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Stan James
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Maybe you saw that post over in diversions. Just from the title I hoped it was "If you were trapped on a desert island with only one program, what would it be?"

Afterthought ... compilers and interpreters probably ought to be off limits. No fair making your own programs.
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Wikipedia on a DVD? I guess that's a couple of programs, though (browser and server.)

The GIMP?
 
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If it's a browser, does it include a connection to the internet?
 
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iTunes. However in addition to my one program, I require about 130 MB worth of data files for optimal effect.
 
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Astro Wars or Snoopy Tennis. I can't decide which game will keep me more occupied before the fresh water runs out and my eyes are eaten by ants
 
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hmm, without an operating system there's little use for other programs.
Make it Windows, it's got something of everything built in.
 
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I take a "How To Make A Boat Out Of Items Left On A Desert Island" tutorial.
 
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A desert island? How about, "How to Find Water on a Desert Island Version 4.0"?
 
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Before departing leave word that you are taking a Casino Gaming machine and it won't be deserted for long.
 
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Take any Microsoft application and when it crashes it will send out a message and they will contact you right away! :roll:
 
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
A desert island? How about, "How to Find Water on a Desert Island Version 4.0"?


That would be the new open source "how to build a desalination plant using stuff found on a desert island 0.0.1 alpha 21 pre 32 beta 44 pre 1.5 alpha 7"?
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:


That would be the new open source "how to build a desalination plant using stuff found on a desert island 0.0.1 alpha 21 pre 32 beta 44 pre 1.5 alpha 7"?


The effectiveness of this programme would largely depend upon which operating system it was run on.

On a windows box you would click on "My Water!" and it would start pouring you a glass of nice fresh coke. Half way through the machine would stop working, and the coke would turn blue.

On a unix box you would type in "mount -d -a -h2oconv <cr> pour | glass <cr> halt -pour" and get an error message. After taking part in 15 hours of online chat conversations you would be able to type in the correct conversation, although would also have learnt a completely new system of abbreviating English in the process. The water would be great, but you'd have to make your own cup.

On a mac box you'd would spend half an hour looking for the command to get the water before clicking accidentally on a small logo in the corner, and then would receive some Swiss fizzy mineral water with ice cubes and a purple straw, but unfortunately it would come out of the wrong spout and completely miss your cup, landing on the sand.

On your mobile phone you wouldn't get any water, but it would play a nice tune.
 
Jeroen Wenting
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at least on the windows machine you'd have had a drink before dieing from dehydration then

Of course the program would be truly platform independent, being written in Java with a Python wrapper and a Perl based launcher application.
Now if only you'd been allowed to bring the Java, Python and Perl runtimes for your chosen OS which were not allowed because they're programs...
 
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