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  1. 1. Names, Availability, Brand vs. Generic Issues, Forms
    1. 1.1 US brand name: Risperdal
    2. 1.2 Available as Risperdal in these countries1
    3. 1.3 Other trade name(s) for Risperdal used in these countries1
    4. 1.4 Generic Name and Availability
    5. 1.5 risperidone is available in these countries2
    6. 1.6 Branded generic names3
    7. 1.7 Specific generics with complaints, or preferred generics manufacturers
    8. 1.8 Generics with independently-tested bioequivalence
    9. 1.9 Forms and Classes
  2. 2. Approved and Off-Label Uses
    1. 2.1 US FDA approved use(s)
    2. 2.2 Risperdal is approved elsewhere for
    3. 2.3 Common off-label uses
    4. 2.4 Less common/experimental off-label uses
    5. 2.5 Failed off-label uses
    6. 2.6 Potentially dangerous off-label uses
    7. 2.7 When / why you should take Risperdal
    8. 2.8 When / why you should not take Risperdal
  3. 3. Chances of Working & Comparisons with Other Meds
    1. 3.1 How long until Risperdal starts working:
    2. 3.2 Likelihood Risperdal will work for its approved indications:
    3. 3.3 For off-label applications:
    4. 3.4 Risperdal versus other Antipsychotics for approved treatments:
    5. 3.5 For off-label uses:
  4. 4. Dosage, Titration, and Discontinuation
    1. 4.1 Dosage and doses:
    2. 4.2 Best time / way to take Risperdal:
    3. 4.3 Titration schedule:
    4. 4.4 How to discontinue Risperdal:
    5. 4.5 Discontinuation symptoms:
    6. 4.6 Notes, tips, etc. about discontinuing Risperdal:
  5. 5. Pros, Cons, and Interesting Information
    1. 5.1 Pros
    2. 5.2 Cons
    3. 5.3 Interesting stuff your doctor probably didn’t tell you:
  6. 6. Side Effects and Pregnancy Category
    1. 6.1 Typical side effects
    2. 6.2 Uncommon side effects
    3. 6.3 Potentially dangerous side effects:
    4. 6.4 Freaky rare side effects:
    5. 6.5 Ways to counter / minimize / mitigate / deal with some side effects
    6. 6.6 Pregnancy category

This is essentially everything we know about Risperdal (risperidone) on two big-ass pages. On this page is brand / trade names to odds of working and comparisons with other meds, or pretty much everything most people want to know. Page two is pharmacokinetics to the bibliography, or: I’m sure somebody wants to about 0.1% of people who read about a med look at it.

The titles for most sections link to the pages for those sections. While all the information is on these two comprehensive pages, the individual section pages go into a little more detail about what it all means.

1.  Names, Availability, Brand vs. Generic Issues, Forms

1.1  US brand name: Risperdal

Just because a drug is available in one country doesn’t mean you can get it everywhere. Even if a medication is available elsewhere, it won’t necessarily have the same brand, or trade name everywhere it is sold.

1.2  Available as Risperdal in these countries1

  • Argentina, Australia, EU, Ireland, Liechtenstein, UK
  • Risperdal Consta: Australia, Argentina, EU, Ireland, New Zealand, UK

1.3  Other trade name(s) for Risperdal used in these countries1

  • Belivon: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden
  • Risperdal Quicklet (Orally disintegrating tablets): Australia, EU, Ireland, Liechtenstein, UK
  • Risperdal Instasolv (ODT): Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg
  • Neripros: Indonesia
  • Noprenia: Indonesia
  • Tractal: Colombia
  • Zofredal: Indonesia
  • リスパダー / Risperdal: Japan
  • Рисполепт / Rispolept: Bulgaria, Russia
  • РИСПОЛЕПТ КОНСТА / Rispolept Consta: Bulgaria, Russia
  • الريسبيريدون / Risperdal: Saudi Arabia, perhaps other Arabic-speaking countries

1.4  Generic Name and Availability

A drug’s generic, or international nonproprietary name (INN) is how it is uniquely identified around the world. Or not. The generic version of a med is are often available in other countries long before they are in the US.

