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Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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In 2040 an email dropped through my email inbox (I was still using email even though it had long been banned for not being CO2 neutral), and this was my last day of using my faithful old core2duo that had stood me in good stead for 30 years - when I noticed one last email. The date on this email was rather strange and it appeared as being from 1940... some anomaly I though to myself and in fact that is exactly what it turned out to be.

This email was in reality from 1940 and it was of course caused by the recent problems with the Large Hadron Collider opening up the wormhole we are all now very familiar with in 2040. Some anarchist type had thrown a working copy of the ReactOS Operating System (as we all know ReactOs is the standard o/s for all government institutions now that Microsoft has gone to the wall following the revolution) and that anachronistic CD had gone through 'The Rift' to disappear into a potential other dimension. It turns out that all the crap that the techies at CERN had been chucking through, just for the fun of watching it disappear, had gone not to another dimension but had in fact, gone back in time to 1940. This CD followed it through.

This was a problem as CERN was situated in an area that was under de-facto control of the Nazis in 1940 and all that useful kit went straight into the hands of Nazi scientists. We have to assume that they cobbled together the various bits of kit to create some sort of working but primitive digital computer using ReactOS as the o/s but with some extreme customisation.

This email described that o/s in some technical detail. It contained a full manual including screenshots for the o/s known officially as "Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE".

I'll be dropping some screenshots of that o/s as I extract them from that document. Please be aware that this information is highly secret and should not be published on the internet, neither internet version 1 nor internet version 2.
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Re: Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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Der volume control in in meine neue Betriebssystem
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und

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und diese photo ist meine desktop in meinem Betriebssystem, Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

Meine Befehle o/s (MBOS) needs to be usable in the PzKw V Tiger tank so the interface is rather specific.
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We followed user requirements EXACTLY.

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O_o

/me silently goes away calling the number of Arkham Asylum.

Panzerkampfwagen V was not the Tiger, it was the Panther!
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Sorry, that was a mistake when using the OCR scanning software from the original German document. There were inevitable mistakes as the original text was in gothic script and of course in German. It was also just an image of the actual document's pages taken with a micro-camera. So, what with the small size, the translation and the scanning there are bound to be the occasional mistake. I may need your skills as a native German speaker to help me translate the originals...

Just to be clear, the software was designed for the Tiger PzKpfw VI but retro-fitted to the PzKpfw IV Ausf F/G as pictured above. It is not recorded whether the Panther PzKpfw V did receive the software but we assume it may have done despite coming into service later than the Tiger.
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The o/s we will refer to as MBOS (meine befehle o/s as it was known colloquially) had a few applications loaded by default, one was the tank identification system used by the crew to determine the weakness of enemy tanks and the advantages of superior German machinery.

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The source code of the application was actually listed at the end of the document so we aim to recreate it once we have OCR'd the text and managed to find an environment that can /compile the application.
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Re: Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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Note: A copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica that fell through the same wormhole from 2025 defined the Microsoft Operating Systems Division as "A bunch of useless loonies who were first against the wall when the revolution came"
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Re: Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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Some of the icons extracted from MBOS give a flavour of the what the operating system was like to use on a daily basis...

As more of the icons are recovered I will post them here.
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You know that I expect you to make a whole OS off it? I mean... It's cyber-/steampunk man ^^
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Of course, you mean RE-create. I will do my best based upon the resources I manage to resurrect.

This is the equivalent of the MBOS desktop ticker feed somewhat similar to our Twitter, 40 word strings from the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, rather than Tweets they were called Befehles...

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It would seem that the MBOS system was also adapted to work in the KriegsMarine within the Submarine (unterseeboot) fleet.

The attached image shows the stopwatch timer used to determine the time of travel until impact for the sub's torpedoes.
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Re: Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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Deutschen Fenstern für Befehle
-uses Ubuntu+GNOME 3 GNU/Linux
-likes Free (as in freedom) and Open Source Detergents
-favors open source of Windows 10 under GPL2

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Re: Deutsche Fenster für BEFEHLE

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Ja, of course. Unfortunately I am the only person translating the old German documents into English due to the Corona virus.
I am hoping you are volunteering your services to assist?
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Re: Deutschen Fenstern für BEFEHLE

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No. Without N is correct.

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