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Memories of Xtree

Posted By: Russ Koski <>
Date: Saturday, 22 August 1998, at 8:33 p.m.

My first computer was a Headstart XT. 640k ram, 360k 5.25 drive, 20mb harddrive and a CGA monitor. I paid about $1000 for it. The XT took about five minutes to boot and the harddrive always sounded like a washing machine that was out of balance. I knew nothing about computers when I got it. Trial and (mostly) error was the way I learned. Dos 3.3 was the OS of the day. This XT did have XTree included in the software. Because ram was so important to being able to run any programs at all I used XTree as a menu program. I got to the point where I felt so comfortable with XTree. XTree taught me how the harddisk was laid out and this shortened the learning curve substantially. I went through several updates of XTree as I upgraded machines, ended with XTree Gold V 2.5.
A few years ago I went through a box of old 5.25 floppies. I was unable to throw out the the 5 floppies that contained my beloved XTree Gold even though I can't use them any more.
I have used a ton of different software programs since I first sat down in front of the old XT but I have never, and never expect to be treated as well by a software program as I was by XTree. XTree's ease of use and power is still the standard that I hold ALL other software programs to (not just file mgrs). XTree is still the greatest piece ever written and I expect it will be for some time to come. Thanks for this web site that has brought back some great computing memories for me.

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