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“The inspiration for the graphical design is Courier New meets film noir.” Meet MS-DOS Mobile.
posted by a lungful of dragon (23 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
It's a testament to the lasting legacy of DOS that I saw a screenshot with HIMEM in it and had a mild stress attack.
posted by selfnoise at 11:31 AM on April 1, 2015 [13 favorites]


THEY MOVED THE START BUTTON. AGAIN.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:47 AM on April 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


April 2.0 can't get here soon enough.
posted by notyou at 11:55 AM on April 1, 2015 [9 favorites]


I don't think this is a joke ...
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:56 AM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Finally! Maybe now I can set my IRQs by hand again.
posted by sidereal at 11:56 AM on April 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


Time for the Control Program/Mobiles...
posted by Devonian at 12:07 PM on April 1, 2015


I kind of like April 1st, in that I enjoy the creativity it sometimes brings out in people and (occasionally) companies. It's fun to have a day when you know Think Geek is going to post some funny products or maybe Metafilter will change colors or I'll go home and take a whiz only to find the toilet covered with Saran Wrap or whatever. I get annoyed when people are all "I HATE APRIL FOOLS IT'S SO STUPID GRAH GRAH GRAH." Jesus, lighten up.

The problem is, for every semi-creative endeavor or actual prank that works, there are 100 really dumb things that aren't at all creative and fool no one.

Like, you know, this.
posted by bondcliff at 12:07 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Here's the download page
posted by Lanark at 12:19 PM on April 1, 2015


I'm not a L337 cyber-hacker or anything, but I actually think this would be pretty cool.
posted by Ratio at 12:27 PM on April 1, 2015


Microsoft's 'best' April Fools efforts:
Skype opts out
Clippy source code released on GitHub
posted by prinado at 12:32 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Worth it for the pictures in the comments at the bottom of the link.
posted by kisch mokusch at 1:18 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Is an 8-bit Soundblaster enough for the phone to work? Or does it only work with a 16-bit Pro/SB16?

Maybe now I can set my IRQs by hand again.

I would assume that it's still I/O port 220 and IRQ 7. DMA channel 1, as well.
posted by bonehead at 1:44 PM on April 1, 2015


Good effort, but still not enough to make me buy a Microsoft phone.
posted by ckape at 1:44 PM on April 1, 2015


it's still I/O port 220 and IRQ 7.

Confirmed. Still not sure what generation of card though.
posted by bonehead at 1:50 PM on April 1, 2015


Just installed this on my Windows Phone. What a riot!

Was able to start the editor with "edit autoexec.bat", but was then stumped trying to figure out how to send a control sequence using the on-screen keyboard.
posted by gox3r at 1:52 PM on April 1, 2015


If only! I use the terminal on my android phone all the time. I've got a debian installed on there and everything. I use python or R as my scientific calculator on the phone. When I couldn't find an open-source spreadsheet app for android, I used the old 'sc' program. Having access to decades of applications is nothing to sneeze at.

Come to think of it, you can actually get dosbox running on an android phone. You've been able to do that for years.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 2:07 PM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


I've skimmed through a couple things on this and i'm still not clear.

Is it just a joke interface, or is this actually something like DOSBOX? because it would be fucking awesome if you could use this to emulate old DOS games.

Also, it should let you take CGA low res photos.
posted by emptythought at 4:21 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Will it run Lynx?
posted by clorox at 4:47 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'd buy one...
posted by Sintram at 7:51 PM on April 1, 2015


On Android, DosBox runs well enough to play Fallout 1 and 2 on recent phones.
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:56 AM on April 2, 2015


or is this actually something like DOSBOX?

It may well be DOSBox, from the description, or something quite close to that. It's running a real emulator apparently. It may even be running real DOS on top of it.

In the comments of the link, someone apparently has Castle Wolfenstein running on it.
posted by bonehead at 12:31 PM on April 2, 2015


In the comments of the link, someone apparently has Castle Wolfenstein running on it.

Hmm, I think they're having you on. I have it running on my Lumia 521, and it really just seems like a joke interface to me. eg, "edit" is extremely bare bones (not even the standard EDIT that we all remember), and the "save" option uses Windows phone UI elements. (Also, at one point the rock paper scissors game claims to require 641K of conventional RAM to run, causing Cortana to remark that "that's odd, 640K should be enough for everyone".)

It's a funny gag, not a fully blown emulator.
posted by jcreigh at 1:18 PM on April 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, it should let you take CGA low res photos.--emptythought

They let you take CGA and even ASCII image photos.
posted by eye of newt at 8:54 PM on April 2, 2015


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