Need user name, not computer name

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Wed Dec 24 05:37:28 EST 2003

On  wrote: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 08:49:50 -0800, Scott Rossi 
<scott at>
>  > $USERNAME is not listed in the globalNames in Win95 (I knew I kept that
>>  systme running for a reason <g>).
>As of January 16th, you may have little need for doing so, given that
>Windows 98 has pretty much had its plug pulled:

Ah, if only it were that simple! In UK schools for example, the only 
version of Windows you really **don't** have to cater for is 3.1 - 
there are Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems out there, for sure. The 
only thing one can do is to tempt them by offering better 
functionality for post-W98-only systems, but then the takeup goes 
down, according to my publisher. It has even been a struggle to give 
up offering stuff that will work on a 640 x 480 (VGA) screen. And the 
Mac world isn't that much better - there are plenty of MacOS8.6 
systems out there, let alone MacOS9.x. This is partly due to budgets, 
and partly due to a quite sensible "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" 
philosophy on the part of users who are usually fairly non-technical 
and often don't have much access to technical support either.

Just 2 more Eurocents

          Graham Samuel / The Living Fossil Co. / UK & France

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