August 19, 2019, 11:12:01 am

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Excellent work, Aurora!  Is there still much being done in the community with the unused or developmental Windows builds?
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I'm bringing this back, because I've resumed with completing character bios for this project, which I hope to see be as complete as it can get, since it now has a continuation, which was first suggested here: https://www.ostan-collections.net/forum/index.php/topic,1807.0.html

So much has changed over this decade! The Annex Project was started in 2006 and a some bios may only be applicable until then, or until earlier in the 2010's at the latest. New bios should be written for characters who have undergone a lot of changes, such as a change in faction.

There are some other bios I added or updated recently, but I may need to double-post at times to avoid going over the character limit.

New bios:

Quote from: undefinedName: Commodore 65-tan
aka: C65, C64DX
Debut: n/a
Height: 179 cm (5'10.5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Dark purple
Hair: Dark purple
Note: The C65 prototypes were unofficially released in 1994 after Commodore's bankruptcy.

Quick Facts:
-Is bold, energetic, and is very loyal to her friends, but can be aggressive and ruthless.
-The youngest of the 8-bit Commodore-tans, and never officially served in the Commodore Fleet.
-Her existence was only known to Commodore 128-tan, who assisted with her training.
-Was exiled from the Commodore Fleet in 1991, and later became a pirate, and talks like a pirate.
-Was a long-time enemy to the other Commodore-tans except for C128-tan, since the others thought she was a bootleg.
-The truth about her not being a bootleg, and her being welcomed by the rest of the Commodore-tans happened around 2010 when C128-tan explained the truth.
-Used to wear a sailor uniform as a Commodore Fleet cadet, but dresses in a blue and white pirate uniform with rainbow accents, a tan bandanna and a tan ascot.
-Wields a large cutlass.
-Suffered several near-death experiences, but became well-off from piracy and mercenary work.
-Her closest friends are Macintosh System 3.4-tan and Windows 3.2-tan, who she saw as fellow odd ones out from their families.
-Remains a wanderer because she doesn't want to leave behind the friends she made, and to not lose her livelihood.


QuoteName: Windows Neptune
aka: Neptune
Debut: n/a
Height: 173 cm (5'8")
Weight: ??kg
Eye Color: green
Hair Color: green
Note: Neptune was never officially released, but a build of it was released to developers December 27, 1999.

Quick Facts:
-A prototype Windows version, was meant to be the first NT-based Windows-tan for the consumer market.
-Resentful towards XP Home-tan for taking her intended role, which led to her abandonment.
-Usually seen with Odyssey-tan and Longhorn-tan.
-Has a stoic and serious demeanor.
-Has long green hair in pigtails, and is almost always seen wearing a red visor.
-Wears a black sleeveless qipao with blue accents, and large red bracelets. Has a red talisman around her collar, and has mechanical headpieces.
-A very tough and skilled survivalist. Wields a large trident as her weapon.

More recent drawings of Neptune-tan show her with green hair and green eyes, and a predominantly black outfit. She used to be depicted with blue hair, and a predominantly blue outfit.

QuoteName: Windows Odyssey
aka:  Odyssey
Debut: n/a
Height: 165 cm (5'5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: blue or green
Quick Facts:

-A prototype Windows version, was meant to be Windows 2000-tan's successor, but was abandoned.
-Resentful towards XP Pro-tan for taking her intended role, which led to her abandonment.
-Similar in appearance to 2000-tan, has short blue hair, but with long bangs framing her face, and wears a red headband across her forehead.
-Wants to be friends with 2000-tan.
-Has a pair of floating gold wings, and has a gold halo above her head.
-Wears a light blue dress with puffy sleeves, black and white accents, and wears a white ascot.
-Usually seen with Neptune-tan and Longhorn-tan.
-Is somewhat shy and socially awkward, but likes to express herself.

In more recent group pictures of Odyssey-tan and Neptune-tan, they've been shown with Longhorn-tan a lot, suggesting that there is still a separate Longhorn-tan, and she was not dropped out of the continuity when Windows Vista was announced.


