "very important" stuff on them (I guess). I got a USB external drive just in case.
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Re: If anyone cares, Microsoft is ending forum support for these products

Postby Dustin McAmera » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:14 pm

I have a small box of 3.25" discs, saved from a larger collection of 'really important stuff' I never needed for ten years or more, because they have the shutter part made of aluminium, and I have found it's good stuff for home-made pinhole plates. Flat, reasonably stiff, and the pinhole-making method I know (from here: http://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/pinhole_01.html ) works well with this material.
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