July 7, 1998 - Windows 98 readme
NOTE: This is not the actual Windows 98 readme. Windows 98 is copyright 1998 Microshaft (er, Microsoft) co.
README file for Windows 98©.
Congratulations on your purchase of Windows 98©, the latest version of the world’s #1 computer operating system from Microsoft. Before using your new software, please take the time to read these instructions carefully. Failure to do so may further limit the terms of the limited warranty.
Windows 98© represents a significant technological improvement over Microsoft’s previous operating system, Windows 95©. You’ll notice immediately that “98” is a larger number than “95,” a better than 3 percent increase. But that’s not all. Windows 98© contains many features not found in Windows 95©, or in any competing computer operating system, if there were any. Among the improvements: faster storing and retrieving of files (not in all models), enhanced “Caps Lock” and backspace functionality, smoother handling, less knocking and pinging, an easy-to-follow 720-page User’s Guide, and rugged weather-resistant shrink wrap around the box. Most important, Windows 98© offers superior compatibility with all existing Microsoft products. We’re betting that you’ll never use another company’s software again.
Windows 98© comes factory-loaded with the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular Internet browser. And despite what you may have heard from the U.S. Department of Justice, Windows 98© offers you the freedom to select the Internet browser of your choice, whether it’s the one produced by the world’s largest and most trusted software producer, or by a smaller company that will either go out of business or become part of the Microsoft family. Configuring Windows 98© to use a browser other than Microsoft Explorer is easy. Simply open the “Options” folder, click on the “time bomb” icon, and select “Load Inferior Browser.” A dialog box will ask “Are you sure?” Click “yes.” This question may be asked several more times in different ways; just keep clicking “yes.” Eventually, the time-bomb icon will enlarge to fill the entire screen, signifying that the browser is being loaded. You’ll know the browser is fully loaded when the fuse on the time bomb “runs out” and the screen “explodes.” If at any time after installation you become disappointed with the slow speed and frequent data loss associated with other browsers, simply tap the space bar on your keyboard. Microsoft Internet Explorer will automatically be permanently re-installed.
Windows 98© also corrects, for the first time anywhere, the “Year 2000” computer problem. As you may know, most computers store the current year as a two-digit number and, as a result, many will mistake the year 2000 for 1900. Windows 98© solves the problem by storing the year as a four-digit number and, in theory, you won’t have to upgrade this part of the operating system until the year 10000. However, the extra memory required to record the year in four digits has prompted a few minor changes in the software’s internal calendar. Henceforth, Saturday and Sunday will be stored as single day, known as “Satsun,” and the month of June will be replaced by two 15-day months called “Bill” and “Melissa.”
Please also take the time to complete the on-line registration form. It only takes a few minutes and will help us identify the key software problems our customers want addressed. Be assured that none of the information you provide, whether it’s your Social Security number, bank records, fingerprints, retina scan or sexual history, will be shared with any outside company not already designated as a Microsoft DataShare partner.
We’ve done our best to make using Windows 98© as trouble-free as possible. We want to hear from you if you’re having any problems at all with your software. Simply call our toll-free Helpline and follow the recorded instructions carefully (the Helpline is open every day but Satsun, and is closed for the entire month of Bill.) If we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume your software is working perfectly, and an electronic message to that effect will be forwarded to the Justice Department. We’ll also send, in your name, a letter to the editor of your hometown newspaper, reminding him or her that American consumers want software designed by companies that are free to innovate, not by government bureaucrats.
Again, thanks for choosing Windows 98©.