Guess the OS

We already played a game of Name That Windows Version. Let's expand it a little and see if you can figure out what operating system that's being talked about in this article from the New York Times.

We already played a game of Name That Windows Version. Let's expand it a little and see if you can figure out what operating system is being talked about in this article from the New York Times.


A couple of weeks ago, we played a game of Name That Windows Version where I found a press release about a version of Windows from some time in the past, stripped out the identifying information in the release, and asked if you could identify it. It was an exercise to prove just how the hype of each version of Windows matches the previous one.

This week, I thought we would try again. This time, however, I'm going to include more than just Windows as an option. Don't take that as a clue that it's not Windows though. I just wanted to make the test harder.

Hot off the presses

This article appeared in the New York Times. As before, I've stripped out the name and some of the things in the article that would make the choice obvious. See if you can tell what this article is talking about:

Whether, or When, to Buy XXXXX

SOME people loathe XXXXX, some say it is the greatest development in personal computing in many years, and most don't know it from chopped liver. But the new operating system for powerful personal computers is eventually going to affect everyone who uses a PC in business.

While XXXXX will become the new standard for business PC's, that certainly won't happen today, or even next year. For starters, XXXXX brings with it a lot of additional costs. Last week's column discussed some of the costs of switching from XXXXX to XXXXX: Customers will need new hardware to provide enough memory, new versions of favorite software programs and retraining for everyone who works on the computers.

Is XXXXX worth that cost? Not surprisingly, ... , says yes. Many other experts agree. So do the corporate users who've begun working with XXXXX since it was shipped early this month. They say it's better than they expected, with few of the bugs common to the debut of any program and a potential that is strikingly clear the moment the system is turned on.

Does that mean corporate buyers should rush out and pick up XXXXX tomorrow? Or should they wait, particularly since advanced and extended versions of XXXXX are promised in the not-too-distant future?

Right now, XXXXX is an obese, snorting memory hog that demands a minimum of xxxx xxxx bytes just to boot it up and xxxx xxxx bytes before it can run any of your .... software...

''Users and vendors are excited by the possibilities unleashed by XXXXX,'' said John McCarthy of Forrester Research, who polled 18 independent software vendors, nine large industrial companies and six computer system suppliers.

XXXXX will allow those companies to begin sniffing out the emerging capabilities and strengths of the new operating system, which include multitasking (running more than one program at the same time), improved memory management, superior networking, data base and communications features, and, generally, a better computer environment for programmers to work in.

Of course, it is also a more complex environment for programmers. ''To say, 'Hello' in a window under XXXXX requires 300 lines of code,'' one programmer said, compared with five lines in the computer language C.

Yet many businesses will discover, perhaps to their delight, that they don't need to take the XXXXX step at all — that they can get along quite nicely for years to come with XXXXX. They may not need to spend the estimated $xxxx to $xxxx a machine it will take to convert existing hardware and software to run XXXXX

So most businesses probably ought to wait at least a year before deciding whether to make the giant step to XXXXX. That year should see the arrival of new software applications for XXXXX - which, ... will make PC software appear much like the easy-to-use Macintosh software.

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