Breadbox



  • Breadbox (www.breadbox.com) seems like TRWTF to me.

    Basically it began as a highly successful graphical OS for the C64, complete with word processor and drawing software.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEOS_(8-bit_operating_system)
    Then they wrote a new version for PC-s, running on top of DOS, with a productivity suite too - basically a (worthy) competitor to Windows 3, as I see.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEOS_(16-bit_operating_system)

    And they are still selling it, for $70, with the GUI unchanged, and listing DOSBox as system requirement.

    And they plan to create the first ever Educational Tablet by running GEOS on an Android tablet.





  • What's the WTF here?



  • I had GEOS on my C-64.

    I set the mouse tracking to 0. Zero.

    It saved the setting to the boot disk.

    I was never able to use it again.

    That's a WTF.



  • I had GeoWorks on my 286 or 386(don't remember even though it was my first PC-should I feel shame) in the early 90s. I liked it.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    I had GEOS on my C-64.

    It was an interesting thing. Though I never did anything very interesting with it.

    @blakeyrat said:

    I set the mouse tracking to 0. Zero.

    It saved the setting to the boot disk.

    I was never able to use it again.

    I remember lots of C-64 software recommending you copy your disk so this sort of thing didn't happen. I don't recall that I destroyed my copy of GEOS, but I think I managed similar things with certain games.



  • My Grandpa had Starflight 2 on his Tandy 1000, but the disk was wrong or corrupted somehow, and it never got past the title screen.

    Except once. As a kid I was only able to play Starflight 2 once. Ever.

    Starflight 2 is an amazing game.

    My other grandpa had Optimus Prime and Megatron, the good first editions that cost like $80. At home I just had lame Go-Bots. And not even enough of those; we had to add some Matchbox cars into the Go-Bots army and just pretend they transformed by setting them on their back bumper.

    A few years ago, unprompted by me or my brother and completely out of nowhere, my mom apologized to me for giving me Go-Bots instead of Transformers. In retrospect, that may be the best day of my life so far.











    What's this topic about, again?


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @blakeyrat said:

    What's this topic about, again?

    Everyone making screenshots showing you engaging in topic drift.



  • WTF is that they still sell a software written for DOS, basically unchanged, fix its compatibility for newer systems, but never update the GUI or the concept, and even advertise it, like this:

    Some may consider GEOS legacy software. We don't. It's good stuff. It
    still is, and we continually strive to make it better. Consider Breadbox
    an old, new start-up.

    and this:

    We envision the online Breadbox educational community to rapidly grow, exponentially.

    also

    Runs really fast on old machines, and even faster on new machines

    and only because current tablets approximate or surpass old computers in performance, they consider GEOS running on a tablet their "new product". And that new product is said to be in the works and "coming soon" for 6 years now.

    Selling a DOS product is not a WTF in itself if other businesses depend on it. However, boldly advertising the same unchanged product as a current offering IMO is one.



  • You can play Starflight 1 right here:

    No saving, though.


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