Today I managed to buy the latest thing – a 1.44Mb high density (HD) floppy disk, I actually bought a box of 10 of them from the school office. I will finally have room to store all of my Basic programmes and Filemaker programmes to take them between home and school.
Today I wrote my first program in QBasic. I managed to get it copied on to our 286 computer using 2 floppy disks that managed to buy this week for £1 each from the school office. I copied QBasic from the computer at school on to the disks and managed to get it working at home!
I’ve ended up having to re-install the computer from scratch after I was trying out commands from in the DOS manual and accidentally used Deltree /Y and forgot to specify a folder to delete, so it deleted everything from the root of the C drive.
Thankfully the disks used to install it were in the disk boxes on the top shelf of the computer desk so I have managed to re-install MS-DOS and Windows and the games and almost everything else. Hopefully no-one else will notice anything different, and at least all our files are stored on disks so we didn’t loose any of my homework or Dads work.
Today I bought my first album – it was Now! Thats What I Call Music 18. Double cassette, and wow is it good! I got to listen to it on my walkman for the first time too whilst writing this on the computer. I’ve started this computer diary to keep a record of everything that I do / learn so that in the future I can use it for reference and also to share things that other people might find useful. I recon that there are a lot of things that a person learns in their lifetime that lots of other people also spend a lot of time researching, but its just so difficult to find the answers. I’ve been experimenting with creating a records file like a data-base in a file to store this new diary that I can then load it and search through it using .bat files.
I’m writing this on our 286 computer in the DOS Editor so that I can save it to floppy disk. Its in the living room but I’m the only one who really knows how to use it well. I have written a new batch-file (.bat) menu system for it so that other than always booting into Windows 3.0 it can load the menu first, saving a lot of time if you want to do word processing in QA Write (Which is a DOS program). Windows really is rather basic compared to what you can do within DOS directly.
The computer is a Compaq 286. It has a 3.5″ Floppy Disk Drive that reads 720Kb disks and also a 30Mb hard disk that stores MS-DOS 3.30a and Windows 3.0
If you have a Compaq 286 computer, you can’t just turn it off when you are finished using it, you have to park the disk heads before you press the physical power button. To park the disk heads type:
Shift + Ctrl +Alt + Del
This then ensures that it parks the disk heads on the hard disk properly so that it isn’t damaged if the desk is bumped when the computer is off.