Thanks, emorrp1, I followed that rabbit hole of a link and now I'm reliving the nightmares of the DOS era.
Qemm, 386Max, Memmaker, etc.
Stacker hard drive compression..
Device=c:\dos\himem.sys /loadhigh (something like that)
Dos Protected mode extenders
EMS and Extended memory
But what all made it worth it was ANSI escape codes in your prompt definition so your prompt was in pretty colors
Ah the things I did out of boredom.
Lol.. and before the Net was mainstream I even briefly ran a BBS using WWIV on top of deskview (I think that was the name) which was a decent attempt at multi-tasking in DOS.
lol I remember watching my first guest logon to the board. A guy with the screen name superman - he was running at 300 baud
I remember salivating over the idea of having 16 meg of memory or having an Amiga which was supposed to have far better multitasking for that day and age. Of course somewhere in there I did try loading a linux distro but I think I gave up when I really couldn't find any help and I didn't really have the memory to run X anyway.
Of course I remember upgrading to 768k of memory from the 512k that came pre installed in my Tandy 1000 Ex. What's a hard drive? Please insert disk 10.
CGA/EGA graphics ftw - moving from 4 colors to 16 colors was exciting
and VGA? 256 colors?!
God I feel like an old man..
wait.. I *am* an old man.