Classics Rock

Examining IT trends from the past live to help IT managers plan for the future.

  • Keeping current on certs: It's an age-old problem

    Keeping current on certs: It's an age-old problem

    Certifications present the eternal problem of what to do to keep them up to date. Once the most important certification to have, Novell's CNE still exists. This Classic Tip shows what you had to do at...

    John Sheesley · March 24, 2008, 5:45 AM PST

  • My DOS version can beat up your DOS version

    My DOS version can beat up your DOS version

    Which version of DOS was the best? Before people argued the technical merits of Linux, they argued the technical merits of DOS. Look back and see the differences between the old DOS distros and how th...

    John Sheesley · April 9, 2008, 6:03 AM PST

  • Check out the almostEverest photo gallery

    Check out the almostEverest photo gallery

    Digging around the TechRepublic archives, I found a bunch of images from the almostEverest expedition. Click through and see what I found along with some personal observations from one of the climbers...

    John Sheesley · April 25, 2008, 3:50 AM PST

  • April 2000: TechRepublic editors put the *almost* in almostEverest

    During the DotCom boom era, Internet companies did all sorts of crazy things. TechRepublic was no exception. Eight years ago, two TechRepublic editors went to Nepal and participated in an adventure we...

    John Sheesley · April 24, 2008, 6:20 AM PST

  • Is Windows 98 still an option?

    Is Windows 98 still an option?

    Windows XP may rule the desktop now, but until about 2002, the main desktop operating system of choice for many businesses was Windows 98. Is a 10 year old operating system good for anything, especial...

    John Sheesley · March 5, 2008, 4:11 AM PST

  • Welcome to Classics Rock

    Welcome to Classics Rock

    Welcome to Classic Rock! This is TechRepublic's blog blog focusing on hardware and software from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. But it's more than mere nostalgia. Find out what else we'll cover.

    John Sheesley · March 3, 2008, 6:06 AM PST

  • Clearly Superior (?)

    Clearly Superior (?)

    Radio Shack's slogan for its Tandy line of computers in the early 80's stated that Tandy's were "Clearly Superior". Here's an ad by Bill Bixby for the Tandy 1000 from 1984. Just how superior was the T...

    John Sheesley · March 10, 2008, 6:23 AM PST

  • Windows 2000 Pro:  Microsoft's best desktop OS ever?

    Windows 2000 Pro: Microsoft's best desktop OS ever?

    What was the best operating system Microsoft ever produced? Windows 98? Windows XP? MS-DOS 5.0? After doing some thinking and some looking back, Microsoft's best desktop operating system just might ha...

    John Sheesley · March 12, 2008, 8:02 AM PST

  • The cracked open TRS-80 Model 4P has its day in the sun

    The cracked open TRS-80 Model 4P has its day in the sun

    The cracked open TRS-80 Model 4P has its day in the sun

    Mark Kaelin · March 26, 2008, 12:43 AM PST

  • Like all myths, the OpenMac has a basis from history

    Like all myths, the OpenMac has a basis from history

    Does the company that made the $400 Mac clone exist? Maybe, maybe not. However, history shows that Mac clones have existed before. History also shows that it's possible to legally reverse engineer wha...

    John Sheesley · April 16, 2008, 1:25 AM PST

  • Who made the worst PC ever?

    Who made the worst PC ever?

    Who made the worst PC ever? There are so many to choose from, it's hard to pick just one. But, that's what you've got to do in our poll. Pick the worst PC and see if it compares to the opinions of oth...

    John Sheesley · April 18, 2008, 4:05 AM PST

  • How out of date are your IT skills?

    How out of date are your IT skills?

    The longer your career as an IT professional, the more things you learn. Unfortunately, because the IT field changes so rapidly, many of the things you learn become obsolete. Check out list list of my...

    John Sheesley · April 21, 2008, 5:13 AM PST

  • Finding Easter Eggs in old software

    Finding Easter Eggs in old software

    What's lurking inside of your software? Ideally, only the code necessary to make the program work. Sometimes however, programmers hide Easter Eggs inside. Check out some of the Easter Eggs you can fin...

    John Sheesley · March 21, 2008, 2:28 AM PST

  • 5 of the best desktop operating systems you never used

    5 of the best desktop operating systems you never used

    Chances are, you're reading this blog entry on a Windows machine. If not, you're probably running a Mac or Linux. Here are five of the best desktop operating systems that you probably never used, but ...

    John Sheesley · March 19, 2008, 2:38 AM PST

  • Can Domino or GroupWise still compete with Exchange?

    Can Domino or GroupWise still compete with Exchange?

    Today's Classic Tip comes from TechRepublic's 4/11/2000 edition of the Lotus Notes TechMail, which we no longer produce. It got me to wondering - of all of the great battles in the 80's and 90's, you ...

    John Sheesley · April 11, 2008, 5:54 AM PST