Generic name/INN:risperidone
US Generic available?Yes

1.5  risperidone is available in these countries2

Australia, Canada, EU, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Viet Nam, UK

1.6  Branded generic names3

  • Resdep: Viet Nam
  • Rispid: India
  • Rispolept: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
  • Rispolept Quicklet (ODT): Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
  • Rizodal: Indonesia
  • Sperifar: Viet Nam

1.7  Specific generics with complaints, or preferred generics manufacturers

In theory the generic version of a med is the same as the brand-name version. In practice that is usually, but not always the case. Especially with crazy meds. If we know of any problems with particular generics, or if some generics are better than others, we’ll let you know.

1.8  Generics with independently-tested bioequivalence

1.9  Forms and Classes

Available/supplied as:

  • Tablets: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg
  • Orally disintegrating tablets (ODT): 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg
  • 1mg/ml Oral solution (I can tell you from personal experience that it tastes horrible)
  • 25 mg Intramuscular injection - as RisperdalConsta
Primary Drug Class:Antipsychotics
Additional Drug Categories:

2.  Approved and Off-Label Uses

Drugs are officially approved to be used for certain things, and they may be approved for one thing in one country but something else entirely in another.4

2.1  US FDA approved use(s)

  • Schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 years old and older
  • Short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder
    • in adults Risperdal may be used alone or in combination with lithium or Depakote
    • in children and adolescents 10–17 years old Risperdal is approved to be taken alone
  • The treatment of parent-embarrassing symptomsirritability associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in children and adolescents 5–16 years old

Risperdal Consta (long-acting injection) is approved only for adults. Otherwise the indications are identical to Risperdal tablets and oral solution:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder, either used alone, or in combination with lithium or Depakote

2.2  Risperdal is approved elsewhere for

2.3  Common off-label uses

Meds are often prescribed for conditions or people they aren’t approved to treat. This is known as off-label prescribing. Some off-label prescribing is so common that lots of people think the medication is a first-line treatment for the condition it’s prescribed to treat.

  • Augmenting SSRIs to treat OCD and/or major depression.
  • Panic/Anxiety.

2.4  Less common/experimental off-label uses

When all else fails and you’ve run out of other options, the experimental use of some drug may be your best chance at treating something. Be careful! Otherwise safe meds can be downright dangerous when used for some things.

2.5  Failed off-label uses

LSD-induced hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder (HPPD). Apparently Risperdal makes it worse, not better.

2.6  Potentially dangerous off-label uses

2.7  When / why you should take Risperdal

Just because a medication is approved or commonly prescribed for a particular condition doesn’t necessarily mean you should be taking it for that condition. There could be a drug that might be better to try first, or at least talk to your doctor about trying first, or the condition you have isn’t bad enough to warrant medication at all.

You have bipolar disorder and experience only dysphoric manias where anger, rage, broken furniture, and visits from the police are the primary symptoms. You’re an adult with ASD who also has another condition often treated with APs. Risperdal is actually pretty good for a variety of ASD symptoms.

2.8  When / why you should not take Risperdal

You had tardive dyskinesia (TD), extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), or some other movement disorder from another antipsychotic.
Or you had a prolactin-related side effect, which usually involves your boobs.

3.  Chances of Working & Comparisons with Other Meds

Two of the most important things to know when deciding on which med is the best for a particular condition5: how likely is it to work and how long will it take.
The odds of a med working for a particular condition and how long it generally takes to work should be fairly easy to nail down, and not need to be summed up by the Internet shorthand YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). Unfortunately because no one is quite sure exactly what causes various conditions - further complicated when everything is a spectrum disorder - and they’re never really sure about how a med works in the first place, especially when there are lots of contradictory and/or questionable studies,6 we can only give you an idea somewhat less vague than support groups and PI sheets, but certainly more accurate than the implied “it fixes everything all the time!” promises of pharmaceutical advertising.
See our page on the tests researchers use to measure the efficacy of medications, including during clinical trials to get FDA approval.

3.1  How long until Risperdal starts working:

Like all antipsychotics you’ll feel something the next day. Within five to six days you’ll know if this med is going to do anything for you. Various studies and trials have shown results in 2 to 7 days.

