George R.R. Martin, author of the acclaimed series-turned HBO show A Song of Ice and Fire, has written a lot of words — around 1.7 million, to be exact — and you'll never guess what program he uses to compose them. At last year's season three premiere, we learned that George drafts his thousand-page stories on an ancient DOS ("disk operating system") computer. Last night on Conan, the author explained why he's decided to stick to the old program (watch it below!).
"I don't need any help," George said. "I hate these newer programs that turn lowercase letters into uppercase letters. If I wanted a capital, I would've typed a capital! I know how to use a shift key."
Remember Windows 95? That was a partially DOS-based operating system. The vintage machines were extremely popular from the early to mid-1980s, which makes George the ultimate hipster.