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‘Game of Thrones’ Author Writes on Ancient DOS Computer
Author George R.R. Martin, who writes the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books on which HBO’s wildly-popular Game of Thrones is based, recently revealed on Conan O’Brien‘s talk show that he still writes on an ancient DOS computer. When O’Brien asked him why he’s not worried about computer viruses destroying his work, Martin said, “I have a secret weapon. I actually have two computers. A computer that I browse the Internet with, get my email on, and do my taxes on. Then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine not connected to the Internet. I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor.” WordStar 4.0 was released in 1987 on DOS computers that were used in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the pre-Windows era. Martin explained why he uses such old technology: “It does what I want a word processing program to do, and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help, you know, I hate these modern systems where you type a lowercase letter and it becomes a capital — I don’t want a capital! If I wanted a capital I’d have typed a capital.” Martin is currently working on the sixth book in the series.
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