The Dune Screenplay was written in MS-DOS

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  • trumad
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    #5228

    Link to article

    Long time lurker, first time poster. I’m also on the upcoming Carmageddon episode. Feels weird to actually post on a forum for the first time in about 10 years.

    I read this article and found it fascinating. I saw Dune a couple of days ago, and it’s so strange to think that the words those characters say, while they’re roaming around this spectacular CG world, were written on such ancient hardware and software.

    yozy
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    #5229

    When I first saw the headline I was thinking “duh, of course it was”.

    But then I read it and realized that they are talking about the movie from 2020!

    Tijn
    Tijn
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    #5230

    Hey thanks for the thread, this is interesting stuff!

    Like yozy I figured this was about the original Dune film 😮

    Psy
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    #5231

    Really interesting, and makes sense if you think about it, the monospaced editors for DOS are really easy to use, you don’t need to bother with font sizes, tabs, etc, and they are usually very clear and easy to read. Ideal if you want to focus just on writing without distractions.

    TigerQuoll
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    #5232

    Nice find, trumad!

    I was going to add that George R R Martin uses WordStar… but the article beat me to it!

    Psy,I have to agree with you that it’s relaxing. I use my various pieces of ancient hardware from time to time to do a bit of casual writing and I generally prefer it to my modern system. I would also add that there’s no facebook or other modern things tempting me. I like that old systems generally just do one thing at a time and you can dedicate the whole of your focus on that.

    The only downside to my particularly purist way is that old systems are prone to dying. And if I don’t want to lose my work, it can be a major hassle to backup onto newer hardware.

    firefyte
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    #5233

    Dang, that’s really neat!

    Also, we had WordStar on our CP/M, parents used it for translation work.

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