Updated bios:



Quote from: undefinedName: DEC Rainbow 100-tan
aka: Rainbow
Debut: 1982
Height: 148 cm (4'10")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Blue
Hair: Pink

Quick Facts:
-Has three modes she can switch between: VT-100 mode, CP/M mode, and MS-DOS mode. Her VT-100 mode is more stoic and was utilized when on duty in the DEC Military.
-The lone home computer of the DEC-tans.
-Never got promoted above cadet rank in the DEC Military. She mainly served as a cadet under VMS-tan's division, but felt like her skills were being underutilized.
-Served as the ambassador of the DEC Military to the Microsoft-IBM Family, but wasn't very good at it.
-Has ambivalent attitudes towards MS-DOS-tan and PC-DOS-tan since she wanted to be like them, but still saw them as her rivals.
-Is a great multi-tasker, likes to write and draw. Is usually carefree, but can still get competitive.
-Relies on her resourcefulness and cleverness more than raw power in combat.
-Wears her old DEC uniform jacket with frilly dresses and colorful hair ribbons.
-Can manipulate light.
-Friends with Amiga, Windows 1.0, DR-DOS, TOPS-10 and TOPS-20.
-Was in the CIOST for a while, and left to be a wanderer again, but kept the friendships she made in the CIOST.


Quote from: undefinedName: Macintosh System 3.4
aka: AppleShare 2.0
Debut: Early 1988
Height: 180 cm (5'11")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Dark gray
Hair Color: Dark brown
Quick Facts:

-Is hot-blooded, boisterous and cheerful, but is stubborn and single-minded.
-Was created specifically to continue the AppleShare role started by Macintosh System 3-tan, and took pride in this role, specializing in communication, networking, and sharing information.
-Is physically weak, but has telepathy and strong telekinetic powers.
-Is Macintosh System 6-tan's twin sister. (System 3.4 used the same Finder version as System 6.0.x) They never competed over who would lead the Mac-tans while they were both current because they had different roles.
-Left the Mac House in 1992. Refused recruitment from the Vintage Federation, had clashes with some of its members who tried to recruit her, and believes that joining them would be giving up.
-Is a traveling stunt performer and carnival ringmaster who uses her success to encourage and inspire other vulnerable wanderers to persevere over the odds against them, and seeks more of them out as allies.
-Her closest friends are Commodore 65-tan and Windows 3.2-tan. The three of them are usually seen together, and met in their early years as wanderers.
-Suffered several near-death experiences, and struggled to survive for years as a wanderer, but became well-off and defied the odds against her.
-Wears a grey frilly blouse and blue skirt with ballet shoes.
-Keeps her hair tied in long, forked pigtails tied with red ribbons and decorated with hairclips. Has large, winged sunglasses with colored panels.

Quote from: undefinedName: Macintosh System 7.5
aka: Capone
Debut: Sep 1994
Height: 165 cm (5'5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Lilac
Hair: Blonde
Quick Facts:

-Has a disgruntled, and stoic demeanor, but can show a caring side.
-Is a gunslinger, and usually carries multiple guns with her, with one of them being an assault rifle.
-Is highly adventurous, and is an inventor, but has a questionable track record with her inventions and expeditions. (7.5 added a lot of features, but wasn't very stable, and was the basis for the OS of the Pippin, which wasn't commercially successful)
-Has long blonde hair with a large cowlick and a "7.5" hair clip.
-Wears a long blue dress with a white vest, combat boots and window bar-style armbands.
-Disappointed in herself during the OS Wars, she left as a wanderer to continue her life as a wandering vigilante, or mobster, depending on who you ask.
-Occasionally visits the Mac House, and quickly got along well with Mac OS 9-tan since they first met.
-Maintains a rivalry with Windows 3.1-tan, but they also have some respect towards each other.
-Gets along well with the OSX-kuns, but is willing to enforce punishment when needed.
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OS-tan Talk / Re: More IBM-tans III: The One...
Last post by Bella - July 13, 2019, 01:47:40 pm
Dear lord, I forgot about that SCPSYS sketch. Glad there's a personality and a more fleshed out design for her after all these years!

