I was excavating in the garage in search of a device I am planning to present here in a few weeks. During this time travel, I found my very first mouse! It was made by Microsoft and it cost me an arm. I have two data points to back this strong assertion. First: I religiously kept the mouse – including the Paint Brush 1.0 floppies shipped with the beast (alas not the box). Second: I also kept my receipt from FNAC. I bought the mouse in 1989 when I was living in France. I used a calculator from INSEE (French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) to evaluate how much I paid in today’s currency, accounting for the erosion in purchasing power. And the cost of my arm was, tada!, 410 euros (a whopping $460 today). For a mouse!!! (http://www.insee.fr/fr/service/reviser/calcul-pouvoir-achat.asp). But I do not regret it since I used this mouse with Windows 2.11 to make press illustrations using Corel DRAW! 1.10. It really was the state of the Art with its Bézier curves. And it was on a simple PC! In the same vein, I also added few pics of my first sound card – also from Microsoft –, It was in the early ’90s when the multimedia experience was to watch a mesmerizing video clip large as a stamp, but with PCM sound. Enjoy your WE!
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Do you still have the Book too the windows sound system? Also I used to have one now it’s currently missing. Trying to get original back up and runing for a project of mine any info would be great. Thank you for the all of those nice pictures and hope.
Hi Jarred. Thank you for your message and kind comment. Are you looking for the documentation of the WSS or something else (SW)? If you are looking for drivers, I found this link on the web for the v2: https://vetusware.com/download/Windows%20Sound%20System%20Version%202.0%202.0/?id=9185. And for v1 the excellent: https://winworldpc.com/product/microsoft-windows-sound-system/10.
I also found a reference to this CD from the DDK (here: https://archive.org/details/MSDN_Library_Archive_1998) from this topic: https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/questions/16497/is-there-any-documentation-for-programming-microsoft-windows-sound-system-sound.
Now if you are looking for the user guide(s) – likely, as a quick search didn’t give any result -, I must have them. But, those boxes are in a storage facility today. So the short answer, and I suppose a good one, is yes. The bad news is that it is out of my reach for now. Because of Covid, I do not plan to go to the storage soon, so I cannot scan it now. If you can wait, as soon as I get out, I can help you out.
In the meantime, stay safe, and have a nice Sunday!