Happy birthday to MS-DOS
Those of you hanging on to boxes of 5-inch floppies collecting dust in your basement might be curious to know yesterday marked the 30th birthday of MS-DOS.
Originally manufactured by Seattle Computer Products as QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System), the product was acquired by Microsoft on July 27, 1981, for $25,000.
Many of us who came of age along with personal computers have fond memories of pounding away at the C:\> prompt to cajole our PCs into doing things like printing "Awesome!" onto the screen in infinite loops.
It was BASIC, but it didn't seem basic at all, at the time.
After a handful of versions, MS-DOS would die a slow death in the '90s after Microsoft's Windows gained a stronghold.
For the record, the Signal office is powered by Apple's Mac OS X, but it's always good to remember from where we came.