This is my last copy of DOS Resource Guide, the March 1993 issue. It has been 24 years, and the pages have yellowed with age. I’ve kept this magazine for nearly two thirds of my life.
Right now, we’re at an age where we’re not exactly young, and not exactly old, yet we often lament “getting old”. The magazine sort of puts things in perspective: there’s still a long way to go, and if you’re “lucky” you’ll get two more 24-years (damn, two more?!). Admittedly, everything seems old because after you’ve lived long enough, it all feels like the same old shit, just dressed differently. Maybe that’s all life is, and maybe that’s why older people yearn for the good old days, and maybe that’s why the fountain of youth is a legend.
As long as I’m alive, I’ll just keep on, keepin’ on, and as always, I hope you’ve enjoyed these museum posts.
DOS Resource Guide Number 8, March 1993 (PDF, 98.6 MB)
Here’s the final magazine scan of the night, the November 1992 issue of DOS Resource Guide. Although I’d like to go on scanning, with each extra glass of Zinfandel I am less able to focus on the artifacts appearing on each page, which is also why I chose DOS Resource Guide for tonight’s last scan: the magazine is mostly uniform in color, resulting in less artifacts, if any. Hopefully, I caught all of them in my current inebriated state.
Although I didn’t have issues 1 through 3, 4 and 5 didn’t have dates so I can reasonably surmise that this is the first issue of DOS Resource Guide that features a date. It’s also the first issue I’ve scanned that contains bound subscription cards – 6 issues for $23.70. Kind of pricey, which probably explains why, despite how much I enjoyed this magazine, I never subscribed to it (I was just a 13 year-old with no income, after all).
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed tonight’s museum posts.
DOS Resource Guide Number 6, November 1992 (PDF, 99.4 MB)
Another day, another magazine. Tonight’s first magazine scan is DOS Resource Guide, Number 5 (1992). I pretty much summarized my feelings on DRG in the previous post, so I won’t repeat myself here (well, other than saying again that this is a great magazine). Enjoy!
DOS Resource Guide, Number 5 (PDF, 93.9 MB)
This last museum post of the day is a copy of DOS Resource Guide, Number 4, from 1992.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Apple had a strong hold on the educational sector here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our schools ran Apple IIs, so when the time came for our family to purchase our first computer, I wanted an Apple IIe badly. Of course, my family decided to go with an IBM PC with MS-DOS installed, and I ended up having to learn a whole new system. In retrospect, it was one of the better things to happen to me in my life, as it set me on a path to becoming an IT guy. DOS Resource Guide was an indispensable tool in that endeavor.
This was my first issue, and I probably read it cover to cover, multiple times. It’s where I cut my command-line chops, with many of the skills learned then still in use today. I loved this magazine so much I even signed my name on the first page.
Sadly, it probably has been over two decades since I last looked at it. Like all my other magazines, it was sitting in my closet, and later on my bookshelf. Now that I’ve discovered digitized versions of my old magazines, I’ve noticed that I actually read them a lot more. I look forward to revisiting DOS Resource Guide in the coming days.
As always, hope you’ve enjoyed this museum post.
DOS Resource Guide, Number 4 (PDF, 92.4 MB)