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I am running a la mode's Athena, as well as a few old DOS programs on Windows 98 2nd ed.

Thinking of changing to Windows XP. How 'bout it Athena users...any trouble using XP?

September PC Mag has an article on how DOS programs can be made to run on XP, but what about a la mode's Athena?

A reply will be appreciated.

Thomas N. Morgan
Ocala, FL
 

David S. Roberson

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I've been running Athena on XP for about 8 months now. No problems.
 
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Bemis Pownall

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Works with Olympus most of the time.
You learn its limits and try not to go there as well as saving and rebooting often.

That is All
 

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Runs smoothly. I never see the blue screen. Never crashes. I do get an occasional error message and I re-boot out of habit to clear memory. Othewise, it is the greatest operating system yet.
 

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Works with Olympus most of the time.
You learn its limits and try not to go there as well as saving and rebooting often.

That is All

Bemis, I really don't understand something here. Every time I see a post from you about Olympus, I want to just groan. It's been dead for 18 months now, and is way out of date. We spent a year fixing the bugs in Olympus by delivering Athena. Why not use Athena? It's orders of magnitude more stable, has more features, and runs great on XP. It's our job to constantly improve the software. When we do so, why not take advantage of it?
 

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I can think of one reason.......if someone still does work for AMC's that require Lighthouse. Less expensive and less steps to get it to the end user. (don't have to go through Mercury, like with Athena)

BTW - any new word on Pocket Genie?
 

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I can think of one reason.......if someone still does work for AMC's that require Lighthouse. Less expensive and less steps to get it to the end user. (don't have to go through Mercury, like with Athena)

BTW - any new word on Pocket Genie?

Actually, it's MUCH harder with Olympus, in several ways. Just bear with me a second.

First, there are bugs in Lighthouse which cause some Olympus forms to be dropped (some photo pages, and some data forms), which then have to be retyped completely. With Athena and Mercury, we actually have it write an incorrect Olympus-format file for Lighthouse so that Lighthouse's buggy code would read a file the way it expected. The way it expected was wrong, but now it works. Those pages don't have to be redone. Crazy, I know, but we couldn't count on ACI to ever fix their end.

Second, it launches Lighthouse automatically and has the file already in the Lighthouse directory. That saves more steps.

Third, with Athena and Mercury, the vast majority of Mercury Network clients don't want Lighthouse files any more anyway. If you do work for them, it sends directly from Athena through Mercury and never makes you retype any part of the report, unlike Lighthouse.

But, and this is the big issue, even if you thought those were trivial advantages, there's no way that the time spent rebooting Olympus (a 16 bit forms engine) on a 32 bit operating system is worth it. Athena is easily 10 times more stable than Olympus.

As for the Pocket Genie, your timing is impeccable. I'm looking at a message from our Pocket programmer from 4:54 pm today which indicates the final release is out for internal testing by our QA guys. That means it should be in beta testers' hands within days, and assuming they give it the OK, it could be on the street within a week or so.

Hope this all helps.

Dave
 
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Bemis Pownall

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REBOOT 95 SECONDS
HAVE TO DO IT EVERY NOW AND THEN EVEN WHEN USING ONLY WORD.
JUST PART OF THE JOB I GUESS
P4 2.0MHZ 2/40 GIG WHATEVERS 256 RAM 8O 8O
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Never crashes.
My XP does crash, rather locks completely up. Not often, avg. 1 time per 2 days (which beats 6-12 times with old 95). Will not respond to ctrl+del+alt. I have to reset when it crashes. Generally only after loading something large then reloading a program I have already been in. Most common in Paperport and Street Atlas.
 

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We have computers running '98, ME, and XP. Now, we run ACI but my XP NEVER bluescreens with normal programs. I have 1 program that will reset the computer, but it is a DOS MLS program with a Wndows Interface. They have admitted that there is a key combination that sends a reset command to the computer. Of course, they haven't fixed it. Otherwise, I have no problems. The others have almost daily bluescreens and lost files. We're looking at upgrading all the systems to XP.

Roger
 
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