3.2  Likelihood Risperdal will work for its approved indications:

For schizophrenia:

  • Excellent for “simple” / “normal” schizophrenia, schizoaffective and schizophreniform disorders. That is if you’ve tried a bunch of other meds (except for the really broad-spectrum ones like Seroquel, Zyprexa, Saphris, and Clozaril) and they haven’t worked, Risperdal probably won’t either. If Risperdal is your first med, go for it!
  • According to Stahl, between five and 15% of people who take Risperdal or Invega respond well enough to hold down real jobs and live independently.
  • It seems as if Janssen isn’t filled with a lot of confidence when it comes to RisperdalConsta, the every-other-week, 25mg intramuscular injection version. I’m merely inferring that based upon the consumer-oriented schizophrenia sections of the official US website for RisperdalConsta. Unlike Janssen’s other consumer-oriented site, the RisperdalConsta site displays the typical bigotry found all over the place: the bipolar may be able take of themselves but the schizophrenic are too fucking crazy to do so.

For bipolar mania:

  • Pretty good as far as antipsychotics go.
  • If you tend to get dysphoric manias and/or mixed states instead of euphoric manias, Risperdal might become your best friend.
  • Especially if you are taking another mood stabilizer and take Risperdal only when you need it (PRN) for those times you turn into the Incredible Hulk and smash every glass, dish and piece of furniture where you live and generally scare the shit out of anyone you live with.
  • And have had the police stop by.
  • And you may have had a time-out from polite society in jail and/or the lock ward of a psychiatric hospital due to such outbursts.
  • So tardive dyskinesia be damned, I still have some squirreled away for such emergencies.

3.3  For off-label applications:

3.4  Risperdal versus other Antipsychotics for approved treatments:

For Schizophrenia

  • Abilify 20-30mg vs. 6mg Risperdal vs. Placebo for schizophrenia & schizoaffective disorders. This is a BMS-sponsored study, so you know Abilify is going to win. The results: A tie! Even with one hand tied behind its back, Risperdal was just as good as Abilify. Abilify was better for negative symptoms and Risperdal was better for positive symptoms. Abilify sucked a lot less for the big-ticket side effects of weight gain, hyperprolactinemia-associated adverse reactions (porno boobs, leaky tits, sexual dysfunction, etc.), and QT interval, but Risperdal is easier to keep down. Oddly enough movement disorders were identical, but this was high-dosage Abilify vs. low target dosage (for schizophrenia) Risperdal.

3.5  For off-label uses:

4.  Dosage, Titration, and Discontinuation

One of the most important aspects of any medication is how to go about taking it. This includes:

  • how much to take (the dosage or dose)
  • when and how often to take it (dosing schedule or doses)
  • how much to start with and how to increase the dose/dosage until you’re taking the target amount (titration or titration schedule).

This information is always in the PI sheet, is usually in the information for patients leaflets, most doctors will give you some idea of what it will be like, and this is what every pharmacist is trained and paid to tell you.
We here at Crazymeds often disagree with the official schedules found in the PI sheets. We usually advocate starting at a lower dosage than recommended. One of our core philosophies is increasing the dosages as slowly as one’s condition allows, and staying at the dosage that works instead of a target dosage7. More and more doctors are agreeing with us8. You and your doctor can always discuss increasing the dosage when you need to in advance.

4.1  Dosage and doses:

For schizophrenia: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1–2mg a day until you reach 4mg a day. If needed, keep increasing the dosage until you reach 8mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 4–16mg a day.
For bipolar disorder: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2–3mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1mg a day until you reach the target dosage of 1–6mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 1–6mg a day.
I don’t think I’m crazy enough to understand their math. The dosages we suggest depend on how crazy you are at the time and if you’re already taking something. If you’re not too crazy and/or taking something, try 0.25 - 0.5mg and increase by 0.25mg every 2–4 days. If very crazy, go with Janssen’s schedule. RisperdalConsta is one 25mg intramuscular injection every other week for bipolar or schizophrenia.

4.2  Best time / way to take Risperdal:

The PI sheet states that you absolutely cannot mix the foul-tasting oral solution with, or follow it by colas or teas.

4.3  Titration schedule:

For schizophrenia: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1–2mg a day until you reach 4mg a day. If needed, keep increasing the dosage until you reach 8mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 4–16mg a day.
For bipolar disorder: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2–3mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1mg a day until you reach the target dosage of 1–6mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 1–6mg a day.
I don’t think I’m crazy enough to understand their math. The dosages we suggest depend on how crazy you are at the time and if you’re already taking something. If you’re not too crazy and/or taking something, try 0.25 - 0.5mg and increase by 0.25mg every 2–4 days. If very crazy, go with Janssen’s schedule. RisperdalConsta is one 25mg intramuscular injection every other week for bipolar or schizophrenia.