Is that a  m o o n  s p y  I see?
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General Chat / Re: random picture thread
Last post by Halian - July 09, 2019, 12:50:04 am
Cute :3
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General Chat / Re: random picture thread
Last post by stewartsage - July 08, 2019, 11:52:27 pm











From my picture collection.
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OS-tan Talk / Re: More IBM-tans III: The One...
Last post by stewartsage - July 08, 2019, 06:38:41 pm
It's the "oh I forgot to ever complete an OS-tan" post!  In the meantime, I found an amazing document from SCPSYS' creator, Donald C. Amoss that's really given me more to work with.  There's also a new IAS Machine because there aren't enough of them already.  There are a few more of them in the works.

SCPSYS-tan: AKA SCoPe SYStem-tan
-Extremely cheerful, friendly, somewhat aggressive, including about her intellectual capacity. (LINC Assembly re-written for PDP-8 architecture)
-Watches a lot of TV, makes her own educational programming (designed to have a CRT display for easy accessibility)
-Has a disdain for electrical engineers, having been forced to teach basic level programing for years.
-Feared "erasure" for years, after being nearly killed by several careless students (Being on one DECtape reel made it easy for careless students to really screw up her system)
-Quick on her feet, enjoys running (system speed was one of her big advantages)
-Status: Alive, in deep hiding to avoid being erased.

Physical: There is one concept sketch of SCPSYS; she's kind of like a sunburnt, shorter LINC.

References: DECUS Europe catalog, Proceedings of the 1972 Conference on Computers in Undergraduate Curricula, PDP-8 FAQs

NAREC-tan: AKA NAval REsearch Computer-tan
-ORDVAC-tan's only daughter, first granddaughter of IAS Machine
-Technically a secret agent, mostly does math for the scientists. (Built for eavesdropping passively on the Soviets via moon reflection; seldom used for that)
-Expert on stars, loves telescopes and amateur radio (Used to bounce signals for Navy communications off the moon and do radio astronomy)
-Don't look at the moon.
-Cannot stand too close to microwave or other radiating devices without suffering severe memory loss (NAREC would have its data blanked by a nearby radar dish every so often)
-Builds rockets for fun.
-Knew where satellites were by instinct (used to develop satellite tracking)
-Was once a friend to SAGE (helped do Navy calculations for SAMs)
-Status: Deceased 1972

Physical: Looks similar to ORDVAC but with dark blue hair.  Tends to wear lots of crystal and gem jewelry (helped pioneer the math for x-ray crystallography).

References: 50 Years of Army Computing: From ENIAC to MSRC, Pushing the Horizon: 75 years of High Stakes Science and Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory

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General Chat / Re: random picture thread
Last post by Gui55 - July 06, 2019, 06:04:30 am
You're alive, Choco! wtf.... ;^^
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General Anime and Manga / Re: What anime are ya watching...
Last post by Goujer - July 01, 2019, 09:15:14 am
I hear the Overlord novels were better.
Might give the novels a shot one day as I always feel I should be reading more.
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OS-tan Fan-Fics, Comics and Fan-Stuff / Re: SCRAP PAPER.
Last post by Aurora Borealis - June 28, 2019, 09:03:52 pm
Part 4: The Rediscoverer's research campaign commences!


Quote from: undefinedThe next day was mostly quiet at the Vintage Federation.

ZX Spectrum and Acorn MOS were away for most of the day, and returned in the evening. On their way back, they were chatting about where they were. Acorn MOS was carrying some papers. She was shorter than ZX Spectrum, and had short brown hair with a red headband, and asterisk-shaped hair clips. She wore a dark gray vest and skirt with a lighter gray blouse, black leggings and black shoes. Her vest was decorated with a silver Acorn logo pin, and a BBC Micro logo.

ZX Spectrum was amazed finding that Acorn MOS reported on Xenix's retirement and death. "I didn't know that you wrote about Xenix before!"
Acorn MOS felt slightly embarrassed. "It's a pity we had to go over to the news archive to get those articles. I couldn't keep my copies of most of what I wrote when I was a wanderer. If I had my copies of those articles, I would've given them to you as soon as you mentioned that you wanted to write about Xenix!"
"I had to give up a lot when I retired too" ZX Spectrum said, wistfully. She then cheered up. "But let's be glad that your articles were archived!"
"Indeed! Let's be glad too for our remaining followers that archived our programs that otherwise could've been lost!"

They were former rivals now working together on a shared goal.

Acorn MOS opened the door for ZX Spectrum, who had her hands full with stacks of papers.

