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May 19, 2014 - 11:00 am

WORDSTAR 4.0

Old school:

The next time someone makes fun of you for never updating Microsoft Word or for still typing on an old iMac, consider yourself on the cutting edge compared to George R.R. Martin.

The “Game of Thrones” author confessed to late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien that he prefers to write his popular books on a DOS word processor instead of the latest laptop.

“I actually have two computers,” Martin told Conan. “I have a computer I browse the Internet with and I get my email on, and I do my taxes on. And then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine, not connected to the Internet. I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processing system.”

Respect.

The last word processor I really loved was Word 95, which IIRC was just a 32-but recompile of the previous version to run on Windows 95. It was fast, stable, not wired into the internet in any way, and it didn’t try to do anything “for” me except to format my text the way I told it to.

But WordStar? Niiiiiiiiiiiice.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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The last word processor I really loved was Word 95, which IIRC was just a 32-but recompile of the previous version to run on Windows 95.

Typo alert: I think that "32-but" should be "32-bit"....
26 weeks ago
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Wait, what? He only has TWO computers?
26 weeks ago
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WordStar 4.0 was a great piece of software, but I rank it second to WordPerfect 6 for DOS and Windows, who tie for the best.

I still use the Windows version to process certain text files of data at work.
26 weeks ago
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What? He doesn't use vi?

Wimp.

26 weeks ago
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He did, but it got killed off at his last dinner party...
22 weeks ago
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nroff?
26 weeks ago
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On what does he print? The word processor itself is fine if he's not worried about fancy formatting, but how does he get his manuscript to his editor?
26 weeks ago
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It's paid for, it gets the job done and he knows how to use it.
26 weeks ago
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I used WordStar on my 64K Kaypro II. Wrote my thesis with it when I found that Perfect Writer (which uses a formatter and is not WYSIWYG) left me guessing everytime how the text would come out. Printed it out on my daisy-wheel printer. :)
26 weeks ago
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Wow. Talk about a blast from the past.
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