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Re: Thanks; Xy3 versus Xy4; other DOS software you'd recommend for a PDA?


I confess that I am a primitive, a software knuckle-dragger. I have a
half-dozen DOS programs I use, and another other half dozen I would use if
I could work up enough nerve in the face of crashing a well-tuned Windows
98 (set up by a technician).

I would recommend you look for the old Ziff-Davis utilities such as
Dirmatch developed by Paul Somerson and friends in the late 1980s. I also
have a don't-ask-where-I-got-it program called PC Boss that still does
everything all the Xtrees in a quicker, tidier manner. Steve Gibson's
Spinrite is still the best utility for checking your hard drive. And then
there is the raft of well-written utilities in the long-deceased Central
Point Software's PC Tools. Some of these, I believe, were incorporated
into later editions of Windows -- not necessarily in better versions.

Good luck. As the kids would say, DOS rules!


On Tue, 1 Jan 2002, Gavin Budge wrote:

> Many thanks to everyone who responded to my quest for a copy of XyWrite!
> I've been away from my computer for a few days, and was quite overwhelmed
> by the number of replies (many of which I've answered individually).
> Some people were puzzled by my interest in XyWrite 3, which had been
> stimulated by Annie Fisher's massive "XyWrite Is!" site, which is entirely
> devoted to XyWrite 3, and somewhat disparaging about version 4. I realize
> her point of view is probably a minority one, but thought I'd like to try
> the different versions for myself.
> One reason for my interest in Xy3 is that I'm planning to run XyWrite under
> a DOS emulator on a PDA (probably the Jornada 720, though Psion 5MX would
> do at a pinch), so the less demanding the application, the better, even at
> a certain cost in features. In the days of my old 486, all my
> wordprocessing was done using Wordperfect 5.1 (I hadn't even heard of
> XyWrite back then), but I reckon this is probably overkill for what I want
> (and the reliance on function keys is likely to be irritating).
> If you'll allow me to be slightly off-topic, I wonder if there's any other
> DOS software people on the list have fond memories of, or even still use,
> that I might search out for my PDA. I expect most of you have a history of
> PC usage that way predates mine...
> 					Gavin