"We're back from a news archive!" ZX Spectrum said as they both walked into the main room of the Vintage Federation house, where residents would usually gather.

Soon she was greeted by several of the other residents. Coleco Adam approached her with a worried look in her red eyes. She was with messy orange hair, wearing a a beige frilly shirt and knee breeches, with green frills on her shirt sleeves, and a frilly green collar. "Good! You made it back alive!" She exclaimed. She then stepped back. "Are those just papers, no tapes?" She asked.

"Yes. It would've cost more to get copies of their tape recordings. I'll save up for that another time, but thanks for asking!" ZX Spectrum said. Due to Coleco Adam's uncontrollable electromagnetic powers, she has to avoid being near any tapes. This was a difficult adjustment for her when she joined the Vintage Federation not too long ago.

ZX Spectrum's younger but taller, and older-looking sister, Sinclair QL approached. She looked and dressed similarly to ZX Spectrum, but looked to be in her early twenties. Her hair was also a sandy blonde, but in a loose ponytail, and her suit was in darker, non-clashing colors. "Welcome back, sis, and MOS!" she cheered. Their older sister ZX81 was also in the room, but was sitting down. "Welcome back!" she said as she went back to knitting something. Sinclair QL was just visiting and lived on her own, reluctant to retire, but she wanted to check on her older sisters.

"We're going upstairs to the library if you want to see what we've found" Acorn MOS said. In the library, she, ZX Spectrum, and Sinclair QL placed the papers they gathered on a large table, spreading them out and sorting them by chronological order.

While they were arranging the papers, and planning out how to arrange them in the genealogy book for PC-DOS, Windows 1.0 and 2.0, the three of them entered.

"Hi! we found a lot for your genealogy book about Xenix!" ZX Spectrum greeted them. "Do you want to look at these first?" Acorn MOS asked.
"This is amazing!" Windows 2.0 cheered. She began reading the first article on the table.
Remembering how Windows 2.0 reacted to finding out that Xenix kept secrets from her and the rest of her family, ZX Spectrum carefully warned her about some of the articles. "We found some more about Xenix that came as a shock to us. Do you want me to tell you about it now?"

Apple II and Lisa entered a minute later.
"Hey! How's it coming along?" Apple II asked, excited and curious. She was about the same height as Windows 2.0, and long blonde hair in braided pigtails, with red eyes, and was slightly tanned. She was wearing a red and white Edo-era farmer's outfit with brown work boots and a white bandana. Lisa was silently standing besides her. She also had long blonde hair, but her hair was decorated with rainbow Apple logo hairclips and a Lisa logo tiara. Contrasting with Apple II's appearance, Lisa was about a foot taller than her, was very pale, looked to be older. Her eyes were silver eyes, and she usually had a stoic or melancholy expression. She wore a long white sleeveless gown with white opera gloves.

ZX Spectrum turned towards them "It's going well! Micro and I found some more articles about Xenix, and we found some mentioning an Altair!"
Apple II looked surprised. "Altair? Could she be the same Altair that my mother knew?"
"They could be, but I'm looking for some pictures to confirm it. Was the Altair that your mother met the same one credited with the microcomputer revolution?"
"Yeah! That's her!" Apple II remembered seeing Altair in person, but hadn't talked with her very much. Apple II remembered that Altair was more distant towards her since shortly after her debut, but remained friends with Apple I. "She was more distant towards me and may have thought that I was a threat" she then said, her voice lowering.
"I hope that she put that behind. I don't know if she's still alive, but it saddens me that her influence has been almost forgotten"

"No way!" Windows 2.0 exclaimed. "Xenix-sama adopted QDOS-chan before MS-DOS-chan and PC-DOS-chan?" She was excited to find this as another piece of her family history that was forgotten, but then some other thoughts sunk in. "This was in 1980, before MS-DOS-chan and PC-DOS-chan, and they never mentioned QDOS-chan before we met her in the Vintage Federation". She ran out the room to collect her thoughts. "Should I ask them if they knew of QDOS-chan back in the 80's? What to do?"

"Oh no! I forgot that you were going to ask if she wanted to know what the articles were about first!" Apple II worried.
"Yeah, but--" ZX Spectrum said.
"I'm sorry" Apple II said. She turned to the doorway. "I distracted you from that when Altair-san was mentioned. We'll make sure she's alright". She and Lisa left the library.

