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Windows XP will not be supported after April 2014. After that date, you can still use your XP computer for office and other programs however you should not connect to the internet after April 2014. I suggest using a Puppy linux CD which is free to download. Put the cd in when you want to use the internet, gives you a up to date linux desktop to do the internet. Then when you want to go back to XP unplug or disable internet connection, remove Puppy CD and use XP offline.
Linux is a highly functional desktop. The main reason you would need XP is if you have invested in windows programs that you can still use offline. The more you get used to linux, the more you will not need to bow down to great and powerfull microsoft.
The Vic 20 had 16k of memory. There was no hard drive. You loaded programs from a casett tape. The operating system took 13k. The quick Brown Fox word proccesor took another k. That left 2k to type on. You could type about 2 pages of text before you had to save it to a casett tape. And you could not write over the same file, so you had to rename the file every time you made a change. There was an intersting game called kaliedo that was basically a very interesting screen saver. It took about 2 minutes to load a program from tape. The Quick Brown Fox editor was an external ram chip that automatically loaded when you turned it on.

The Vic 64 was a world of difference with the 5 1/4" floppy. It loaded so much faster than the tape drive. We played a game called DeJavu for hours. It was a story type game where you woke up in a bathroom stall with amnesia and you had to find the antedote before you went insane.

The IBM PS1 was a personal computer that had an 80 megabyte hard drive and came with 2 megs of ram, that's not 256 or 100 but 2 megabytes. It had an expansion slot for extra ram, I bought an extra 2 megs for like 85 smackers, at the time the 4 meg chip was 180 somthing smackers. A year later the 4 came down in price and it had 6 megs of ram all together. It came with windows 3.0 and I upgraded it to 3.1 at the time. Windows was like 14 floppy disks, before comppact disks or cd's. Dos 6.2 had a double space feature that doubled the hard drive to 160 megs. There also was a program called magnaram that I used to make a swap file in order to expand the ram. It ran MS publisher and we had a news letter. With the dot matrix printer, it took about 45 minutes to print our Survival Revival news letter in near letter quality. The nlq button caused the printer to take 3 passes for each line but the fonts were nice.

The IBM System III was a mini computer that ran RPG Report Program Generator programming language. The console was an IBM selectric typewriter. The box was about the size of a 2 drawer file cabinet. This was before computers had monitors. RPG was a language where you had perameter cards that defined the input and output and then calc cards to calculate. It took data over the land line that recorded on 5 1/4" floppy. The System III was the predecesor of the IBM System 36 which became the AS400.