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Flashback Friday: Introducing Windows 95

by Sean P. Aune | September 16, 2011September 16, 2011 11:30 pm PDT

Flashback FridayWhile everyone has been buzzing about Windows 8 this week, some of us (namely me) took it to task that it might just be too much, too soon.

Due to the pretty significant changes in the interface that will first greet you (yes, you can switch to a more familiar look), it reminded me of when the move was made Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 back in … well, yeah, 1995.  I remember cruising around my local Walmart and seeing a VHS being sold of Jennifer Aniston and Matther Perry – at the time, huge names because of being on Friends – explaining all of the changes in the new version of the operating system.  Seeing as the video cost a whopping $5, I picked one up to get my first good look at what I could expect when I upgraded my smoking fast 486 66 MHz desktop tower.

While I did get some insight in to how things were going to change, you can also witness the pain of what you had to suffer through to get there.  I’m not sure what monkey sat at a typewriter pounding out this drivel that passed for a “script,” but it was just painful.  I wonder if Aniston or Perry list this thing on their professional resumes at this point.

I’ve been listening to this in the background as I write this and … it’s just such an insane level of pain.  I’ve included all four parts for your … er … enjoyment.  However, I request that before you get through these you alert your family to what you are about to embark on and make sure that someone has your emergency contact information should you slip into a coma.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...