ZX Spectrum looked down at the papers, and felt sad.
"This is what happens when so many family secrets are kept" Acorn MOS said, trying to assure her. "It wasn't your fault. We can't always guess how someone will react to finding some long-hidden secrets"
ZX Spectrum slumped over. "I'm still sad about it, because I was hoping this would be exciting for her, and bring her a lot of joy"

When walking down a hallway towards the stairs, Windows 2.0's thoughts were still racing.
"Hey" Apple II said, a few feet behind her. Windows 2.0 screamed for a moment. "Sorry, sorry, Apple II-san!" She then apologized, quickly turning her direction towards Apple II. "I have so many thoughts over this" her voice started to tremble.
"Do you want to talk about it? Would that help?"

"The article I read said that MS-DOS-chan and PC-DOS-chan were cloned from QDOS-chan. I knew that QDOS-chan was abandoned before she joined us, but I didn't realize that she could've been abandoned so early in life!"
Apple II stumbled with what to say for a few moments. "Xenix never told you about her?"
"No. MS-DOS-chan and PC-DOS-chan might not have been told about her either".
Apple II seemed slighly confused and worried. The concept of keeping family secrets like that was an unusual one to her. She remembered how back when she was living with the Mac-tans, that she told them stories about Apple I and Apple III, who would've otherwise been forgotten other than their public reputations that would've faded into being urban legends.

Apple II, Lisa and Windows 2.0 walked down the hallway, and down the stairs to the large community room. In the room, they saw a short woman with long grey hair, small glasses, and wearing a stylized doctor's outfit sitting in a chair. She was DR-DOS, mother of the DOS-tans. She was chatting with her younger sister GEM, who was next to her working on necklaces and bracelets fashioned with glass and crystal beads on a small table.
They noticed Apple II, Lisa, and Windows 2.0 walking into the room.
"Hi!" GEM said.
"Hello! How's it going?" DR-DOS said.
"It's going fine! Lisa, GS/OS and I will be bundling herbs we grew, and make batches of caramel apples on the morning before the carnival!" Apple II said. She and Lisa walked over to GEM, and looked at the jewelry she was making. "These are beautiful! Will you be selling them at the carnival?"
"I will!" GEM said. "I'll also be one of the performers!"
While Apple II and GEM chatted about the upcoming carnival, she noticed that Windows 2.0 hadn't moved from her spot, right in the doorway.
"You look worried" DR-DOS said.
"I was... just thinking about something..." Windows 2.0 said.
"You should sit down and relax, you look so tense".
"Hey, 2.0!" QDOS said.
Windows 2.0 sat down in a chair near QDOS, and asked about the machine she was fixing. While talking, she also saw two of the other DOS-tans playing checkers.
"You look happier!" QDOS said.
"I do?" Windows 2.0 asked. Then she realized she was feeling happier.
"Times have changed since then..." she thought. She can't undo the past to stop DR-DOS from ignoring her children or seeing them as her competitors for many years, but the temptation to confront DR-DOS about it subsided. Times have changed and DR-DOS made amends and accept each of her children when she retired.
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General Chat / Re: Weird dreams?
Last post by Penti-chan - June 21, 2019, 08:15:11 am
I had this one last night (7/21), and decided to type it down while I could recall decent details on it. In it, Kari was reading about some unsolved crimes, when she stumbled onto one that, for whatever reason, the website couldn't go into detail on it (I don't remember why), but gave some info on where one could go to find out more. Due to her curiosity, we went there...with her dressed like a protagonist of Kamen Rider (As in, the armored suit).

When we got to the place, which was like a stadium, the presentation began...with a live performance by Disturbed, of their song, Ten Thousand Fists, that for some reason opened with them doing a version of Rush's 2112 Overture before going into their song. I woke up after the song finished, though, so I never saw the actual presentation we went there for.

EDIT: Had one last night in which my local Walmart put in this "build your own pizza" thing at the back of the store; where you got to assemble and bake your own personal-sized pizza. The weird part is that this was located in the toy department, with the bicycles...and for some reason the types of crust were named after characters that appeared in Super Smash Bros.; like, the deep dish pizza was the "Bayonetta", for whatever reason.
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