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    George R. R. Martin - Why I still Use DOS

    BBC News - Game of Thrones author George RR Martin: 'Why I still use DOS'

    Does he really know nobody who could have turned all that carp off for him in Word?

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    He's a loon. Nothing however is worse than the BBC's ruddy writing though.

    To quote from that very article

    "Disk operating system computers were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s."

    Yeah, that's right. Popular. "Operating System" computers are still, er, rather popular now....

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    To each their own. If that's how he prefers to write, more power to him. Some authors still write by hand. Some use typewriters. He likes to use an old fashioned word processor. So what?

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    I don't know. I can kind of understand it. There's a certain charm/ease to WordPerfect 5 on DOS (I know he uses WordStar - never used that myself). If your writing a 1000 page fantasy manuscript perhaps it better to K.I.S.S.?

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    wordstar was forged by lucifer himself. But if a successful scriptwriter finds that it helps them be successful then who are we to argue.

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    Everyone has their own opinions and preferences I say all the good for it! I can see where he is coming from he likes the old-style feel when he is writing a novel, I suppose new Office and Windows bring on a whole load of distractions when typing, the bright fancy colours, effects, ribbon bars. He doesn't want that I suppose just a plain old typer where he can do his typing no shame in that

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    Plus boot time, there's nothing quite as fun as listening to the click of 4MB of RAM being tested before watching config.sys and autoexec.bat running through their commands along with the "fun" of jiggling things around into Himem to get as much of that precious 640KB free as possible

    Fun times

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    Surely that stuff could just be turned off ?

    Understand the virus bit though, thats a worry ill wager and I cant see it being trusted to "Ze Cloud"

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    What about something more modern like Vim with the XMonad WM in Linux?

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    My comment RE Word was meant to be tongue-in-cheek BTW...

    Funny that the BBC fail to mention Microsoft once in an article about DOS yet they manage to drop Apple in to just about anything even remotely related!

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    I'd heard this before, and wondered if it's why it takes him so damn long to write each part of ASOIAF.

    On a more serious note, all of his concerns could be easily addressed with a minimum of effort on a modern machine that would be a lot less likely to die on him. I'm sure he could get a fan to do it for free!

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    I wish he'd stop giving these interviews and focus on writing the next damn book! I neeeed to know what happens next.

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    Lot of folks rather missing the point. It's like taking the bus to work because you can't figure out how to change the radio station on your car stereo...

    (PS. He's still a loon. Not a fan of his books at all!)

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    I do wonder how he gets on with his publishers: they can be extremely specific about the required formatting of submitted works...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam View Post
    I wish he'd stop giving these interviews and focus on writing the next damn book! I neeeed to know what happens next.
    I'll summarise it for you: A bunch of people get killed, there's a bunch of sex, and some dragons.

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