4.4  How to discontinue Risperdal:

One thing PI sheets and doctors infrequently discuss, and don’t go into enough detail about, is how to discontinue a medication. With some meds it’s not too bad, but with others it can be a nightmare.
Your doctor should be recommending that you reduce your dosage by 0.25 or 0.5mg a day every 4 to 5 days, if not more slowly than that. Like all antipsychotics, you can stop taking it all at once in an emergency situation (e.g. a life-threatening allergic reaction), but you should do that only under a doctor’s supervision.

4.5  Discontinuation symptoms:

4.6  Notes, tips, etc. about discontinuing Risperdal:

Don’t mix the oral solution with anything. It’s the equivalent of cherry-flavored cough syrup. Instead of masking the bad flavor, it just makes it worse. No matter what you use you wind up having to drink more of something that tastes awful. Cowboy up, squirt it as far back in your mouth as you can stand, and follow it with lots and lots of water.

5.  Pros, Cons, and Interesting Information

Every med has its good points and its bad points. This is what we think those are.
Doctors don’t have the time to tell you everything about a drug. Patient information leaflets leave out a lot. Even if the PI sheet covers everything the language is so dense and obtuse that the good stuff is often lost in information overload. Most meds have something interesting about them.

5.1  Pros

Stops the rage induced by a dysphoric mania, or mixed state, or autistic melt-down, or extreme schizophrenic agitation, like nothing else. In anywhere from an hour to the next day, without necessarily having to knock you out.
Other than the fact it’s working you can’t even tell you’re taking it for most applications.

5.2  Cons

While its side effect profile is low at the low dosages, at the dosages required to treat the primary approved applications - schizophrenia and bipolar - it frequently does a number on your hormones. The rates for EPS & TD are higher than some standard antipsychotics.

5.3  Interesting stuff your doctor probably didn’t tell you:

Risperdal is one of those drugs where the med you take isn’t the substance that does anything. Risperdal is metabolized by your liver to create the drug that actually does something, and that drug is available as Invega.

6.  Side Effects and Pregnancy Category

Potential side effects are used as a rationalization to not take a medication. Many people will stop taking an otherwise working drug because of one or more relatively minor, or often temporary side effects. There may even be ways to counter or mitigate side effects.
It all comes down to a very important question: which sucks less?
No matter what crazy med you take, it will probably make you feel spacey and generally out of it for the first few days (i.e. don’t operate heavy machinery), as well as make you drowsy. Even stimulants can make you drowsy. Risperdal will probably affect your dreams as well, and there’s no way to tell if that will be a temporary or permanent side effect. Don’t be surprised if your stomach and/or other parts of your GI system complain for at least the first few days.

6.1  Typical side effects

Most everyone gets at least one or two of these.
The usual: headache, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, sleepiness and lethargy or insomnia and way too much energy. Most everything of these go away within a couple of weeks, although the sleep & lethargy or insomnia & being wired may take a little longer.

6.2  Uncommon side effects

You may or may not get one or more of these.

  • Side effects due to increased prolactin
    • Loss of libido & other sexual dysfunctions
    • Swollen/enlarged breasts (AKA porno boobs)
    • Unexpected lactation (it’s especially unexpected when it happens to guys)
  • AP-induced movement disorders
    • Tardive dyskinesia (TD)
    • Extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS)
    • Risperdal is currently known as the worst AAP, and one of, if not the worst AP in general when it comes to movement disorders
  • Heart palpitations, tachycardia and other cardiac weirdness
    • But not prolonged QT interval. Risperdal is one of the safest APs on that account.

These side effects all seem to be dosage-related, so the higher the dosage the more likely / worse they’ll be.

6.3  Potentially dangerous side effects:

If you have these, call your doctor ASAP. Or now. Or get the hell off of the Internet and go to the ER. NOW!

6.4  Freaky rare side effects:

You won’t get these. Unless you already have and that’s why you’re here.
Rabbit Syndrome. Duck syndrome. Rabbit syndrome! Duck syndrome! Rabbit syndrome!! Rabbit syndrome!!! Sorry 9.
Plus discolored feces, and increased pigmentation.

