April 6 Gone GUI

Last Update: Apr 6, 2021

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On this day in history in 1992, DOS was no longer the name of the game. We do remember the days of needing the disk to boot our PC.

But we would agree having the operating system preloaded is easier (that is if it doesn’t get hacked).

Microsoft Releases Windows 3.1 on April 5, 1992

Those of us who use the Windows operating system, can be glad for this version because the command line prompt interface became secondary. I always needed a cheat sheet for the commands so the new viesion was a delight for me! The new release was a graphical (visual) user interface which made things so much easier. The retail price was $149.00.

Was The Price Worth It?

Users would say “yes” because Windows 3.1 added multimedia extensions allowing support for sound cards, MIDI, and CD Audio, Super VGA (800 x 600) monitors, and increased the modem speed it could support to 9600 bps. It also provided scalable fonts, trapped the "three finger salute" (CTRL-ALT-DEL), to avoid inadvertent user re-boots and refined its OLE (Object Linking and embedding) concept, allowing users to cut and paste between applications.

For me the additional features were worth the cost. What did you think?

Even Though Users Were Happy, Microsoft Ended Up Being Sued

Apple sued Microsoft for copyright infringement. Apple was sure that Microsoft’s Windows operating system was too similar to the Macintosh operating system.

So Was This A Copyright Infringement?

Long story short, the Microsoft systems people argued there aren’t a lot of options for doing an operating system. The law suit was eventually dropped.

Who Else Has Gone GUI?

If you have been using WordPress for a long time you will certainly notice how GUI it has become. Page Builder plugins are all about drag and drop. The WP Gutenberg editor is not a powerful page builder like Divi, Elementor or Themify Builder but who knows how much more GUI it will become. After all GUI is the future.

Have any of you used Divi, Elementor or Themify Page Builder Plugins? What do you think? I have not tried them yet.

Recent Comments


Very interesting. Thank you for sharing this information.

Excellent post, George! I remember when 3.1 came out!


Seems like ages ago though.

It certainly does, George!

I have started building a website in Elementor and love it.

Great to hear. Elementor is a lot of design by drag and drop right? It certainly saves time.

Yes, you decide where you want a title, image, content paragraph, how many columns you want, what colors you want to use, links you want to put in, size of the font, etc.

It is so versatile and makes creating a page a lot of fun. It changes the look of your article and in my opinion, makes it much more interesting to read.

The sky is the limit, you just have to learn what Elementor can do and where you can do it. And this is all done with the free version so far for me.

Thank you so very much for letting me know the versatility of the free version of Elementor. I currently use the Astra Free version theme and I know it is compatible with Elementor,

Yes I would agree making changes within a page makes it so much more interesting and actually easier to read.

Your response is most helpful.

Thanks again.

You are very welcome. I'm glad I could help. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

I've used Elementor, but very little. Can't really give a thorough recommendation.

Thanks for your comment.

I used dos for years. The boot up disk seemed to be a miracle.

Yes, it certainly was. It's hard to fathom all the progress we have seen in our lifetime.

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