mike wrote

I think I spent too much time wrestling with DOS professionally to get nostalgic about it now.

I do fondly remember my single boot floppy setup that contained a very lean startup environment that included drivers for 2 or 3 network cards and enough TCP/IP to get onto my home network and map a drive to my server though.


mike OP wrote

I think as a kid I had an over-inflated trust in some people. I remember asking a guy who worked at a computer shop where I bought games about how to start with machine code, which I'd seen a reference to in one of my books.

Looking back, I don't think he knew anything much and he confused me further. But in my mind he knew everything because HE HAD A SHOP!

I think that just led to a few more years of not pushing at the topic, until I was about 15 or so and actually met and spent time with someone who actually knew some stuff and who introduced me to the right tools for the job.