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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:19

I was checking out a few days ago at Stop and Shop and noticed the exit, minimize, maximize windows buttons looked remarkably similar to OS/2 Warp. Does anyone know if Stop and Shop is using OS/2 for their checkout computers?

 

Update: I have read that OS/2 Warp is used in some things and places on Wikipedia. Does anyone know why OS/2 warp is being used and not something like Windows or Linux ?

 

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:31

Stop and shop has been installing OS/2 as recently as 2010. Why?  Lord only knows, it's probably a combination of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and it's "the best tool for the job"

If your software is written for OS/2 and it works, why not use it? 

 

Not that I agree with this logic, but that's how many companies operate (and why there'll still be XP computers in 2020)



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:32

Because it does what they need it to do?



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:51

I understand that it probably does work well for what they use it for. I also read that OS/2 never crashes and is another reason. I bet OS/2 is like a vacuum tube radio that wont fail during a EMP compared to the modern radios that would.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:17

Also noone writes viruses/malware for OS/2 Warp.

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:21

Also are you sure it is OS/2 and not eComStation?

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 20:08

We were using OS2/Warp as an FTP server until recently. If it aint broke dont fix it.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 13:02

Because it does what they need it to do?

Well that's a ridiculous excuse. :p



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 13:05

They continue to use it because OS/2 Warp features a shredder. That's a lot more secure than tossing things into a Recycle Bin or Trash.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 13:52

I understand that it probably does work well for what they use it for. I also read that OS/2 never crashes and is another reason. I bet OS/2 is like a vacuum tube radio that wont fail during a EMP compared to the modern radios that would.


Actually vacuum tube radios would probably fail in a powerful EMP too.

I any case OS/2 doesn't crash in the same sense that NT OS' doesn't crash.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 14:08

I also read that OS/2 never crashes and is another reason.

Used to have to support the thing way back when.. it certainly did crash from time to time. The occasional "This program is not responding to system requests" message was always fun too.
 

They continue to use it because OS/2 Warp features a shredder. That's a lot more secure than tossing things into a Recycle Bin or Trash.

There's a bajillion "shredder" programs out there to pick from, any OS and platform.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 14:16

They continue to use it because OS/2 Warp features a shredder. That's a lot more secure than tossing things into a Recycle Bin or Trash.

 

Erm.. Nope.

 

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That said, I was trying to get OS/2 Warp running in VMWare Fusion a while ago. Was damned near impossible.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 14:21

Erm.. Nope.

 

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That said, I was trying to get OS/2 Warp running in VMWare Fusion a while ago. Was damned near impossible.

OS/2 has been known to be difficult to virtualise. See http://www.os2museum.com/wp/?p=27 for more information.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 14:25

I just find it a little strange for a corporation to be using a 19 year old operating system especially OS/2 (if they truly are using OS/2 warp). I wouldn't doubt Kmart uses Windows 95 for their checkouts. Grocery stores and department stores could use a tablet now with an app that emulates what their checkout does currently.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 14:28

Does anyone know why OS/2 warp is being used and not something like Windows or Linux ?

 

In what way is OS/2 Warp "not like" Windows or Linux?