man created offline ChatGPT for safekeeping

Someone has created a ChatGPT app for Windows 3.1 PCs. WinGPT brings a very basic version of OpenAI's ChatGPT responses into an app that can run on an ancient 386 chip. It's built by the same mysterious developer behind Windle, a Wordle clone for Microsoft's Windows 3.1 operating system. "I didn't want my Gateway 4DX2-66 from 1993 to be left out of the AI revolution, so I built an AI Assistant for Windows 3.1, based on the OpenAI API," says the developer in a Hacker News thread.

WinGPT is written in C using Microsoft's standard Windows API and connects to OpenAI's API server using TLS 1.3, so there's no need for a separate modern PC. That was a particularly interesting part of getting this app running on Windows 3.1, alongside managing the memory segmentation architecture on 16-bit versions of Windows and building the UI for the app. Neowin notes that the ChatGPT responses are only brief due to the limited memory support that can't handle the context of conversations. The icon for WinGPT was also designed in Borland's Image Editor, a clone of Microsoft Paint that's capable of making ICO files.

"I built most of the UI in C directly, meaning that each UI component had to be manually constructed in code," says the anonymous WinGPT developer. "I was surprised that the set of standard controls available to use by any program with Windows 3.1 is incredibly limited. You have some controls you'd expect -- push buttons, check boxes, radio buttons, edit boxes -- but any other control you might need, including those used across the operating system itself, aren't available."

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    neat as a proof of concept

    >Neowin notes that the ChatGPT responses are only brief due to the limited memory support that can't handle the context of conversations

    this part seems odd though? it's just plain text, even a 386 should be able to handle a lot of plain text, far more than gpt's context window. people ran full GUI word processors on them

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      should have made a MSDOS application then, they ware always more capable than Win 3, Windows only rise in power due to it having GUIse

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Text in the context window isn't plain text, it's tokens in a tree.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        This... isn't how this works at all.

        You're not sending tokens to ChatGPT via API, you're sending plain text, and OpenAI tokenizes it.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          and if it's self hosted it's all tokenizing and shoving it into local memory dumbfrick

          did you read the thread?

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            OP is a homosexual using clickbait titles. it's just a visual wrapper.

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >offline ChatGPT
    >connects to OpenAI's API server
    ???
    guy just built a chatgpt gui for win3.1, which while cool and all is not at all offline ChatGPT

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Zoomers attention span can't go beyond the first 8 words of a paragraph

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      clickbait Black folkhit. this anon is right. and this one is a homosexual

      Zoomers attention span can't go beyond the first 8 words of a paragraph

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    this isn't really that impressive
    he just uses some SSL library to call their and something similar to the Win32 UI toolkit

    a freshman college student could have done the same using more relevant tools

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      how do you explain the massive news coverage then?

      • 8 months ago
        sage

        moronic sheep

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      The impressive, really just notable, part is porting a modern TLS library to a 16 bit OS.

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    The MAN does it again, what a crazy world!

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >offline ChatGP
    >connects to OpenAI's API server
    YOU DIDN'T EVEN READ YOUR OWN POST.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >WinGPT is written in C using Microsoft's standard Windows API and connects to OpenAI's API server using TLS 1.3

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      could've been worse, he could've proxied the api request without TLS through a more modern computer, this way he actually did at least something

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's fairly impressive actually, tough to fit a modern TLS client into 64K segments. OP is obviously confused though.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        you only need segmentation in real mode, I imagine he sidestepped that by just saying "well you need a 386" (ie, protected mode)

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Nope.
          https://www.dialup.net/wingpt/tls.html

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    TUMMY SEXX

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nice belly button, can i touch it
    Does it redirct to your cat

  9. 8 months ago
    sage

    >WinGPT is written in C using Microsoft's standard Windows API and connects to OpenAI's API server using TLS 1.3,
    thanks for wasting my time on your DUMB CLICKBAIT thread homosexual

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