6.5  Ways to counter / minimize / mitigate / deal with some side effects

6.6  Pregnancy category

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1 EU: European Union. Currently Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Not all drugs approved in any one EU country are approved in all, but most crazy meds approved in several EU countries are at least obtainable in all EU countries on the European mainland. I'm not sure about Britain, Cyprus, Ireland, and Malta.
The UK and Ireland are listed separately because we're a primarily English-language site. Plus the UK tends to be more independent on more matters than any other EU member state, so it should probably be listed separately no matter what language a site like this is in.
While the EU is moving toward one brand name for the same med, that's not going to happen overnight. And people will still refer to meds by old brand names. So we'll list old brand names until they vanish.

2 Generic availability isn't fully harmonized in the EU. Sometimes a drug is available everywhere as a generic, sometimes it's available only in a few member states. We'll provide the best information we have.

3 The term "branded generic" has three meanings:
1) A generic drug produced by a generics manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company that makes the branded version. E.g. Greenstone Pharmaceuticals makes gabapentin**, and they are owned by Pfizer***, who also own Parke-Davis, the makers of Neurontin.
2) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Teva's Budeprion), but otherwise has the same active ingredient as the original branded version (Wellbutrin).
3) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Sanofi-Aventis' Aplenzin, which is bupropion hydrobromide) and uses a salt of the active ingredient that is different from the original branded version and other generics (Wellbutrin, Budeprion and all the others are bupropion hydrochloride). We aren't sure if that really makes a difference or not. The FDA says they're the same thing. As usual, the data are contradictory, but most evidence indicates that the FDA is right and the differences are negligible.
For our purposes a "branded generic name" refers to the second and third definitions. We'll note if any preferred generics are manufactured by the pioneering company's subsidiary.

4 Before Cymbalta (duloxetine) was approved as an antidepressant in the US it was already approved in the EU, but only for stress urinary incontinence and sold under the trade name Yentreve. Duloxetine is now sold in the EU as an antidepressant under the trade name Cymbalta.
A better known, if slightly different example is bupropion. According to the 2007 edition of Mosby's Drug Consult, in the US, Canada and Singapore you can get both Wellbutrin (bupropion) as an antidepressant or Zyban (bupropion) to stop smoking. In Korea, Thailand and most of South America (but not Brazil) you can get bupropion (under various trade names) only as an antidepressant. In Brazil, the EU & UK, Israel, India, Australia and New Zealand it's only available as Zyban to help you stop smoking.

5 Assuming you were correctly diagnosed in the first place.

6 Keep in mind that according to one study, most drug studies will skew in favor of the med made by the company that sponsored the study.***** That's one of my favorite "no shit Sherlock" studies, although it did help in getting conflicts of interest showing up on papers.
Two additional papers along similar lines are Why Current Publication Practices May Distort Science******* and Why Most Published Research Findings Are False********. So in addition to the books we use as source material, this is why we also factor a lot of anecdotal evidence (personal experience, experiences of people we know, case reports, what people have sent us in e-mail, and what is posted all over the Internet) into our conclusions regarding the likelihood of meds working, the prevalence of various side effects, etc.
While the drug companies are getting a lot more transparent and publishing more data in the PI sheets regarding the results of the clinical trials, they still don't publish how many times a drug failed a clinical trial.********

7 Although not everyone has the luxury of stopping at a dosage when the symptoms abate and not increasing it unless the return. Sometimes you just have to keep going up until you reach that target dosage. E.g. you have a history of seizures that haven't yet responded to several medications.

8 Most notably Dr. Edward Faught, founder and Director of the Epilepsy Center, and vice chairman of the Department of Neurology, at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. His article on new antiepileptic drugs in Volume 7 issue 1 of Peer Review in Review stressed starting at low dosages, doing a slow titration, and stopping at the dosage where symptoms were under control. In Topiramate in the treatment of partial and generalized epilepsy****, the one free, full-text article I could find (that's not about geriatric patients), he again stresses the low and slow approach to avoid or lessen most side effects, while still achieving seizure control in the same amount of time.

9 On the off chance you have no idea what that means, copy & paste this link into a convenient browser window: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNETiaGVBoE

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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazymeds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]

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