Here’s the story behind Wordstar and a later clone called NewWord. Classic tales from the history of desktop computing.

The history of Wordstar, click here

The history of NewWord click here



  1. Gig says:

    Great series. You are really pumping them out John.

  2. sdf says:

    This is a great series. It deserves a proper venue like old-computersdotcom or (gasp) a book.

  3. Brenda Helverson says:

    My first computer experience was with a Kaypro II with Wordstar. I learned how to hack Wordstar and could really make it sing! I still have a library of .. commands buried in my brain somewhere.

  4. I’m putting these pieces together for a book…to support the blog

  5. Awake says:

    Oh yeah, I really miss the ‘dot codes’ of the original Wordstar. NOT!

  6. Rich says:

    Can’t somebody say, “Who cares?” Well, I just did.

    This nostalgia kick of yours, John, is taking up too much space on your blog. The bog is in danger of becoming irrelevant.

  7. Rich says:

    That’s it. The blog is in danger of becoming a bog.

  8. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Rich, this is far from being one of the most irrelevant topics on this blog…

  9. sdf says:

    “Rich’s Lame Blog” is just a few easy clicks away at blogger-dot-com…

  10. Fabrizio Marana says:

    I read this blog for the “infotainment” value and “Whatever happend to…” is informational and entertaining.

    Keep’em coming, John!

    I remember back in the time when I was a wee lad and the animals still spoke that I used WordStar on my home-built CP/M machine! (64K of RAM, Z-80 overclocked to 6MHz, Dual floppy drive: 360K 5″ and 1.2MB 8″) It was much faster then an IBM PC!

    🙂

  11. ECA says:

    ANd NO FANS…


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