from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Computer Science An operating system that resides on a disk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- Disk Operating System
- Date(s) of service
- Date of separation
- Department of State
- Density of states
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In civil law: Property brought to a husband by his wife, upon marriage. See dotal *property.
- n. A common-law dower. See dower, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an operating system that is on a disk
- n. the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
We all know the term DOS, short for disk operating system.
I think of how many programs I had to run in DOS when XP came out because of the manner that command lines were run in XP.
Unfortunately, upon trying to go full-screen in DOS, I promptly got an error message, saying the video driver failed to initialize.
If you wanted to create a new text file in DOS you could type ‘copy con newfile. txt’ meaning copy from the console to newfile. txt.
As far as 640K goes, reputedly that was Bill Gates when people were champing at the bit with limitations in DOS in terms of addressing memory (and for the first poster, the 512K addressing he was talking about was a BIOS issue in the IBM PC, not a DOS issue … … I was working under DOS in 1983 or thereabouts in college and it could address the full 640k), once other operating environments were supporting much more.
And the effect only operates in DOS, so it doesn’t linger to irritate my husband once he has loaded Word Perfect.
Many small businesses still run custom applications written in DOS or 8 bit graphics and are yet to move on as they see the task of rebuilding their infrastructure as something so daunting it’s better to not even bother.
BTW: I’m 22 years old, I know better and DOS is the suxOr compared to any UNIX shell I know.
“BTW: I’m 22 years old, I know better and DOS is the suxOr compared to any UNIX shell I know.”
What’s even amusing about it is that it doesn’t do it when Windows isn’t loaded, as when it’s in DOS and doesn’t do it when I push the down key on my notebook.