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DOS Emulator In and Out of App Store 338

gent01 writes "A company called Fast Intelligence got DOSBox running on iOS and dubbed it iDOS. It's been stuck in review for the app store for some time. Evidently the iDOS app was in the app store this morning, but it has already been taken down."
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DOS Emulator In and Out of App Store

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  • Re:Well, duh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @05:51PM (#34031038)

    The reviewer probably thought it was a gimmick that just emulated the experience of DOS... Kinda like a "blue screen" screensaver or whatever.

  • Re:Well, duh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by rsmith-mac ( 639075 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @06:19PM (#34031476)
    Except that Apple allows programmable emulators [engadget.com] as of last month, when they approved the C64 emulator with BASIC support. But hey, don't let that get in the way of a righteous story.
  • Re:News? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @06:25PM (#34031574)

    True, not news. However, it's better to point out their miserable business practices as often as possible. There may still be a chance that consumers will wake up and simply stop buying their products until they change them. Unfortunately I lost faith, we'll have to wait until they make something wrong with iTunes, and anti-trust destroy them, or until they loose the current strong leadership, and fall back into oblivion.

    And no, it's not as simple as not buying it if you don't like it. They are setting precedents, they are forging new waves of passive, idiot consumers that will accept anything. Pretty much as the TV broadcasters managed to make consumers pay for the privilege to see advertisements; or pretty much as the media lobbies that managed to force you to see 10 minutes of anti-piracy warnings and trailers before actually being able to see a DVD you regularly purchased; or pretty much as Amazon with DRM on eBooks; and the list goes on, and on, and on.

    Seriously: don't you think that when Playboy publishes their magazine without nude pictures everything is wrong? Starting with Apple that tries to control the content (I take care of my family thanks), continuing with Playboy that bend themselves to the point of being ridiculous and ending with the final consumer being so stupid to pay for the absence of content.

    Apple knows better what it's good for you. Sure, especially if you are dumb and prepared to bend over.

    Again, yes no news. Apple is lame and fanboys are arounddefending guidelines

  • by Alain Williams ( 2972 ) <addw@phcomp.co.uk> on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @06:32PM (#34031650) Homepage
    If I had DOS then I could have installed an old version of cygwin [cygwin.com] and then got my favourite GNU tools working! Jobs would have had a fit it I could have done that.
  • Re:reason why: (Score:3, Interesting)

    by UnknownSoldier ( 67820 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @06:40PM (#34031762)

    I'm still ticked that Produs 8 was phased out for Prodos 16. I believe one of the Ultimas used a custom version of Produs 8.

    Sad that (Apple) Dos 3.3 had 30 character filenames in 1979, (Prodos 8 had 15 character filenames AND sub-directories in 1983), yet MS-DOS was stuck in asinine 8.3 mode for 12 years from 1983.

  • by bonch ( 38532 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @07:12PM (#34032194)

    I've always thought it was strange that draconian control was considered right-of-center. Modern-day liberalism in America, taken to its extreme, usually entails petitioning a centralized entity, such as the government, to enforce ways of living on everyone else, redistribute their income, censor their government criticism, and so on. It's like the political spectrum isn't a horizontal line but a circle where both sides meet at the bottom in the stinking pit of fascism, as if the ultimate goal of any ideology is ultimately to control how everyone else lives.

  • Re:Well, duh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by adonoman ( 624929 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @07:14PM (#34032212)
    Given the stuff that is being approved, I think this is it exactly. It's sad that it's easier to get these gimmicks approved than something that's actually useful.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @07:40PM (#34032530)

    You are you referring to the other camp as MS? I assume you know that MS has 2008 core that has no default GUI and is 100% managable and configurable from remote scripting or through local powershell scripts as is the entire line of 2008 server products. Just last week, I built a 5 node HyperV cluster using 2008 Data Center core with cluster shared volumes (new clustering feature in 2008 for use with HyperV), six physical network cards teamed in various ways using HP NIC teaming and a dual port Emulex FC HBA using EMC Powerpath for multipathing, all through the command line. I'm more comfortable with Linux server installations so the MS powershell lingo wasn't easy for me at first but it wasn't that hard to figure out either, by the 3rd node, I had the scripts down pat and the 4th and 5th node were done with only having to substitute machine specific values. With some tweaks and a little more practive, I could probably script the entire thing from booting up the from the install DVD through HP's iLo to the server being in the correct OU in the domain and added as a node to the HyperV cluster ready to run virtual machines.

  • Aw. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @07:53PM (#34032672) Homepage Journal

    I'm the author of a very compact, complete and quite speedy 6809/FLEX emulator... I'd love to port that to the iP(o|a)d. Hadn't even tried because of the "no emulated code" policy Apple inflicts on developers. If they approve this DOS thing - eventually, I understand they're still rejecting on that basis right now - I'll hit that baby hard. What a trip it would be to go from my old SS-50 system, really quite a bit of hardware ca. 1970s, to having it in my pocket. Hoo. Double hoo. In the meantime, back to my usual level of discontent...

  • by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Tuesday October 26, 2010 @09:30PM (#34033428) Journal

    No, it's because the whole left-right scale is nonsensical. It had some meaning back when it was first used, and up until late 19th, at most early 20th century. It became completely obsolete the moment the self-styled "third way" - fascists and their ilk - appeared.

    Even the two-axis social/economical liberty scale often used by libertarians doesn't quite do the difference justice. Personally, I prefer to separate social freedoms such as lack of sexual or religious discrimination, and political freedoms as in the ability to affect the policy of the state.

  • Re:Well, duh. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by RichiH ( 749257 ) on Wednesday October 27, 2010 @05:18AM (#34035464) Homepage

    > Every time I think I've decided to stick with iPhone4 for my next phone, I see a reason to buy an n900 instead.

    That will continue to be the case. Until the N9 comes out at which point your focus will change from N900 to N9. Or HTC Desire / Desire HD, if you like Android.

    I have a co-worker with a iPhone 3GS and one with an iPad. Both are annoyed at what the HTC Desire does what they can't.

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